Prevention Institute Beyond Screening: Achieving California's Bold Goal of Reducing Exposure to Childhood Trauma

Date published: October, 2020 (12 pages)
Expanding California's approach to ACEs

California is facing a crisis: adverse childhood experiences. Fifteen percent of children under the age of five show signs of experiencing abuse or neglect, 5% of children have an incarcerated parent, and 20% of children report witnessing a family assault. According to the California Department of Public Health, two-thirds of adults in the state say they experienced a traumatic childhood experience, such as abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence, and children who grow up in households where parents have been exposed to these kinds of experiences are more likely to experience them, too.