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ACEs in the Courtroom:

How Childhood Adversity Impacts the Legal System

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

12:30 PM- 1:30PM CT


Adversity in childhood and the justice system are inextricably linked. Adverse childhood experiences can lead to a lifetime of health and social problems, including higher propensity to be involved with the criminal justice system. Additionally, children involved with civil court proceedings including custody disputes, divorces, and abuse and neglect cases have the potential to be traumatized by the legal process. A trauma-informed court system can assist with identifying children in need of trauma-focused services and reducing the re-traumatization of children within the court system. Learn about the impact of adverse childhood experiences for children in South Dakota and how the legal profession can help build resiliency for children and families.


  • Carrie Sanderson, Director of the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment

Upcoming sessions

The following topics will be featured in future CIP training sessions:

Child Protection Services

Indian Child Welfare Act

Forensic Interviewing

Drug-Endangered Children

Multidisciplinary Teams

Green Book & CRCA Conference

Understanding Resources

Representing Parents

Case Study