Today, I joined in a program sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) to increase public awareness of the need for us to prevent child abuse here in NC. The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. You may see these beautiful blue and silver pinwheels blowing in the wind in communities across our state to raise attention to this critical issue. “Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is the only statewide organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Through investment in innovative programs proven to prevent child maltreatment before it occurs, PCANC helps North Carolina’s communities decrease factors that put children at risk for abuse and increase factors that encourage children to thrive.” According to PCANC’s website.
“Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on the health and well-being of children. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. A child is more at risk for ACEs when their parents experience stressors like economic hardship, social isolation, lack of health care, or inability to obtain basic necessities. In NC, 32% of our children have parents who lack secure employment; 38% live in single-parent homes; and, 6% are without health insurance. The lifelong consequences are often devastating to individual children and families – and they are also a drain on our businesses and taxpayers. Higher health care costs, incarceration rates, lost work time, and shortages of emotionally and mentally prepared workers are all directly correlated to ACEs. This does not have to happen. The answer is simple: To build a healthy future for North Carolina, we must invest in prevention and focus on strengthening our families and communities.” PCANC works hard to build great childhoods through evidence-based program support, advocacy for public policies that foster safe, stable, nurturing environments, and public awareness about the ways all of us can prevent abuse and neglect from ever happening.
I’d like to thank all of those from PCANC for their advocacy. Today, Wendy Jacobs, the Chairperson of the Durham County Board of Commissioners was also present when this year’s program was launched in Durham at the American Tobacco Complex.
For more information on PCANC, check out their website: https://preventchildabusenc.org