Dealing with the impact caused by a traumatic event can leave you and your child feeling helpless and lost.

You are not alone! ​​

Every child who has experienced abuse and neglect will have their own response to the trauma. We want you to know that there are resources and help available for you and your children.


NCA's Guide: Helping Your Child Heal From Abuse

*"When a child is abused, he or she experiences serious harm that is often difficult for a caring adult to understand and respond to. With treatment and support, a child can overcome these experiences, and as a parent or caregiver, your role is essential in helping your child heal. This guide is designed to help you process and handle this difficult time and to share with you how a Children’s Advocacy Center and their Multidisciplinary Team can help you and your child.
The CAC provides services to help you keep your child safe and, if your child was abused, to help your child heal."
*excerpt taken directly from the NCA's Guide


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Child Welfare Information Gateway: Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect


Child Welfare Information Gateway: Informational Leaflet - Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect Download PDF

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The Child Welfare Information Gateway: Their Mission: "Connecting child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive resources to help protect children & strengthen families.

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. "

(combined resource by: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Adminstration for Children & Families, and the Children's Bureau)

Please visit:  or click the green link to be connected to the website.


ACE's - Adverse Childhood Experiences

What are ACEs?

ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children's developing brains and lead to changing how they respond to stress and damaging their immune systems so profoundly that the effects show up decades later. ACEs cause much of our burden of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence.

“ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a groundbreaking public health study that discovered that childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence, as well as financial and social problems. The ACE Study has published about 70 research papers since 1998. Hundreds of additional research papers based on the ACE Study have also been published.

The 10 ACEs the researchers measured:

-- Physical, sexual and verbal abuse.

-- Physical and emotional neglect.

-- A family member who is:

  • depressed or diagnosed with other mental illness;
  • addicted to alcohol or another substance;
  • in prison.

-- Witnessing a mother being abused.

-- Losing a parent to separation, divorce or other reason.

Subsequent to the ACE Study, other ACE surveys have expanded the types of ACEs to include racism, gender discrimination, witnessing a sibling being abused, witnessing violence outside the home, witnessing a father being abused by a mother, being bullied by a peer or adult, involvement with the foster care system, living in a war zone, living in an unsafe neighborhood, losing a family member to deportation, etc. 

ACEs fall into three large categories:

  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Adverse community experiences
  • Adverse climate experiences


CDC ACE Study site

Wikipedia -- Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

The 10 ACE Questions (and 14 resilience survey questions)

The Pair of ACEs: The Soil in Which We're Rooted, the Branches on Which We Grow

► This information was taken directly from: 

ACES Science 101 (FAQs)

ACEs Science FAQs (02/19/20)

Childhelp Website

NCA's Fact Sheet: What Happens Now, Facing Sexual Behavior Problems with Your Child


This fact sheet is intended for caregivers of children and youth with problematic sexual behaviors, with guidance on the how caregivers can help their children and answers to pressing questions caregivers and family members may have.

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NCA's Fact Sheet: When Images Hurt, How to Understand, Respond and Find Hope for Your Child


NCA's Fact Sheet: When Images Hurt, How to Understand, Respond and Find Hope for Your Child

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  • Find information on How to Report abuse by visiting our Reporting Abuse page

  • Find information on prevention, educational websites, videos, and printable brochures, as well as myths vs facts about abuse.

  • Unsure of where to go for help? Visit our Contact a Center page and find a CAC in your area that can provide you with answers.

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