Trauma and ACEs

Our goal is promoting resilience and improved outcomes for children, families, and communities that have faced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Issues such as substance use, mental health, family violence, or incarceration can disrupt a child’s development and lead to negative health, behavioral, educational and economic outcomes. Preventing and alleviating the impact of ACEs can reduce healthcare costs, improve economic productivity, reduce crime and boost educational achievement.

Children of color are disproportionally affected by ACEs. Addressing these issues requires a coordinated approach across the state and agencies.

Texas by the Numbers

1.7 million

Texas children experience 2+ ACEs before age 18.


In downstream costs of child abuse for each non-fatal case of child maltreatment across the lifetime.

1 in 4

Mothers of children ages 3 and younger report less than optimal mental health.

TexProtects’ Strategic Priorities

Develop a coordinated strategic plan between state agencies and community providers throughout Texas to improve prevention services.

Provide children who have experienced trauma increased access to evidence-based behavioral health services.

Promote and expand trauma-informed practices and training for child care providers.

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