Many of the children who come to the Mission have been subjected to trauma including domestic abuse, substance abuse, sexual abuse, and other family disorders or disturbances. Living through these adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to “toxic stress” which affects the brain and physical development of children.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Include:
Mother treated violently
Household substance abuse
Household mental illness
Parental separation or divorce
Incarcerated household member
Bullying (by other child or adult)
Witness violence outside home
Witness sibling abuse
Racism, sexism, or other discrimination
Natural disasters or war
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Adverse childhood effects (ACEs) had devastating consequences for Kenny
Watch his video to find out what Kenny found at the end of his 35-year struggle.