Statewide non-profit encourages North Carolinians to get involved during Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year
This April, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) has a message for all North Carolina residents: “you’re doing great things for children, keep it up!”
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and PCANC is spreading the message that everyone can invest upstream in children and families to give children the safe, stable, nurturing environments and relationships they need to thrive.
Research suggests that many people are already playing a role in preventing child abuse in their communities, they just don’t realize it. A study commissioned by Prevent Child Abuse America shows that only 27% of Americans report that they are engaged in prevention. However, that same study showed that
“North Carolinians are already involved in activities that prevent child abuse and neglect, they just don’t realize it,” said Sharon Hirsch, President and CEO of PCANC. “We are working to educate the public about how they are already helping to prevent child abuse, as well as offering some additional positive ideas about how we all can help children and families thrive.”
PCANC encourages residents to learn more about how three specific actions – mentoring children and parents, advocating for family-friendly policies, and donating time and money – relate to child abuse prevention.
Some suggestions on how people can get involved include:
“North Carolina spends $2 billion annually in downstream costs, in social services, medical costs, juvenile justice, education, foster care, and more.” said Prevent Child Abuse NC President & CEO Sharon Hirsch. “We know that when we invest upstream in programs that are built on science, we can strengthen families and help reduce child abuse and neglect.”
About Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
About Prevent Child Abuse America
Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America is a national organization with chapters in all 50 states and nearly 600 Healthy Families America home visitation sites. We lay the groundwork to deliver the great childhoods that all children deserve. We promote services that improve child well-being and develop programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect. Ninety-four cents of every dollar spent goes directly into programs and services, which is why we have received top ratings by a variety of charity watchdog organizations, including Charity Navigator, GreatNonprofits and GuideStar. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, visit us at preventchildabuse.org.