Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina Officially Re-chartered by Prevent Child Abuse America

MORRISVILLE, N.C. (March 13, 2024) – Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC), the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), today announced it has maintained Prevent Child Abuse America Chartered Chapter status for the next four years. To maintain its status as a fully Chartered Chapter, PCANC was required to successfully complete the rigorous Building Capacity chartering process. PCANC has been helping North Carolina communities prevent child abuse and neglect as an official chapter of the Prevent Child Abuse America network for the past 45 years.  

Through the Building Capacity Chartering process, PCANC underwent an in-depth evaluation to determine the extent to which its current practices are aligned with the national organization’s nine required criteria. These criteria represent the standards of a sound and stable organization with the ability to implement a broad spectrum of effective prevention strategies. PCANC not only met chartering requirements but received exemplary scores in all but two core areas and successfully achieved a chartered status demonstrating strength in each of the required criteria.  

Leading our networks of agencies and professionals to nurture positive childhoods by building capacity, raising awareness and advocating for policies to put families first makes it possible for more of NC’s children grow up healthy, nurtured and thriving,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President and CEO. “Our outstanding rechartering results reflect the collective effort of our staff, board, and partners at the state and local levels.” 

In its summary report, Prevent Child Abuse America described PCANC as a “leader in the state” with many “long-standing and trusted partnerships” including North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, philanthropic partners and local agencies. They cited a board of directors that is “highly engage, well informed” and “actively engaged in strategic planning and keeping abreast of the changing needs in the state.”  The report also mentioned PCANC’s strength in providing “comprehensive information on healthy child development and the prevention of child maltreatment through technical assistance, training, implementation, and capacity building support.” It further cited PCANC’s commitment to good governance and financial health. 

“The work done by our chapters is critical to creating the kind of nation where all children and families are living a purposeful and happy life with hope for the future – because childhood lasts a lifetime.  We are proud of the quality of work done at our North Carolina Chapter,” said Dr. Melissa Merrick, President & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “PCANC is clearly a leader in our field, working to build positive childhoods for all, especially those left behind, to maximize the opportunity for all children and families to thrive. We are grateful to the leaders of PCANC for undergoing this arduous process in order to make sure that they are best equipped to make a difference in the lives of children and families in North Carolina.” 


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 ensures that prevention is a priority for North Carolina and all communities have the knowledge, support, and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect. PCANC is the North Carolina chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America and is a proud recipient of both Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating and GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information contact Kris Demers, Director of Communications and Marketing, at (919) 829-8009, ext. 619 or 


About Prevent Child Abuse America 

Prevent Child Abuse America is a national organization with presence across 44 states, the District of Columbia and Israel, with nearly 600 Healthy Families America home visitation sites throughout the country. Across our nationwide network of programs and state chapters, we impact more than 300,000 people every year through the promotion of services that improve child well-being and the development of programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect. Visit to learn more.