Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur in a child’s life prior to the age of 18. Research shows that children who are exposed to physical and emotional abuse, divorce, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and incarceration of a parent are much more likely to become adults with chronic issues such as depression, alcoholism, obesity, heart and liver disease, and missed time in the workplace.
The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs accentuate the importance of preventing them before they happen. By gathering and analyzing data in South Carolina, we can help child-serving professionals and community leaders facilitate coordinated local and state efforts to address and prevent ACEs.
The KIDS COUNT Data Center tracks the well-being of children in South Carolina and across the United States through high-quality data and trend analysis. By informing local, state and national discussions using an evidence-based lens, we are able to increase the visibility of issues that directly impact kids and build a better future for all of them.
Our research and evaluation team helps coordinate and train professionals, who can utilize the research we have found important to prevent child abuse and neglect. We provide a multitude of resources to policy and community leaders across the state.
When we connect people with resources and ways to prevent child abuse and neglect, we're helping all of South Carolina's children.