CA ACEs Summit: Evan, a Virtual Child

At the summit today, each participant attended a facilitated discussion about helping a virtual child they had been assigned. I tallied at least 9 ACEs for Evan, the 13-year-old our group discussed and then offered ways that the school, his teachers, and the community could help him heal. Our facilitator encouraged us to think of what society might look like ten years from now if our recommendations for greater ACEs awareness and integrated community support were implemented. I suggested the U.S. might look like Sweden, where juveniles are not incarcerated and where everyone feels responsible for the children who live there. We all felt that we could spread the ACEs message throughout our communities when we returned home and within ten years, ACEs screening might become an accepted and widespread practice.

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