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We are grateful for local media who help build public awareness and education about child abuse prevention! Our team is made up of several child-serving organizations that have experts who are available to provide interviews with the media.


For media inquiries, please contact Meghan McDonald of the District Attorney’s Office at or 704-686-0726.

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Queen City Nerve: Pat's Place answers the call as pandemic raises child abuse concerns

Andrew Oliver, Executive Director of Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center, speaks with Queen City Nerve about the organization's work, as well as the impact of the pandemic on children and child abuse. READ MORE

WCNC: After schools closed, child abuse referrals slowed

After schools closed due to COVID-19, child abuse and neglect referrals quickly dropped in Mecklenburg County. Teachers account for one out of every five child abuse and neglect referrals nationwide. READ MORE

The PROJECT with Steve Rutherford: Interview with Dana Frady

Dana Frady of the Mecklenburg County Guardian ad Litem's Office joined Steve Rutherford for a conversation about the Guardian ad Litem program. READ MORE

WFAE's Charlotte Talks: Preventing child abuse and neglect

Several leaders from organizations involved in the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team joined WFAE's Mike Collins for a discussion about the rising incidence of child abuse and what is being done to turn this trend around and get help for the children who need it most. READ MORE

Beasley Media Group: Child Abuse Prevention Month PSA

Partnering with Beasley Media Group, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather is sharing a message of child abuse prevention through public service announcements that aired on six local radio stations during Child Abuse Prevention Month. READ MORE

Spectrum News: Kilah Davenport's grandmother on child abuse: 'This is a silent epidemic'

La Noticia: Baja el número de casos de niños maltratados en Mecklenburg

Según la entidad durante ese último período fiscal 13,968 niños, o 4.6 % de todos los menores de 18 años, fueron reportados como víctimas de maltrato. De estos casos 7,463 fueron investigados y de ellos 62.4 % involucró más de un niño. READ MORE blog: Beethoven’s Battle

Against all odds, Ludwig van Beethoven became, arguably, the best known composer in history. Born in an attic room in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven’s childhood was less than idyllic. He suffered physical abuse at the hands of his father and his mother felt powerless to stop it. Despite his harsh upbringing, however, he still managed to bestow the world with the gift of his rare talent. READ MORE

Herald Weekly: Focus on child abuse prevention

Pinwheel gardens popping up around town and other initiatives are raising awareness about April being Child Abuse Prevention month.

The Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team, along with other organizations throughout the region, have begun planting the gardens.....“We always want to draw attention to child abuse and try and help children that are in need,” Sgt. Brad Habenicht of the Huntersville Police Department said. He recently set up a pinwheel garden at the department, and pinwheels are available for free inside, he said. READ MORE

Creative Loafing: Group Works to Stop Child Abuse Before it Happens

LuAnn Ritsema of the Council for Children's Rights spoke with Creative Loafing Charlotte about the Mecklenburg Child Abuse Prevention Team's work this month! In the article she said, "One of the things we want to focus on is how to keep child abuse from even happening; what are the things that we all can do to keep kids safe?" READ MORE

Charlotte Observer: Local Officials Promote Child Abuse Prevention Month

Local child welfare advocates had a straightforward reminder for the community Thursday as they marked the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. READ MORE

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