North Carolina’s future prosperity relies on the healthy growth and development of all children. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and it is the time when we focus on moving the conversation about child maltreatment upstream to focus on making prevention the priority. Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) promotes community efforts during April to ensure all children have great childhoods.
When children have safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments it builds healthy brain architecture, forming a sturdy foundation for future success. Adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse and neglect result in toxic stress that damages the developing brain architecture. This can lead to increased risk of academic failure, chronic long-term health issues, and increased crime rates and violence.
One of the most effective ways to prevent these long-term consequences is to ensure children grow up in nurturing, supportive homes and communities. PCANC accomplishes this by spearheading statewide public awareness campaigns for effective prevention efforts, offering training and technical assistance to parenting program facilitators, and advocating for programs, policies that help strengthen families to ensure that all children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities that foster their healthy growth and development.
“It’s essential that all adults play an active role in building great childhoods for the children in our community,” said Sharon Hirsch, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina President and CEO. “The future success and prosperity of our community relies on it. When we invest in solutions upstream to ensure today’s children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, we are investing in a more successful future for us all.”
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