You and Yours

The Alliance has affinity groups that focus on individual member area interests and programs:

  • Prevention
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Foster Care
  • Addition Recovery
  • Mental Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth
  • Education

No matter what service sector children land in, we know that they are there because of traumatic events in their lives. The powerful data on the effects of trauma provided through the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study clearly demonstrates the impact of trauma on children.

pyramid This pyramid shows the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences influence health and well-being throughout a lifespan. As shown in the “ACE Study” by The Center for Disease Control and  the Colorado Health Foundation.

The key advocacy message for children in your programs comes from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) completed by the Center for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente. It is the centerpiece of data that should also be the centerpiece of policy and resources that will dedicate support for children’s programs and services.

The ACES clearly demonstrates that childhood trauma negatively impacts immediate and long-term health, social well-being, and lifespan. Any four of the listed childhood adverse experiences create enough trauma to generate high risk for complex and expensive social and physical challenges as they grow up.


In 2014 the provider members of the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs researched the ACE scores of children in our programs. Nearly 800 surveys were submitted by children and youth ages 3-25 and these are the results:

  • Children of color represented 36% of the study
  • Males represented 63%
  • Females represented 36%
  • Children 0-8 years old represent 11% of the survey; 68% of them have an ACE of 4+
  • Children 9+ years old represent 89% of the survey; 73% of them have an ACE of 4+

To view the complete report CLICK HERE


The solution to the devastating impact of trauma on children (ACES) is the development of resiliency. Scientific data uniformly demonstrate that resiliency in children can be recovered with treatment, programs and services – and can be increased. Providers focus on building resiliency as the foundation of their work. Here are examples of outcomes that have been achieved for children with dangerously high ACE scores:

  • 92% of youth have no involvement with the police or courts after 6 months of treatment
  • 79% of children are maintained safely in their homes, estimated to be 819 children avoiding foster care, for an estimated savings of $7,137,602.
  • 75% of youth who enter addiction programs see a reduction in substance use
  • 90% of youth in the transitional living program are attending school, have graduated, or have earned a GED at time of exit
For the complete report CLICK HERE