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Child Abuse Reduction Effort

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C.A.R.E., founded in Randolph County in 1992, stands for Child Abuse Reduction Effort.  Specially trained, uniformed law enforcement officers teach the 16-week program.  Through C.A.R.E. second grade students, their teachers and parents all learn to identify what abuse is.  The curriculum is well designed and expertly taught. 

All involved support C.A.R.E.!  Principals, teachers, students, parents, grandparents, and law enforcement officers---all believe in C.A.R.E. 

The bond of trust that develops between the C.A.R.E. Officers and students is phenomenal, it is the key to C.A.R.E. effectiveness.  Children learn from skilled, caring experts in an atmosphere of trust and honesty.  This program has proven to really work. According to the statistics from the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services and Randolph County Department of Social Services, child abuse dropped three years straight. 

Second grade students really love C.A.R.E., not just because of the teaching materials, such as drawing, coloring, playing games, singing songs or even Carey the puppet, but because of the sincere concern of the C.A.R.E. Officer.  It was once said…. “It is better to build a child than repair a broken man or woman.” 

The enthusiasm of students, parents, teachers, and principals is equaled if not exceeded by that of the C.A.R.E. Officer.  In training, they are challenged to professionalism, commitment to C.A.R.E. and a commitment to young people.  As C.A.R.E. Officers, they not only believe in it, they live it.

“We believe and hope that the C.A.R.E. program can be a learning tool to teach children about child abuse.  This program promotes wellness and safety through several teaching strategies.  It gives the child the means to recognize what abuse is, it lets the child know that they have a right to feel safe at all times and gives the child a network of trusted adults to tell if abuse does occur.  The program is also used as a deterrent to any possible abuser because they are aware that the child has gained the knowledge through C.A.R.E. to help protect themselves." Former Sheriff Litchard D. Hurley, Founder