Posted January 13, 2020 By: Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse NC President & CEO

2020 GoalsThis year Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) begins its sixth decade of working in prevention to build awareness of proven solutions, policy change, and quality program implementation to prevent child abuse from ever occurring.

We have a few big goals for 2020. We know that prevention happens in partnership and we’ll need your help to achieve them:

  1. Connections Matter with policy makers. Join us this year in asking candidates for County Commissioner, City Council, state legislative, statewide and Congressional races about their platforms to support and strengthen families to prevent child abuse. While we never endorse candidates, we do work to provide facts, resources and information to equip our elected officials to support proven prevention policies and programs, like paid family and medical leave and home visiting programs.  We aim to educate policy makers during election season about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Protective Factors and policies proven to build connections for prevention.  With your help, our hope is that when they are in office, they will support policies and fund programs that build safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments based on proven evidence.
  2. Connections Matter with our Prevention Action Network. We are committed to listening to you more in 2020. What are your challenges, hopes and dreams? We know prevention happens locally in families and communities. How can PCANC support you better in your work at the local level?  Look for us to hold some regional training and informal events across the state to connect with you.
  3. Connections Matter with our donors and funders. We cannot be successful without the support of our donors. You make our work possible. We will be holding gatherings across the state to connect with our long-term supporters – and to make new friends.  Ask us to come to your community or consider hosting a friend-raising event with us!
  4. Connections Matter with our partners. We cannot do our work alone – it takes a network of committed child advocates who understand that there are many sectors, policies and programs needed to help families and children thrive. We’re especially grateful for partners in the nonprofit child advocacy sector, faith community and at the Department of Health and Human Services.  We’re committed to working in partnership because everyone has a role to play.

As we know, the science of ACEs and toxic stress has taught all of us that what happens in childhood lasts a lifetime. Join us upstream in this next decade to build the policy, program and family environments that science has proven build safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that prevent child abuse and neglect from happening.

Because what happens in childhood lasts a lifetime.

Kick off 2020 by investing upstream to prevent child maltreatment in NC!