Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is weighing the possible impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on our partners, the children and families they serve, and our team. We have also been closely following the international and national information about the virus and regularly monitoring the NC Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites for the most up-to-date information.
With the rising concerns about COVID-19, we worry about the impact on children. Public health recommendations will likely require anyone with symptoms to stay home and avoid public areas, for up to 2-3 weeks. Without paid sick leave, the financial hardship for many workers could lead to consequences on children’s safety.
Pitt County is a great place to live because it has many features of the big city but still is small and connected. Greenville is a diverse city, home to East Carolina University and a major medical center, but also has a 24% poverty rate. The populations Catholic Charities of the Tar River Region serve vary. About half of our population is considered elderly; a third are Hispanic, the rest are African American and white; all live in poverty.
The first time I heard about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) was in a committee meeting about childhood and community resilience. I had worked with youth and families for over a decade as a family educator, behavior specialist and autism professional but the wording and acronym, ACEs, were new to me. Once I learned what specific experiences were included in the conversation around ACEs, I immediately thought about the number of ACEs I experienced in my childhood. I would later find out that I was not the only person in the room whose mind went there.
We believe that prevention is only possible because of the people that give their time, energy and resources to make it happen. Our supporters make our work possible and we are so grateful. Meet Dennette – a mom, preschool owner and teacher, blogger and a Prevent Child Abuse NC donor. Continuing with our spotlight on some of our supporters to learn more about their passions and personal connections, Dennette was kind enough to share why she supports prevention and the work that Prevent Child Abuse NC does for families.
Known as “The Down 2 Earth Counselor,” Jewrine Voncile Harold-Brown is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who serves many roles for her Cumberland County community. She provides free parenting classes, mentorships, trainings, and participates in committee work. She is a proud parent of two boys, Andrew (12) and Derrick (18) and is an exceptional example of how to #BeAConnection.
This 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…
At Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, we envision a future where all children grow up in safe, stable and nurturing environments and have positive experiences with caring adults. We believe that ALL adults can be a positive connection in their community just by being their self.
As we head into a new decade, there is an opportunity for employers and policymakers to strategically improve outcomes for future generations. New science is here to lead the way as we work together in partnership to forge a new path for healthier, stronger families and communities.
Do you have someone in your life that you can trust? A person who will “go to bat” for you, or simply listen and allow you to vent? Someone who will share your joy when something wonderful happens? If you do, or perhaps even more so if you do not, you know that Connections Matter.