Anticipate. Identify. Prevent.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and affect how the body responds to stress. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. However, ACEs can be prevented.

Key Points:

  • 1 in 6 adults experienced four or more types of ACEs.

  • At least 5 of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with ACEs.

  • Preventing ACEs could reduce the number of adults with depression by as much as 44%.

"Sesame Street" addresses opioid crisis as Muppet's mother battles addiction


OCTOBER 10, 2019 / 5:13 PM / CBS NEWS

"Sesame Street" is teaching kids how to talk about an especially difficult topic — the opioid crisis. In a series of new segments, Muppet Karli reveals she's been living in foster care because her mother is battling addiction. 

Parent Coaching: Get Support from Another Parent Who’s Dealt With a Child’s Addiction

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Parent Coaching is a peer-to-peer program, by which a parent seeking help and perspective on their child’s substance use issues is paired up with another specially-trained parent volunteer who has also traveled the path of dealing with a child’s substance use. By speaking with someone who has been there and walked in their shoes, parents can learn how to stay connected to their loved one and get the support and encouragement they need and deserve. 


Reducing Stigma Campaign

As a state, we’re addressing the stigma that prevents many Michiganders from seeking treatment by changing the script on how opioid use disorder is discussed. Words can hurt but they can also heal. 

Resources are available for you to start a conversation that reworks the narrative, helps end the stigma of opioid use disorder, and leads to healing.

Heroin and Prescription Opioid Addiction

DEA Published on Jun 8, 2018
Our nation is in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. As a response, the DEA 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through law enforcement, diversion control and community outreach. ​

Seven Research-based Ways Families Promote Early Learning

Global Family Research Project is a leader in the field of family, school, and community engagement.

We are thrilled to partner with the ReadyRosie and Abriendo Puertas to bring you this video that brings to life the seven research-based ways families promote early literacy.  We believe this video is a positive way to demonstrate these best practices for families and for all practitioners who are supporting family literacy.  Our partnership in creating this video is rooted in our mission alignment with these organizations to provide meaningful resources to support family-school-community partnerships with culture, language, and accessibility in mind.                                            Spanish video here

Michigan Alliance for Families

Need help navigating the special education system? Talk to a parent who's been there. Connect directly with one of the local parent mentors to address your family's needs. Their perspective can not only help you navigate the system, but they can also help you be more involved in your child's education. All Michigan families are able to access an extensive collection of electronic or printed resources, informational support and referrals to local community resources. To get in touch with a Michigan Alliance for Families staff member, Contact Us

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