Following the tragic deaths of four children in 1997 as a result of severe maltreatment and abuse, the Rowan County community decided that something had to be done. Prevent Child Abuse Rowan (PCAR) began as a grassroots organization following the first Child Abuse Prevention Walk held in late 1997. Kimber Mork, a concerned and dedicated social worker, was responsible for organizing the walk. As a result of her efforts and in collaboration with other concerned citizens, PCAR incorporated in May, 2000, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
This initial group of dedicated individuals from various disciplines sought to end child abuse in Rowan County by building a citizen-based network to organize child abuse prevention and education efforts and advocate on behalf of our children. PCAR continued this work for many years until several social workers and law enforcement officers in the county determined that more needed to be done to support the children who have already suffered from abuse.
To make this goal a reality, The Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center (CAC) opened its doors in March, 2005. The CAC is named in memory of Terrie Spencer Hess, who was a local guardian ad-litem instrumental in getting the CAC off the ground prior to her passing. The CAC is based upon a nationally-recognized model for responding to allegations of child physical and sexual abuse. The CAC was accredited by National Children's Alliance in 2012 as a best-practice model for child advocacy centers.
PCAR's goal continues to be the prevention of child abuse, and two specific programs help achieve that. In 2014, PCAR started the Stop-Go-Tell program which provides in-school, educational sessions for First and Fifth graders to teach them how to avoid abuse. In 2016, PCAR started providing parenting education to help caregivers be more calm, consistent, and supportive, and to learn ways to help keep their children safe. PCAR continues to work hard to support Rowan County children and their caregivers. Please consider helping us today.