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Connections Matter promotes the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed communities – what’s your connection?


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Upcoming Family Events & Support

Click on the events and resources below to learn more about what's going on in the community. Check back monthly as we update with new opportunities and events! Not finding what you're looking for? Use the FREE FindHelp search bar on our Support for Families and...

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Community Partner Spotlight: Kellin Foundation Hope Hub

“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, “It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.” Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”  --Mister Rogers Prevent. Treat....

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Community Partner Spotlight: SAFEchild

Published April 19, 2024 By: LouMecia Staton, PCANC Community Relations Manager At Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina (PCANC), formerly Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, we recognize the power of collaboration in achieving better outcomes for our communities...

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Introducing a New Pinwheel Ordering Process for NC Partners

Shining in the sun, the pinwheel is reflective of the bright, happy and carefree childhoods we want all children to have. In 2008 Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign. What their research showed, and what our experiences since...

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Safe Sleep for Babies, Any Sleep for New Parents

By Melissa Clepper-Faith, Prevent Child Abuse NC Policy Director October 26, 2023 It’s a near-universal experience; instead of the cherubic Gerber baby, peacefully sleeping in her crib while parents get their well-deserved rest, you have a wrinkly, red-faced newborn...

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E4C Summit Highlights Evidence-Based Economic Supports That Protect Children and Families

Convened by the NCIOM’s Essentials for Childhood project in August, the summit, Economic Supports: A Path to Reduce Childhood Adversity, provided a deep look at the evidence and an opportunity to learn from other southern states’ investments in concrete supports. A panel of North Carolina leaders in child and family well-being also shared their experiences and recommendations.

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Child Well-Being in American Indian and Tribal Communities

May 23, 2023 By Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President & CEO In late February, the NC Commission on Indian Affairs held their 7th Annual Indian Child Welfare Gathering. Prevent Child Abuse NC (PCANC) President & CEO Sharon Hirsch participated on a panel discussion...

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April 19 is Digital Advocacy Day!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Wednesday, April 19 is Prevent Child Abuse America’s Digital Advocacy Day — a powerful day for raising awareness and advocating for change in our communities and across the nation. This Digital Advocacy Day we join partners...

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