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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Local leaders are introducing a pilot program to tackle youth problems, like violence and obesity, from a different angle: the parents.

Two pilot “parenting places,” Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Center, is set to use preventative approaches to reduce emotional and behavioral health challenges with children – including violence and obesity - as it relates to “toxic stress” at home, starting with the parents.

MORE: Volunteer or donate to ACE Task Force

“Essentially what the centers are designed to do is make information, guidance, support and problem solving available to parents early in the appearance of issues before they become a problem,” said International speaker Robin Karr-Morse, author of “Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Diseases.”

Karr-Morse serves as consultant on the Memphis pilot program along with Dr. Vincent Felitti, international speaker and co-investigator of the original Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.

“All of us who are parents have challenges; it comes with the territory,” said Karr-Morse in a press release, “What makes the difference is the availability of support – how soon we get it, the quality of answers we get and how quickly we can put that information to work to build health and interrupt destructive patterns.”

A county-wide ACE survey will take place during the summer followed by the opening of the two state-of-the-art facilities for parenting place in January 2015. The facilities will be open to all families, regardless of income.

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Knowledge Quest will serve as hosts for the first two locations with help through the partnership with Porter-Leath.

Serving as a part of the 40-member ACE Center Task Force of Shelby County will be Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

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