Welcome to ACEs Matter

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Our Mission: Spread Awareness

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In our own words,

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are toxic stress inducing experiences and events that can negatively influence how the child EVOLVES mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially.

About ACES

And How They Effect Us Throughout Our Lives?

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ACES stands for "Adverse Childhood Experiences," These are traumatic experiences such as: Neglect, Household Violence, Substance Abuse, Racism, Bullying and/or Caregiver Mental Illness that occurs before the age of 18.

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The more ACEs a child experiences, the more likely they are to have: COPD, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Poor Academic and Work Performance, an Increased Risk of Suicide, Significantly Reduced Longevity, and Substance Abuse.

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Without a support system, survivors will experience chronic stress which leads to weakening of our immune systems and the potential of an autoimmune disease, attention deficiencies, low self-worth and low self-esteem.


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Let someone you trust know you are taking the quiz, like a family doctor, therapist, or a friend that listens well.

Answer the questions, and make a note of the total “yes” responses -

that will be your score.

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Next Options:

  • Repeat step 1.
  • Hire a trauma-informed specialist.
  • Hire ACEs Matter to start the conversation for you.
  • Join our First Tuesday of the month movie and wellness community.


ACE Survey


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Prevent future ACEs by knowing your own score!

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Emotional Empowerment Awareness Month

April is marked by several asset-deficit causes, including Child Abuse Prevention Month, National Stress Awareness Month, and awareness campaigns for Alcohol and Sexual Assault.

Some research suggests that emotional abuse can be as damaging, if not more so, than other forms of child abuse and maltreatment.

In response, ACEs Matter has chosen to shower April with love by dedicating it to Emotional Empowerment, offering solace and support to all those who have endured emotional abuse, both as children and as adults.

To kick off National Emotional Empowerment Awareness Month, ACEs Matter introduces the LIMITED-EDITION Emotional Empowerment Activity Book:

"John 1:1 The WORD WAS GOD."

3 Reasons to own this activity book:

  1. Great gift idea & conversation starter
  2. Ideal for Bible study and Self-Help groups
  3. Timesaving, focusing on "WORD" verses

Cendie Stanford, ACEs Matter Founder

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In moments of weakness our unhealed childhood trauma subtly claws its teeth in our heels while whispering reminders of those experiences in our ears.

Cendie Stanford, ACEs Matter Founder

If society can invest in constructing prison and welfare systems to address the needs of individuals affected by ACEs, it is equally feasible to establish nurturing and healing communities.

​Cendie Stanford - Founder

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