SAFEchild News

2024

March 13Raleigh, NC
SAFEchild, the only Wake County nonprofit organization to offer a full range of child abuse prevention and intervention services at no cost, has raised $11.1 million in just two years for its new 20,000-square-foot facility at 2841 Kidd Road in Raleigh, surpassing its $11 million goal and providing immediate benefit to the community.

As soon as staff moved into the building in October 2023, they immediately went to work expanding programs:

  • The SAFEchild Advocacy Center is now providing comprehensive intervention services to 45 child victims of abuse each month, up from 30 before the move, while the wait time for an appointment at the SAC is now two weeks, down from six weeks (with a short-term goal of less than five days).
  • SAFEchild now offers 15 parent education and support groups each week, most of them at the new facility, up from six. This means that 150 caregivers and 200 children receive guidance and nurturing every week.
  • The number of SAFEchild volunteers has increased to 164 from 100.

“As Wake County continues to grow, so does the need for supportive family services,” said Cristin DeRonja, SAFEchild’s executive director. “We are thrilled to share our new home with our community and multiply the number of children and families we serve.”

SAFEchild, which opened in 1992, funded the new building through its Champion Our Children capital campaign, raising $11.105 million in just two years from 425 donors. Major donors include:

  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals donated 3.5 acres of land valued at about $1 million for the new SAFEchild building.
  • Wake County contributed $2 million.
  • The City of Raleigh and Kim & Fielding Miller Family Foundation each contributed $1 million.
  • AJ Fletcher Foundation, the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation, Fred and Annette Anderson and Family, and the Temple Sloan Family Foundation each contributed $500,000.

2023

October 26 – SAFEchild celebrated the completion of our new 20,000-square-foot home with a very special Ribbon Cutting ceremony.

September 17 – SAFEchild was profiled in the September/October issue of Wake Living magazine. Read the article here.

September 1 – Our new 20,000-square-foot home is almost ready for move-in! We are excited to soon share the space with children, caregivers and community partners. Find information about the campaign here.

August 15 – We have now raised over $10 million toward our $11 million Champion Our Children campaign goal! This final $1 million is critical to ensuring we can meet the needs of the children and families we serve. Find information about the campaign here.

January 25 – SAFEchild’s Champion Our Children capital campaign is in full swing – and has raised over $9 million toward the $11 million goal! Find information about the campaign here.

2022

September 13 – SAFEchild director Cristin DeRonja spoke with CBS17’s Hayley Fixler about incidences of teachers taking indecent liberties with students. Find the interview here.

August 31 – SAFEchild director Cristin DeRonja spoke with WRAL’s Debra Morgan about behavior changes that might signal to parents their child has been or is being abused and how to talk to children about protecting themselves. Find the interview here.

March 25 – Our Crianza con Cariño program was featured on Univision 40. Find the story here.

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. wral.com

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