Adverse Childhood Experiences

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What are ACEs?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that compromise our mental and physical health. Although they occur in childhood, they can affect both adults and children.

Video: TEDx Talk: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime – How Common are ACEs Adverse Childhood Experiences | Dr. Nadine Burke Harris 


The 10 ACEs

10 aces

Where does it hurt?

Adverse Childhood Experiences can affect mental and physical health

ACEs are serious childhood traumas that cause toxic stress. Stress affects brain development in children, which can result in long-term mental health problems and health concerns into adulthood. Toxic stress in childhood can increase stress hormones, raising heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and muscle tension. When a child’s brain is busy trying to protect itself, there is no room left for learning, play, and emotional growth.

10 aces

ACEs can increase the risk of:


What to do about ACEs

History isn’t destiny. You can prevent ACEs in your children or start healing from your own. Building resilience, the ability to adapt to difficult situations, is the key to protecting yourself and your family from the effects of ACEs.

For Everyone

For Parents

Helping children and adults heal from ACEs

It’s never too late to feel better. Whether a parent suffered adverse experiences in their own childhood or their child is affected now, there are simple ways to reboot the brain and create new pathways for healing.

It’s always the right time to get help

If you or your child has had adverse childhood experiences, start by talking to a trauma-informed therapist. In the meantime, find a support group, make time to exercise, prepare healthy meals, and practice mindfulness. Building resilience and finding support is key to recovery and enjoying a healthy life.

Springboard Community Services
Harford County Office
44 E. Gordon Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Grant is funded through Harford County Government— Local Management Board

Relax, It’s Covered

We provide services regardless of your ability to pay. We accept most commercial insurance plans, as well as Medicare, Medicaid, and offer a sliding scale fee for those without insurance.

Harford County Office 
44 East Gordon Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

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Harford County Info

FCS Baltimore Location

Baltimore City Office 
4623 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

*The Baltimore City location also serves Baltimore County.

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800-899-4601 (toll free) 

Carroll County Office 
22 North Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157

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Our Main Number 410-669-9000


West End Place

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Springboard Community Services Family Support Center
7 Schoolhouse Avenue
Westminster, MD 21157

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Howard County Office 
10451 Twin Rivers Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21044

*Howard County also serves Anne Arundel.

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