Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences Infographic
Visual information on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Saving Brains, A grand Challenge Video
A short video that answers questions like: What are ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)?  How does the brain of a child change depending on the level of stress to which they are exposed?  What ways can parents and society at large help?

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime (TED Talk)
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

ACEs: All in the family CBC Three Part Series
Mary O’Connell explores the ACE study and how its findings are being integrated into medical practice today.


Books available for purchase online and at Parenting Books store in Toronto:

Adopt Ontario
Helps to make the critical connections between Ontario families, and children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies who are waiting for a “forever family”. The website provides a photolisting, databank, matching tool and clinical support for families and adoption professionals.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Parenting Adopted Children
Parenting After Adoption: Resources for adoptive families that explain what to expect at various developmental stages. Also, learn how to talk about adoption, address adoption issues in school, help children with grief and loss, recognize and get help for postadoption depression, find needed services, and obtain financial assistance.

Adopt4Life is Ontario’s association for kin, customary care, and adoptive parents and caregivers. It is a community of people with lived experience that strengthens and empowers parents and caregivers to achieve permanency for children so that they reach their full potential.

Adoption Council of Canada
The Adoption Council of Canada is Canada’s voice for adoption, unifying communities’ commitment to permanency for waiting children and youth. We support and encourage people along their adoption journey, connecting them to the families and resources they need.


Brain Development

Cognitive & Emotional Challenges in Children & Adolescents

Parent’s Corner
A blog post dedicated to helping parents understand the developmental, cognitive and emotional challenges of children and adolescents.


Fetal Alcohol Resource Program
Offers support to those affected by FASD and their families, including navigation of services.

FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE)
FASD ONE is a group that works together to address issues related to FASD in Ontario. Resources here include newsletters, publications, upcoming events, and support group contact info.

Gender Diversity

Rainbow Health Ontario’s trans health knowledge base

Trans Wellness Ontario
Provides system navigations support for Transgender, Genderqueer, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary, Queer and Questioning individuals and families.

Sex & U
Good quality basic information and resources provided in easy-to-understand language by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

CHEO Gender Diversity Clinic
Gender Diversity Clinic of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) that provided support to children, youth, and families at all stage of their gender identity journey.”


Centre on the Developing Child: The Science of Neglect
A 6-minute video provides an overview of The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain


The Gottman Institute
Provides excellent, accessible, accurate, research-based advice for parents from the developers of Emotion Coaching.

Strong Minds Strong Kids
Accurate, research-based articles on a variety of parenting topics by Psychology Canada.

About Kids Health
Trustworthy, good quality information on every topic imaginable, from asthma to curated by Sick Kids.


The Zones of Regulation
A framework to foster self -regulation and emotional control in the classroom. Excellent resource for educators.

Trauma-informed Schools



National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Complex Developmental Trauma
Network dedicated to raising the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities

David Baldwin Trauma Information Page
Information on trauma and how parents and caregivers can support children who have experienced complex developmental trauma. 

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation.

Child Trauma Academy
A not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. 

The Atlantic: How Childhood Trauma could be misdiagnosed as ADHD
Helpful article on the normal effects of severe adversity and how it is often misdiagnosed as ADHD.