Your Number Story


Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talk ACEs.

Support Families & Community

It only takes one caring
adult to make a difference.

Sometimes we wonder, “what can I do for my friends and community?” The answer is: a lot.

Time after time, people who have overcome adversity point to one caring adult from their childhood who was there to support them and help them weather the storm.

You can be that adult for a child. Whether you’re a teacher, service provider, mentor, relative, friend, or neighbor, you have the power to be a positive influence on the children and families in your life.

There’s an active community of over 50,000 people who are working in their own neighborhoods and cities to prevent and address ACEs, encourage positive childhood experiences, and support children and families.

Explore PACEs Connection (Positive & Adverse Childhood Experiences) to learn more about what you can do to help and see if there’s a group in your community. We can create lasting change together.

Science shows that positive experiences, environments, and relationships in childhood can help lessen the effects of adversity, prevent or reduce toxic stress, and promote healing. The buffering effects of caring adults can make a huge difference in a child’s life – and can last all the way through adulthood.

There are proven ways to strengthen families and reduce the risk of harm to kids.

Keeping children safe is a community responsibility.

If you suspect or know that a child is being abused or neglected, click here to take action. Your decision could mean a family gets the help they need. If someone is in immediate and serious danger, call 911.

Ways to help

Boost caregiver resilience
set up social connections
encourage learning