ACEs Connection

Healthy, happy kids grow up to create a healthy, happy world.

This community of practice uses trauma-informed, resilience-building practices to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences & further trauma.


How to use ACEsTooHigh Network - it's easy!

Think of this network as a Facebook just for the community of people who are implementing -- or thinking of implementing -- ACE concepts in international, national, state or local agencies, organizations, or communities.

It's incredible just how much activity is taking place across the country -- people are instituting a trauma-informed or trauma-sensitive approach in education, juvenile justice, mental health clinics, hospitals, child welfare, prisons, domestic violence programs, cities, towns and neighborhoods.

This network can help you achieve your goals faster by sharing resources, news about upcoming events, and information about best and worst practices.  

It's easy to start: Just sign up, fill out your profile, and go to "My Page" to start adding information about what you're doing.

If you're looking for others who are doing what you're doing or what you want to do, start a group and invite people to join. 

This ACEs Too High Network also links to the news site, which is for the general public. Much of what is posted there ends up here, with the addition of details that are of more interest to this community. 

 If you've got a question, send me a message by putting a comment on my wall. I'll be glad to get on the phone with you to answer any questions. 


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Blog Posts

In California, an Effort to Stop Locking Up Truants

Photo credit: Geoff Stearns, Flickr

With all the talk about ending the school-to-prison pipeline, many people may be surprised to learn that California still, in the year…


Posted by Rebecca Ruiz on April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm

Opinion: We Are Abandoning Children in Foster Care

In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were "emancipated" or "aged out." In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional…


Posted by Rebecca Ruiz on April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm

New Antidepressant Approach: Natural Resilence

A new study points to a conceptually novel therapeutic strategy for treating depression. Instead of dampening neuron firing found with stress-induced depression, researchers demonstrated for the first time that further activating these neurons opens a new…


Posted by Rebecca Ruiz on April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm

Despite Progress in Helping Abused Children, More Needs to be Done

Seven-year-old Sarah suddenly seemed withdrawn and tired. She started to wake up with bad dreams and was wetting the bed for the first time in years. A letter from school expressed concern about her progress in class. Sarah's parents were worried.

When Sarah told them that she had…


Posted by Rebecca Ruiz on April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm

Soldiers Can Learn Adaptive Techniques for Stress

Repeated deployments into harm's way can accumulate unresolved tensions and stress, resulting in post-traumatic stress. On the other hand, Soldiers can learn adaptive techniques that inoculate them against it.

That's what Dr. Elizabeth A.…


Posted by Rebecca Ruiz on April 18, 2014 at 12:00pm


Healing 10---organizing for viral health 4 Replies

Started by Jeff Putthoff,SJ in Untitled Category. Last reply by Shelley Calissendorff 18 hours ago.

How Can We Intervene Early and Preserve the Parent Child Attachment? 2 Replies

Started by Robbyn Peters Bennett in Untitled Category. Last reply by Shelley Calissendorff on Monday.

What's Wrong v. What Happened ? 2 Replies

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I need butterfly drawings.

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Ohio ACEs Network

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