Turning lemons into shamrocks

Turning lemons into shamrocks

Posted: May 1, 2020 By: Anne Korfas, Prevent Child Abuse NC Philanthropy Associate Over the years, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) has been incredibly fortunate to have ongoing partnerships with local Kappa Delta chapters. One of the national sorority’s philanthropic efforts is focused on child abuse prevention, and a significant part of their fundraising efforts take place each spring when Kappa Delta chapters host a “Shamrock” event. Shamrock events are opportunities designed to bring the community together in a large group activity, such as a 5k race. PCANC is privileged to be the recipient of many of these Shamrock...
Educators, Essential Workers & Volunteers: Help Keep Kids Safe

Educators, Essential Workers & Volunteers: Help Keep Kids Safe

Posted: April 14, 2020 By: Kris Demers, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Manager Teachers, counselors, health care professionals, mail carriers, grocery store clerks, volunteers, child care professionals, bank tellers, bus and railway drivers, truck drivers, restaurant workers, food delivery drivers, and other delivery drivers - among others - are essential right now in more ways than one. North Carolina law requires all adults to report suspected child maltreatment. Times of crisis puts families under great stress and can lead to significant increases in the risk of child maltreatment. North Carolina is experiencing a rise in both domestic violence and child...
COVID-19 Update: Keeping our children, families & communities safe

COVID-19 Update: Keeping our children, families & communities safe

Posted: March 17, 2020 By: Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse NC President & CEO Friends, We recognize how stressful these uncertain times can be and thank you for your focus on the work. 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. In...
COVID-19 and lack of paid sick leave: Child safety a concern

COVID-19 and lack of paid sick leave: Child safety a concern

Posted: March 6, 2020 By: Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse NC President & CEO Sick leave is not a right for approximately one quarter of American workers.  More than half in service industries, required to report to their workplace and likely to meet the public, have no sick leave. Service jobs are among the lowest paid. Parents with economic means to take time off to care for children or their own health are less likely to abuse or neglect their children. The CDC recommends family-friendly workplace policies, including paid leave, to prevent child maltreatment. With the rising concerns about COVID-19,...
Turning the Tide with Catholic Charities of the Tar River

Turning the Tide with Catholic Charities of the Tar River

Posted: March 5, 2020 Guest Blog By: Liz McDowell, BSW, Catholic Charities' Program Director We are quickly approaching our Turning the Tide event in April where Board members, Zeke Bridges and Thomas Moore, head to the Tar River increasing prevention awareness on the eastern side of the state.  During this time leading up to the big day, we want to celebrate agencies and people who are making a positive impact on families and children in the area.  Meet Catholic Charites of the Tar River!  Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) provides support to this agency which offers local families services...
Connecting for Prevention: We are more than our ACE score

Connecting for Prevention: We are more than our ACE score

Posted: February 23, 2020 Guest Blog By: Emily Ragland, North Carolina State University Graduate Assistant, M.S. Candidate Youth, Family and Community Science Program, Family Life Educator 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...