“Together we are strengthening families to overcome adversity by building hope and resilience”

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

ACEs are 10 common childhood traumas divided into three categories: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. These traumas can affect the brains and bodies of growing children and impact health as adults.

ACE rates in Shasta County are higher than the state average


of Shasta County adults experienced physical abuse as a child


of Shasta County adults experienced substance abuse as a child


of Shasta County adults experienced domestic abuse as a child


of Shasta County adults experienced sexual abuse as a child

Number of Adverse Childhood Experiences Reported

State of California

Shasta County

4 or more ACEs


2-3 ACES




0 ACEs


Sources: Shasta County HHSA 2012 ACE Survey; 2008-13 California BRFSS data

Shasta County has experienced community trauma

Community trauma adds additional stress on top of ACEs. Now, more than
ever, positive relationships, support, and community connection are crucial
to building resilience.



COVID-19 has impacted everyone and changed how we see community trauma. Social isolation, job loss, business shutdowns, and school closures may have contributed to the effects of childhood trauma. Children witnessed their parents’ anxiety while experiencing anxiety themselves, and without friends and teachers to confide in, may have experienced toxic stress. Now, more than ever, positive relationships, support, and community connection are crucial to building resilience. Even if you aren’t the best version of yourself during community trauma and our children have difficulties with the constant changes, together we will survive and grow because we are Shasta Strong.



In July 2018, Shasta County went through a traumatic event: the Carr Fire. Everyone in our community was impacted. Families lost loved ones, evacuations were ordered, homes burned,emergency centers opened, and family and friends helped house each other. Fears were high and the smoke was thick. But when times were tough, our first responders did their best to protect us, and our community supported each other.As parents, teachers, mentors, social service workers, and leaders in our community, it’s best to encourage children to share their thoughts and emotions and show that we are listening to them. Sharing their feelings may help them transition from traumatized to resilient and keep our community Shasta Strong.

Resilience can help overcome trauma

See how relationships, strategies, and support can be used to counteract the negative
effects of ACEs.

You can help in the fight against ACEs by hosting or attending an event

Together we can break the cycle of ACEs

It’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what happened to you. Your story is important and can inspire others.