Building Strong Brains: Adverse Childhood Experiences

The Children’s Advocacy Center: The Emmy Haney House is thrilled to begin training on the effects that adverse childhood experiences have on the development of children. Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are stressful or traumatic experiences, such as abuse, neglect and family dysfunction that disrupt the safe, stable nurturing environments that children need to thrive. The CAC partners with over 800 individuals across the state to bring awareness to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study through the Building Strong Brains initiative of Tennessee. 

Building Strong Brains is an initiative working to change the culture of Tennessee so that the state's overarching philosophy, policies, programs and practices for children, youth and young adults utilize the latest brain science to prevent and mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences. Science tells us that many children's futures are undermined when stress damages the early brain architecture. But, the good news is that potentially toxic stressors can be made tolerable if children have access to stable, responsive adults. Healthy child development is the foundation for education achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship and lifelong health. It is our duty to take a stand for all children. All children need someone in their corner. The shift from "What is wrong with you, or why are you a problem?" to "What has happened to you, and how we can support you and help you overcome these experiences?" will result in a more effective, more empathetic service delivery system and a stronger community. 

Join us in this initiative! To schedule a training for your organization or group, please contact Jessica Bastianelli, Community Outreach Coordinator. To learn more about ACEs or to take the ACEs survey, click here. Together, we help change the culture of our community, one child at a time.