SAFEchild News Archive


December 14 – In a Scientific American article on the impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health, SAFEchild’s Ginger Espino discusses how our Circle of Security Parenting program helps parents strengthen the parent-child bond and create a safe, nurturing home environment. Find the article here.

July 28 – Anderson Automotive Group, a champion-level SAFEchild corporate partner, has supported us since we were established nearly 30 years ago. Company president and CEO Michael Anderson is now carrying the legacy forward. This week, Michael was joined by staff from Fred Anderson Nissan of Raleigh, including general manager John Azzarelli, to present SAFEchild with a generous donation as part of the company’s Drive for a Difference charity program.

Below at left is a current photo; at right is a portion of a Time magazine ad from 2006 featuring the company’s partnership with SAFEchild.

June 1 – Our Spring 2021 Be the One fundraising and awareness campaign was a great success. Many thanks to our board, committee and staff members, as well as supporters, whose committed efforts enabled us to surpass our goal and raise over $127,000!

April 16 – SAFEchild executive director Cristin DeRonja spoke with WRAL/Fox50’s Mikaya Thurmond about the importance of community in supporting strong, resilient families and what signs to look for if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected. Find the video here.

January 22 – “The prevalence of abuse is very likely off the charts, and we are going to see the domino effect for a very long period of time to come” – Cristin DeRonja, SAFEchild executive director, in a News and Observer article entitled ‘A Problem We Can’t See.’

January 18 – SAFEchild director Cristin Deronja talked with Sarah Lingenfeld Hall of WRAL’s Go Ask Mom about SAFEchild’s programs and the lifeline they have provided to parents during the pandemic.


October – SAFEchild director Cristin DeRonja was interviewed about the presence of child abuse for a CBS17 story on the arrest of a local man for child sex crimes dating from 2012 to 2020.

AprilRaleigh Magazine offered an article entitled “Helping Children Heal,” an overview of the SAFEchild Advocacy Center. Raleigh Magazine

April – SAFEchild director Cristin DeRonja was among the victim advocate experts interviewed for an article in the News and Observer about a decline in reports of abuse to Child Protective Services.

February – SAFEchild’s critical work in the community was highlighted in Hayes Barton Living magazine. Find the article here.


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November 12 – ABC 11’s Ed Crump came to a SAFEchild Funny Tummy Feelings training for school counselors and prepared a report about the program’s expansion to every elementary school in Wake County.

November 6 – WRAL’s Ken Smith spoke with our Annual Fundraising Luncheon keynote speaker, Sasha Joseph Neulinger.

November 5 – SAFEchild executive director Cristin DeRonja spoke with WRAL’s Ken Smith about SAFEchild, our upcoming Annual Fundraising Luncheon and our special screening of the film Rewind on November 7.

June 30 – WRAL’s Go Ask Mom featured a Q&A with Carolyn Walters, founder of 100 Women Who Give a Hoot, whose members collectively donate to area nonprofits once a quarter. SAFEchild was the 2nd quarter award recipient!

June 22 – Moms Supporting Moms program coordiantor Megan Roberts was featured in a WRAL story that aired on June 22 about Raleigh’s Climb Out of the Darkness event that she organized with program facilitator Sarah Sydney.

May 26 – SAFEchild executive director Cristin DeRonja and NC Attorney General Josh Stein were guests on Curtis Media Group’s Carolina Newsmakers. Find the podcast episode here.


October 24 – Moms Supporting Moms group facilitator Sarah Sydney, who herself suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her two children, was featured in a Spectrum News NY1 report on a new medication for postpartum depression developed by Sage Therapeutics.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced its investment in SAFEchild, which will enable expansion of the school-based Funny Tummy Feelings child abuse prevention program to all Wake County elementary schools.

August 17 – CBS17 News reporter Colleen Quigley interviewed SAFEchild executive director Cristin DeRonja in a story about a local swim coach arrested for child sexual abuse.

April 28 – Gemimah Rodriguez, program coordinator for SAFEchild’s Crianza Con Carino program, which serves the county’s Hispanic population, was featured in an story on SAFEchild produced by Univision 40.

April 12 – WRAL produced a short video as bonus content for its documentary Speaking the Unspeakable that offers a great overview of the SAFEchild Advocacy Center and an interview with Melanie Shekita, a Wake County Assistant DA and SAFEchild board member. Wake County’s SAFEchild helps young abuse victims
April 9 – SAFEchild executive director Cristin DeRonja was interviewed by New Direction Family Law’s Jen Bordeaux, a SAFEchild Young Ambassador, in a Facebook Live event. Find it here.
April 3 – CBS17 News reporter Colleen Quigley interviewed SAFEchild executive director Cristin DeRonja about Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels placed across Raleigh bring awareness to child abuse
March 22 – WRAL News featured a story about SAFEchild’s 25th Anniversary Gala on its 11pm broadcast. 25 Years of SAFEchild
March 22 – WRAL News anchor and reporter Ken Smith narrated and produced a story about SAFEchild that was presented at the Gala. SAFEchild 25th Anniversary Video
March – SAFEchild was featured in the March issue of Cary magazine. SAFEchild
SAFEchild board members Dan DeLeo and Kacie Fore were among the young professionals profiled in the January/February 2018 issue of Midtown magazine. Millennials on the Move
SAFEchild was featured in Volume 6 No. 1 of Attorney At Law magazine. SAFEchild -“You’re Gonna Be OK”