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Investing Upstream to Honor her Family History

Posted: December 13, 2019 By: Claire Veazey, Prevent Child Abuse NC Development Director Meet Jessica Coates, one of our monthly donors!  During this month of gratitude we want to take this opportunity to spotlight some of our supporters to learn more about their passions and personal connections. Jessica Coates is a Raleigh native, mom, founder of a digital forensics firm in Wake Forest and first gave to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) in 2015. Raised by her grandparents, Jessica found PCANC when she was searching for an opportunity to give in honor of her grandmother’s memory after she passed...
Building the plan: Making positive connections for Western NC

Building the plan: Making positive connections for Western NC

Posted: November 21, 2019 By: Lance Goller M.P.A., Research Administrator at MAHEC, Asheville, Bernstein Fellow Graduate 2017-2019 In 2017 I began the Bernstein Community Health Leadership Fellowship, a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership an Innovation, while working at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Shortly after I began my fellowship, I unexpectedly changed jobs and shifted to working at an organization that focused on early childhood, tasked with using a Collective Impact model to improve the health and well-being of young children in a rural county in Western North Carolina. Initially this task seemed daunting. I had never worked in...
Child sexual abuse is preventable; Biology is not destiny

Child sexual abuse is preventable; Biology is not destiny

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7 Simple Ways to Show Support During Child Abuse Prevention Month

By: Kristie Demers, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Coordinator Posted: March 2018 As I’m sure you already know, April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to honor the children we are raising today by creating a movement that will build safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities in North Carolina for years to come.   It is a time to celebrate the great childhoods all children deserve. It is a time to recognize where we have been, where we want to go, and what it will take to get there. It is a time to ask yourself, “What...
A letter from our immediate past board chair

A letter from our immediate past board chair

By: Jes Averhart, Prevent Child Abuse NC Immediate Past Board Chair Date Posted: September 27, 2019 In many ways fate conspires with action to lead you into work that is both unexpected and meaningful. I found myself at this intersection in 2013 when I was invited to serve on the board of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC). As the daughter of a loving and nurturing single mom and the mother of a teenage son (who is adored), the notion of strong, informed parenting struck me as a ‘no brainer’; and before my work with PCANC, I would have considered...
A message from Prevent Child Abuse NC on child separations at the US border

A message from Prevent Child Abuse NC on child separations at the US border

By: Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse NC President & CEO Posted: September 13, 2019 This message was sent to the NC congressional delegation, urging them to take action to prevent children from being separated from their parents at the border and to keep the well being of children paramount when parents are detained for immigration violations at the border and in their communities. Neuroscience makes it clear that childhood experiences lay the foundation for the quality of brain development, health and prosperity into adulthood.  Children who grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments have the best opportunity to...