Children carry their adverse childhood experiences (A.C.E.s)

into adulthood, shaping their life trajectory.

The prominent ACE Study by Felitti and Anda opened the eyes of our nation to the lifelong physical and mental health effects of childhood adverse conditions, such as physical neglect, emotional neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, partner/domestic violence, divorce, mental illness, and imprisonment. 

Children Dying

†  During the course of this day an estimated five children the U.S. will die from abuse or neglect.  

†  Parents were responsible for 78% of the estimated 1,670 children who have died from abuse or neglect in 2015 in our country,.[1]  

†  In 2015, homicide was the third leading cause of death for children 1-4 years old and for adolescents 15-19 years old.

†  Suicide is the second leading cause of death for our teens.[2] 

†  In our own backyard, Jefferson County alone, around 300 cases of child neglect or abuse are reported each year.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect All Social Classes

†  Original A.C.E. Study 74% of participates were White (17,337 total participants)

†  Over 70% had college education

†  35 million children or 48% of children in the U.S. have at least one ACE. 

†  360% greater risk for suffering from depression.

†  240% greater risk for anxiety,

†  700% greater risk of suffering from alcoholism

†  1100% greater risk of addiction to injected substances,

†  660% greater risk of early sexual intercourse,

†  360% greater risk of promiscuity, leading to greater risk of elective abortion.

If four or more ACEs, a person has…

Poverty Increases the 

Number of A.C.E.s

  • Children living in poverty are at greater risk for having more adverse conditions (NSCH 2011/12).

  • Ohio is among the states in the U.S. with the greatest number of children with 2 or more ACEs.

  • Ohio is ranked third highest for the number of deaths due to opioid overdose (NSCH).

  • 41% of families in Ohio headed by a female single-parent live in poverty.

  • 27.2% of the citizens in Steubenville, Ohio live below the poverty line in comparison to the national average of 14.7%. (Data USA).

  • In Steubenville and in Jefferson County, unemployment is 7.4% and 6.2% respectively in comparison to national average of 4.2% (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Sacred Heart Center of Hope


Sacred Heart Center of Hope will provide prevention programs for at-risk parents and caregivers.

  • Triumph over Trauma program treats at-risk parents and caretakers who have untreated trauma.

  • Trauma Focused Parenting Seminars provides practical information and tools to help parents and caretakers who have been affected by childhood trauma and/or are raising children who have experienced adverse conditions.

  • Parent/Caregivers Support Group provides emotional and practical support for at risk parents and caregivers.

  • Mentorship Program provides clients with loving Christians who can provide support and mentorship in an ongoing way.

  • Collaboration with other agencies helps us direct parents and caretakers to the additional assistance they need. 

Trauma Therapy Counseling

Sacred Heart Center of Hope will provide treatment for adults and youth who have suffered from childhood trauma.

Triumph over Trauma is a comprehensive program that treats survivors of complex trauma and has three phases to treatment: 

  1. The first phase includes a comprehensive assessment and a twelve week trauma therapy program that serves both survivors and family members. ​

  2. The second phase includes individual counseling, support group, and spiritual enrichment designed to integrate and continue the healing and transformation process for the survivors of trauma.

  3. The third phase is designed to stabilize and empower the client by healing and strengthening their various support systems and by providing various life skills training.  In this phase, we collaborate with other partners to provide marriage and family counseling and other life skills and career training.



Other Evidence Based Therapies Available

Prayer Ministry

According to Newberg (2012), since 2000 over four hundred papers have been published each year, and the research consistently shows that religious belief has been positively correlated with better overall health and well-being (p. 68).

  • Professional Excellence with Faith and Prayer: Counselors are trained to integrate faith, prayer, and meditation into the therapeutic process.  

  • Christ’s Companions provides spiritual and emotional support for those seeking deeper healing through individual and group prayer and faith sharing.

  • Prayer:  Eucharistic Chapel for adoration, meditation, and intercession. 

  • Prayer Ministry:  Walk-in sessions and longer scheduled inner healing sessions with trained prayer ministers.

  • Spiritual Enrichment: Talks, retreats, and workshops designed to facilitate ongoing spiritual growth and healing.  

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Diocese of Stuebenville

422 Washingtoton St.

P.O. Box 969

Steubenville, Ohio 43952

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