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17 Jul Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Announces Two New Board Members

Charleston, S.C, May 22, 2018 – Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families, is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. These new board members will each serve a three-year term. Joining the Board of Directors are Blair Turner and Lance Oliver. Blair Turner is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was a high school teacher for two years and spent several years in specialty pharmaceuticals. She is an Honorary Member of the Turner Foundation and has served on the...

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17 Jul National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Charleston, S.C, March 26, 2018 – Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families, is rallying the Lowcountry in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April. Studies show that nearly 11,500 children are abused in Charleston and Berkeley counties each year. This puts them at risk for a host of negative physical and emotional outcomes. “Our goal this April, and throughout the entire year, is to educate the community on child abuse prevention and to increase awareness of the healing services and resources available to victims and their families,” says...

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17 Jul Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center Receives Gift of $500,000 for Campaign to Help Meet the Needs of Children in the Lowcountry

Charleston, S.C, January 11, 2018 – Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families, has received a $500,000 challenge gift to their capital campaign, Above and Beyond: The Campaign to Help Children Soar. The campaign, now in its final month, has raised $4.75 million, just $250,000 shy of the $5 million goal. The Center met a $500,000 challenge set by The Medical Society’s Roper St. Francis Physicians Endowment and received an additional $500,000 grant from the organization upon completion. “Children who have experienced abuse are at risk for not only emotional problems, but...

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20 Jul Monumental Campaign to Transform Child Abuse Treatment in the Lowcountry

Charleston, S.C, May 12, 2017 – Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center today announced an initiative that will improve every aspect of child abuse treatment while doubling the number of children it can serve to help them heal from the effects of abuse. “Not since the founding of the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center 26 years ago has the Lowcountry seen such an opportunity to transform the treatment of child abuse in our community,” said Dr. Carole C. Swiecicki, Dee Norton’s executive director and CEO. “Children can, and do, heal from the effects of abuse as long as they receive the proper...

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20 Jul Canine Companions for Independence® Facility Dog Joins Team

June 13, 2017 – Motivation and support can come in many forms, including a cold nose and warm heart, as the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to help children heal from abuse and trauma, learned as they welcome their newest staff member, Poppy. The Canine Companions for Independence facility dog and her handler, therapist Bailey Jackson, will assist clients seen at the Center. Initial funding to establish a facility dog program at the Center was provided by grant funding from The InterTech Group Foundation, which covered staff time and travel for interviews, a two-week handler training, and...

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20 Jul Child Advocacy Center Purchases New Building in Mt Pleasant

Charleston, S.C., March 9, 2017 – The newly renamed Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center has purchased a new building to meet the growing need of children in the Lowcountry. For the last 25 years the center has helped more than 26,000 children and their families at their location on King Street, and now is at capacity. By adding a second location, the center will increase its services and partnerships to meet the changing needs of the growing community and better serve its mission to prevent abuse, protect children and heal families. New building will serve more children Just in Charleston County, an...

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20 Jul Lowcountry’s Leading Child Advocacy Center Joins National Effort to Increase Awareness of Child Abuse Prevention in April

Charleston, S.C, March 31, 2017 – While the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center focuses on prevention year-round, during the month of April, the organization will participate in several events in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. Studies show nearly 6,000 children are physically or sexually abused or sexually assaulted in Charleston and Berkeley counties combined, each year. “During the month, the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center plans...

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13 Jun Tradd Newton Recognized for Years of Service to The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

In recognition of his outstanding long-term volunteer service to The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC), Tradd Newton—a native Charlestonian and owner of Fleet Landing Restaurant—has been named the 2016 recipient of the Philanthropy Leadership Community Award from the National Children’s Alliance (NCA).  The award will be presented on June 5th in Washington, DC during the NCA Leadership Conference Opening Reception. Over the last 15 years, Tradd Newton has been contributing his time, resources, ideas and passion to support DNLCC in its mission to help children and families in the Lowcountry heal from the trauma of abuse.  From 2001-2005, Newton hosted...

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12 May The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center Celebrates 25 Years of Healing

by Dr. Carole Campbell Swiecicki, DNLCC Executive Director Thanks to the Charleston community, the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC) is celebrating 25 years of serving children and families when there is a concern about abuse! We are privileged to have helped over 25,000 children since we opened in 1991, and we are committed to achieving positive change for thousands more children in the years to come. In 2015 alone, the steadfast support of our Lowcountry community allowed DNLCC to: Provide 20% more forensic interviews to children about whom a concern of abuse was raised. Improve the ability to meet children’s needs more...

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12 May Rite Aid Foundation Supports Services for Abused Children in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC) received a $5,000 challenge grant from The Rite Aid Foundation to support the delivery of critical services for abused children and their families in Charleston and surrounding areas. Rite Aid representatives Jignesh Patel, Lisa Bryant, Teadra McCall, Sonya Medlock, and Timothy Riederer presented the check for five thousand dollars on February 17, 2016 to Beverly Hutchison, Director of Development and Marketing, and Carole C. Swiecicki, Ph.D., Executive Director of DNLCC. The $5,000 challenge grant came as a result of a challenge issued in October 2015 by The Rite Aid Foundation to...

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