About five years ago, 30 agencies in Shasta County joined forces to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in a systematic,
deliberate and collaborative way. “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a serious issue for Shasta County and, as such, demand a community effort,” said Strengthening Families Collaborative Steering Committee Chair Susan Wilson. “Shasta County has a high number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for many reasons including poverty, drug use, lack of employment opportunities and access to health care. These issues have been a challenge for a long time and are not easily solved. That is why it is so encouraging to see public and private agencies working together to help our families.”
The good news is that protective factors in a child’s life can improve the health and well-being of children and families. They serve as buffers, helping parents to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. Research has shown that these protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect. Protective Factors include parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children.
For more information on ACE’s and Protective Factors, see ACEs and Protective Factors.