When: Friday, October 20 at 12:05 p.m. – 1:00 pm
Topic: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), preventable traumatic events in the lives of children in utero through age 17 that significantly impact their sense of safety, security, and connectedness and their physical and emotional development over time. These children are at higher risk of mental illness, substance abuse, and chronic health issues which compromise their well-being and ability to lead a full and productive life. Women and adults with ethnic and racial backgrounds are at higher risk of ACEs and of having children who are also impacted, leading to generational cycles of child trauma.
Panelists will focus on children prenatally and up to age three, a critical period of child development significantly impacted by ACEs. Discussion will follow on what is currently being done to address child trauma and the gaps, potential policy solutions, and what communities can do to help break the cycle of child trauma for the most vulnerable among us; infants who cannot speak or care for themselves.