When you hear “ACE,” you may think of a fighter pilot, a tennis serve, or a playing card, but in this short series, “ACE” refers to an “adverse childhood experience” as defined by researchers looking at childhood trauma and outcomes later in life using a massive sample size (thousands of participants) over multiple years.

ACEs include:

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional)
  • Neglect (physical or emotional)
  • Parental or intimate partner violence
  • Substance misuse or mental illness within a household
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Incarcerated household member

In simple terms, early trauma and stressors can impact a child for life. We’ll look at some ACE studies, what researchers have found, and what still is being explored. Hannah Grace Homes realizes the gravity of childhood trauma firsthand—and how deep the wounds can affect each girl. Please pray for our house parents, counselors, and others as we point young women to a more hopeful future.


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