How one NC police captain changed the lives of two young men by changing the questions he asked

How one NC police captain changed the lives of two young men by changing the questions he asked

By: Kristie Demers, Communications Coordinator Date posted: November 26, 2017 Roanoke Rapids Police Captain Bobby Martin used what he learned at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Protective Factors training to change the way he approached two juveniles allegedly partaking in illegal activity and ended up changing the young men’s lives, and his own. Meet Captain Bobby Martin In 1991, Captain Martin graduated high school and followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the US Navy. After the Navy, Captain Martin knew he wanted to serve his country and give back to the community he grew up in, so he decided...
Faith Communities Building Connections that Matter 

Faith Communities Building Connections that Matter 

Posted: September 16, 2021 By: Tracey O'Neal, Prevent Child Abuse NC Partnership Engagement Manager Did you know that the positive social connections we make can rewire the neural pathways of our brains which can reduce the effects of stress and build resilience? One caring supportive adult in a child’s life can make all the difference. It’s back-to-school time here in North Carolina, yet uncertainty can linger for educators, parents, and children as we continue to navigate through the global pandemic. One faith leader in Wilmington, NC saw this as an opportunity to build connections with families and children.  Reverend Barnett...
Vibrant, Thriving Families: Moving Upstream to Primary Prevention in NC

Vibrant, Thriving Families: Moving Upstream to Primary Prevention in NC

Posted: September 7, 2021 By: Nina Tracy, Prevent Child Abuse NC Policy Associate   In the early years of life, children are building the foundation for their brains and bodies—forming more than a million neural connections every second from birth to age three. Lifetimes of lived experiences and decades of research have proven that adversity in childhood can have profound and lasting impacts on lifelong health and well-being. However, we now also know that these potentially harmful outcomes caused by toxic stress are not set in stone and can be prevented. When our goal is for children and their families to thrive, living happy and healthy lives, it does not...
PAN Member Spotlight: Leading with Faith to Build Concrete Supports

PAN Member Spotlight: Leading with Faith to Build Concrete Supports

Posted: August 22, 2021 By: Kris Demers, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Manager In 2020, our world was flipped upside down with a global pandemic. We all faced new challenges on top of our everyday stressors. Two Prevention Action Network members saw a need to strengthen their communities during this challenging time by building connections that matter. They opened the door to connection and faith paved the way to hope, support, and compassion. Read their stories: Emma Baltezore Emma Baltezore, Executive Director of ONE Christian Network, has called Wilmington home for two decades and has been a part of several...
Smart Start Releases “Building Healthy & Resilient Communities Across North Carolina” Report

Smart Start Releases “Building Healthy & Resilient Communities Across North Carolina” Report

Posted: July 20, 2021 Cross-posted from North Carolina Partnership for Children (Smart Start) Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) is excited to share news about a new report from our partners at the NC Partnership for Children (NCPC) on their NC Healthy and Resilient Communities Initiative. PCANC is proud to partner in this work with PCANC Policy Director, Melea Rose-Waters, serving on the statewide leadership team and the inclusion of PCANC's Community Prevention Action Plans in their analysis. Click here to read the original blog post on NCPC's website.  NCPC has released Building Healthy & Resilient Communities Across North Carolina: One Community...
What happens when we support families through economic supports?

What happens when we support families through economic supports?

Posted: June 30, 2021 By: Carlye Wittek, Prevent Child Abuse NC Policy Associate Severe and persistent stress can overload our ability to manage emotions. This helps to explain why child abuse and neglect rates have historically increased during recessions. We also know that reducing family economic burdens and adding supports can make a huge difference, quickly. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a time when we have all experienced extreme stress and many families have struggled financially. Providing stable incomes and concrete financial supports can reduce the load on families across North Carolina. Every policy we set – from tax credits...