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Prevent Child Abuse NC: Invest Upstream in Children and Families

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

  • 80% of Americans reporting donating goods, money or time to an organization supporting children and families,
  • 70% reported volunteering to work with children through places of worship, schools, and sports or academic clubs, and
  • 56% provided mentorship to a child in their family, neighborhood, or community.

“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:

  • Give another parent(s) the night off by offering to babysit.
  • Volunteer to staff an after-school program. 
  • Mentor a new parent by offering to be someone they can reach out to if they need help or someone to talk to.
  • Advocate for policies that support children and families in the legislature, with County Commissioners, and in your workplace.
  • Encourage local school personnel, coaches, caregivers, or volunteers who work with children to take PCANC’s free, online Recognizing & Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment Course.
  • Volunteer with organizations that support children and families.
  • Donate money to organizations that support children and families.

“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
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is the leading statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. Through collaboration with partners across North Carolina, PCANC works with communities to build safe, stable, nurturing relationships for all children. PCANC is the North Carolina chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. For more information contact Kristie Demers, Communications Coordinator, at (919) 829-8009, ext. 619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

A chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

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