Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are significant childhood traumas that result in actual changes in brain development; changes that affect a child’s cognitive, social, and mental health. Resilience is the ability to counter the risk factors that endanger our health. The Centers for Disease Control view ACEs as “one of, if not the leading determinant of the health and social well-being of our nation.”

Within our 5 programs, SCAN works with many children and parents who have experienced adverse childhood experiences. The work done within our programs helps build resilience to overcome the lasting effects of this trauma. Research has shown that children who have social and emotional difficulties early in life are more likely to experience expulsion from school, drop out of school, be arrested, develop substance abuse problems and die at a younger age.

The Trauma Informed Community Network (TICN), which SCAN helped develop in 2011 and continues to lead, is comprised of representatives from various non-profit, for-profit and government agencies in the Greater Richmond area. They are dedicated to supporting and advocating for continuous trauma informed care for all children and families. The TICN provides resources, education, and consultation to a variety of child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health stakeholders to promote the utilization of strengths based trauma informed best practices in their work with children and families. Their work keeps helps organizations understand the impact of ACEs and increase their capacity to build resilience in families and their organization.

Ten ACE’s

•Emotional Abuse

•Child sexual abuse

•Mentally ill, depressed or suicidal family member

•Emotional neglect

•Drug addicted or alcoholic family member

•Witnessing domestic violence against mother

•Child physical abuse

•Incarceration of a family member

•Loss of a parent to death or abandonment

•Physical neglect


The Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI) was created to bring awareness and education within their community on the life-long effects of ACEs and the power of resilience. To read more about Resilience Trumps ACEs, and the work of the Children’s Resilience Initiative™ (CRI), click here.


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