Adverse Childhood Experiences

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

Traumatic events that happen in childhood can deeply define a person’s life. ACEs are typically centered around neglect, abuse, or household dysfunction. These experiences undermine a child’s sense of safety, stability, and relationships with others.

Adverse Childhood Experiences by The Numbers

3 in 5

3 in 5 Georgia adults experienced at least one adverse event during childhood.

$147 bn

Traumatic events cost the United States an estimated $147 billion in 2020.


One-third of U.S. adults experience symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Those who have experienced ACEs are more likely to experience longer-term physical ailments such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity, and suicide.

See what they feel…

  • Mental Illness
  • Homelessness
  • Divorce
  • Incarceration
  • Neglect
  • Violence
  • Abuse
  • Death
  • Addiction

See what they feel…

Mental Illness









We Can Act to Mitigate The Impact of Trauma

One effective way to respond to trauma and prevent future ACEs is to become trauma-aware through training. There is a wide range of courses to help you to better understand childhood trauma and become an advocate for children in our community.

Our goal is to change the question from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Developing a Trauma-Informed Community

Developing a trauma-informed community involves a cross sector collaboration of stakeholders, residents, and community partners to improve the wellbeing of the children and families residing here in Cobb County.



To increase awareness of trauma and provide resources to equip the community to prevent and intervene in Adverse Childhood Experiences.



  • Nonprofits
  • Educators
  • Public Agencies
  • Faith Leaders
  • Governments
  • Parents
  • Healthcare


  • Trainings
  • Film Screenings
  • Community Events
  • Educational Programs
  • Digital Resources
  • Toolkit


  • Increased awareness of ACEs
  • Incorporation of trauma-informed practices
  • Well-equipped parents and caregivers
  • Children succeeding in school
  • Thriving families and improved community health

Resiliency is Vital to Overcoming Trauma

Even when adversity happens, children can still become healthy, happy adults by building resilience. We can protect children against physiological damage by fostering resilience through:

  • Close relationships with competent caregivers or other caring adults
  • Caregiver’s use of positive parenting skills
  • Having a sense of purpose through faith, culture, identity, etc.
  • Gaining skills and competencies like problem-solving and autonomy
  • Opportunities to connect socially
  • Practical and available support services for parents and families
  • Communities that value people and support health and personal growth

Adverse Childhood Experiences Updates

Prevent Child Abuse Cobb

The Cobb Collaborative leads the Cobb County council for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. We work with other organizations to build awareness and prevention of childhood abuse and neglect in our community.