To be prepared for life, children need to be safe and healthy, nurtured, learning and ready to succeed. We are working to ensure that all children receive a healthy start and develop to their full potential in safe and nurturing families, schools and communities. In Onslow County we face numerous challenges that stand in the way for children:
- Child Abuse
- Access to Mental Health Services
- Families Don’t Know Where to Go For Help & Resources
- Child Abuse
Child abuse is a complex problem that has long-lasting harmful effects and happens more than you can imagine. We must recognize that child abuse is not someone else’s problem.
- Mental Health
Without treatment, children who suffer from adverse childhood experiences may have challenges forming healthy relationships, regulating emotions, and living a physically healthy life.
- Families don’t know where to go for help and resources they need
As families move into the community it can be difficult to know what the community has to offer and how to access available resources. This can be challenging for families.
Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention
Each program offered through One Place is designed to serve as a protective factor for children and families. When children are hurt through abuse, One Place provides hope and healing through comprehensive services in our Child Advocacy Center.
We provide early education programs that support children’s healthy development during the first 2,000 days of life when critical brain development occurs, but that isn’t always enough. Children that have been hurt by abuse or through other adverse childhood experiences may need professional help to cope with their trauma even when they are supported by caring parents and adults.
When families can locate resources for themselves and their children, they are making connections. When more children and families access resources and build connections, we are building a strong foundation for children and families and a stronger community for you and me. A strong community is where we all want to live – where children and families have access to the resources they need to thrive.