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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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12 May Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Abuse

by Dr. Carole Campbell Swiecicki, DNLCC Executive Director Child sexual abuse is an unspeakable crime. It can lead to devastating consequences for children and disrupt families. What do parents do when sexual abuse happens in your community or your neighborhood? As the Executive Director of The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center (DNLCC), I have been asked this question several times this week. Recent allegations of sexual abuse happening under our noses in a Mount Pleasant neighborhood have left many feeling angry, frightened, and confused. As a resident of Mount Pleasant myself, and having specialized in working with child abuse survivors for...

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12 May The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center Elects Six to Board of Directors

The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center (DNLCC) is pleased to announce the election of six individuals to the 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors. These new members will each serve a three-year term, which began on April 1, 2016. The newly elected members to the DNLCC Board of Directors are: Chris Brown (Mount Pleasant, SC), a former DNLCC Board Member who has served on the Chart a Course for Children dinner auction committee. Julie Daniels (Charleston, SC), the Senior Director of Global Accounts at HelmsBriscoe, and past president of the Junior League of Charleston. She will serve as the representative of the...

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