Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
Exposure to adverse experiences and toxic stress in childhood are key factors in negative physical and/or mental health outcomes in adulthood. Excessive stress can disrupt the architecture of the developing brain, leading to maladaptive behaviours and compromising health over a lifespan.
Youth in our programs report an average of 6 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), most commonly:
- child exposed to financial stress
- parental separation or divorce
- a household member with mental illness
- the child is coping with mental illness
- child exposed to violence in the home
- a family member with substance abuse
- involvement with child welfare
Supportive, developmental relationships such as those facilitated by our organization can mitigate the impacts of ACEs by laying a foundation for resilience.