Sneads Ferry North Carolina: North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to Present Two Prestigious Awards at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Statewide Conference

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to Present Two Prestigious Awards at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Statewide Conference

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to Present Two Prestigious Awards at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Statewide Conference

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper will join over 400 child advocates and leaders from across the state to recognize the personal achievement of two exemplary North Carolinians. The prestigious Donna Stone and Blue Ribbon Parent Awards will be presented on Tuesday March 18 at 12:30pm in the Twin City Quarter Conference Center of Winston-Salem, NC. Attorney General Cooper decided to personally recognize the award recipients because in his words:

“All children deserve a safe and caring place to grow and learn. We’re grateful for caring people who work to stop child abuse and help children across our state.”

The Donna Stone Award recipient, Mr. Cleveland Hunt, was nominated by the adoption unit of Nash County Department of Social Services for his exemplary initiative in raising awareness of the “Safe Surrender” of newborns. Mr. Hunt, a paramedic in Nash County, turned a personal encounter with two abandoned newborns into an independent enterprise to raise awareness of Safe Surrender locations. Mr. Hunt started by raising awareness as well as raising over $1,800 to design and print signs. These signs clearly indicate Nash county fire and rescue stations as locations where young mothers can safely surrender their infants without fear of prosecution. Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina gives the Donna J. Stone Memorial Award to an individual or group with a demonstrated commitment to child abuse prevention in memory of the significant contribution of Donna J. Stone, who founded the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse in 1972.

The Blue Ribbon Parent Award recognizes the initiative of a parent and community leader. Ms. Beth Taylor is the first recipient of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Blue Ribbon Parent Award. Ms. Taylor began her engagement with prevention efforts in the “Families and Schools Together” program at Old Fort Family Resource Center. Over the past eight years, Ms. Taylor’s involvement encouraged community activities from the donation of more than 400 blankets for needy families to establishing the “Circle of Parents” program at Old Fort Family Center. The Blue Ribbon Parent Award recognizes parent leaders whose involvement in local programs expands awareness, services, and support to others in their community.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is a statewide, citizen-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in all its forms. With a network of over 350 agencies and professionals across the state, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina turns information into action by promoting effective community-based prevention programs, public awareness activities, educational initiatives, and training programs. Founded in 1979, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. For additional information, please call 1-800-CHILDREN or visit www.preventchildabusenc.org.

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