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Child advocacy groups launch ACE Interface Project

From left, Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of ACE Interface; George Sherman, president of Cypress Group LLC; and Patricia Cronin, executive director of The Family Tree, attended the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

From left, Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of ACE Interface; George Sherman, president of Cypress Group LLC; and Patricia Cronin, executive director of The Family Tree, attended the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Lourdes Padilla, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Services and Rebecca Jones-Gaston, executive director of Social Security Administration, greet guests at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Lourdes Padilla, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Services, and Rebecca Jones-Gaston, executive director of the Social Services Administration at the Maryland Department of Human Services, greet guests at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Xandy Waesche, left, a board member with The Family Tree and civic leader, and Tom O'Neil, the chief financial officer of DF Dent & Company Inc., were on hand for the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Xandy Waesche, left, a board member with The Family Tree and civic leader, and Tom O’Neil, the chief financial officer of DF Dent & Company Inc., were on hand for the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Phil Leaf, left, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, and Michele Solloway, Ph. D., MPA, right, a consultant with The Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, get a photo with Wayne Caines, Bermuda’s Minister of National Security, for the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Phil Leaf, left, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health, and Michele Solloway, Ph. D., MPA, right, a consultant with The Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, get a photo with Wayne Caines, Bermuda’s Minister of National Security, for the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of the ACE Interface, delivers an address to the crowd at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of the ACE Interface, delivers an address to the crowd at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

From left, Patricia Cronin, executive director of The Family Tree; Rebecca Jones-Gaston, executive director of the Social Security Administration; Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of ACE Interface; Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opiod Command Center; and Claudia Remington, executive director of the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, were on hand for the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

From left, Patricia Cronin, executive director of The Family Tree; Rebecca Jones-Gaston, executive director of the Social Services Administration at the Maryland Department of Human Services; Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of ACE Interface; Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opiod Command Center; and Claudia Remington, executive director of the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, were on hand for the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Maryland state Del. C.T. Wilson, D-Charles County, listens to the message of one of the presenters at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Maryland state Del. C.T. Wilson, D-Charles County, listens to the message of one of the presenters at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

From left, D’Lisa Worthy, the director and master trainer with Maryland Project LAUNCH; Dr. Joyce Harrison, a child and adolescent psychiatrist; and Margaret Williams, executive director of Maryland Family Network, enjoy their time at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

From left, D’Lisa Worthy, the director and master trainer with Maryland Project LAUNCH; Dr. Joyce Harrison, a child and adolescent psychiatrist; and Margaret Williams, executive director of Maryland Family Network, enjoy their time at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Maryland Del. Mary Washington, D-Baltimore city, left, chats with Wayne Caines, Bermuda’s Minister of National Security, during the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Maryland Del. Mary Washington, D-Baltimore city, left, chats with Wayne Caines, Bermuda’s Minister of National Security, during the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Harford County Sheriff’s Office offcials Maj. William Davis, left, and Cpt. Jim Eyler attended the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Harford County Sheriff’s Office offcials Maj. William Davis, left, and Cpt. Jim Eyler attended the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

The Master Trainer Cohort Group who attended the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project include, from left, Lauren Jenkins, regional training coordinator with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services; Veto Mentzel, a lieutenant/program director with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office; Steve Youngblood, a program manager with Washington County Department of Social Services; Ulysses Archie Jr., co-founder of Baltimore Gift Economy; Kay Connors, co-director of the Center for Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Frank Kros, president of The Transformation Institute; Kathy Powderly, executive director of the Hagerstown Area Religious Council; Wendy Blackwell, a senior manager with the Center for Urban Families; Steve Rhode, deputy director of the Maryland Family Network; Diane Shannon, assistant director of Villa Maria Community Resources with Catholic Charities; Amber Guthrie, program director with the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence; Joan Stine, chair of Maryland Essentials for Childhood; Dr. Joyce Harrison, assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Robin Davenport, executive director of CASA of the Mid-Shore; D’Lisa Worthy, director of Maryland LAUNCH; Christina Bethell, director of the Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; Theresa Simmons, a program manager with the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Education Initiative at Salisbury University; David Humphries, a Child & Adolescent Team clinical coordinator with the Frederick County Health Department; Naketta Lowery, a training and technical assistant coordinator with The Family Tree; Dorinda Adams, a program manager with the Maryland Department of Human Services; and the Hon. William Tucker, an associate judge with the Howard County Circuit Court. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

The Master Trainer Cohort Group who attended the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project include, from left, Lauren Jenkins, regional training coordinator with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services; Veto Mentzel, a lieutenant/program director with the Harford County Sheriff’s Office; Steve Youngblood, a program manager with Washington County Department of Social Services; Ulysses Archie Jr., co-founder of Baltimore Gift Economy; Kay Connors, co-director of the Center for Excellence for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Frank Kros, president of The Transformation Institute; Kathy Powderly, executive director of the Hagerstown Area Religious Council; Wendy Blackwell, a senior manager with the Center for Urban Families; Steve Rhode, deputy director of the Maryland Family Network; Diane Shannon, assistant director of Villa Maria Community Resources with Catholic Charities; Amber Guthrie, program director with the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence; Joan Stine, chair of Maryland Essentials for Childhood; Dr. Joyce Harrison, assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Robin Davenport, executive director of CASA of the Mid-Shore; D’Lisa Worthy, director of Maryland LAUNCH; Christina Bethell, director of the Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; Theresa Simmons, a program manager with the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Education Initiative at Salisbury University; David Humphries, a Child & Adolescent Team clinical coordinator with the Frederick County Health Department; Naketta Lowery, a training and technical assistant coordinator with The Family Tree; Dorinda Adams, a program manager with the Maryland Department of Human Services; and the Hon. William Tucker, an associate judge with the Howard County Circuit Court. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Nancy Grasmick, the co-director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, chats with other attendees at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Nancy Grasmick, the co-director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education, chats with other attendees at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Lourdes Padilla, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Services, and Rebecca Jones-Gaston, executive director of the Social Security Administration, listen along with other attendees to an address from Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of ACE Interface, at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Lourdes Padilla, secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Services, and Rebecca Jones-Gaston, executive director of the Social Services Administration at the Maryland Department of Human Services, listen along with other attendees to an address from Dr. Robert Anda, co-founder of ACE Interface, at the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Betsy Sherman, left, a member of the board of directors with The Family Tree, gets a photo with Dr. Scott Krugman, chair of pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, during the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

Betsy Sherman, left, a member of the board of directors with The Family Tree, gets a photo with Dr. Scott Krugman, chair of pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, during the launch of the statewide ACE Interface Project. (Photo by Kat Ashdown)

The Family Tree, a Baltimore-based child abuse and neglect prevention organization, in partnership with the Maryland Essentials for Childhood, launched the statewide ACE Interface Project Nov. 15 at Renaissance Fine Arts in Baltimore to combat the growing incidence rate of adverse childhood experiences.

Designed in partnership with childhood behavior expert Dr. Robert Anda, The project is focused on building resilience in the developing brains of susceptible youth and building self-healing communities.

The project’s goal is to share the findings of the study effectively and to promote change within society.

Maryland Essentials for Childhood is a statewide collective impact initiative that includes public and private partners to prevent child maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences. It promotes relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children.

The Family Tree is Maryland’s leading child abuse and neglect prevention organization, providing the education and support parents need to raise healthy, productive children. More than 21,000 individuals receive help each year through their research.

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