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Welcome to ACEs Matter

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Our Mission: Spread Awareness

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First Generation

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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

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.

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big nervous systems program the reality of little nervous systems

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  • Abuse: emotional, physical, sexual
  • Neglect: emotional, physical
  • Caregiver mental illness/unavailability
  • Caregiver substance misuse
  • Childhood poverty/malnutrition
  • Home/community/sensory chaos
  • Home/community/sensory violence
  • Homelessness
  • Discrimination/bullying
  • Psychiatric/foster placement
  • Crime, arrest, parental separation, death, divorce, abandonment
First Generation Chain Breakers
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“ If prison and welfare systems can be built in preparation for traumatized people with ACEs, so can healing communities."

​Cendie Stanford - Founder

More 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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ACEs Matter is a grassroots organization dedicated to preventing ACEs, intervening when they occur, and educating people about them.

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Meet Our


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Matt Perelstein

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Michael Stegall

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Brooke Arent

Laura Callan

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Safiya Omosanya, OTR/L

Self-Empowerment Coach

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Tiffany West

Emotional Care Coach

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About ACEs Matter A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state 800-435-7352 or visiting their website by clicking here. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.