We're Putting Kids First in Northeastern North Carolina
Kids First offers proven-effective evaluation and treatment services for children who have been abused or severely neglected. Our services are comprehensive, child-focused, evidence-based, and are provided at no charge to the families. Please explore our site for more information on who we are, how we may be able to serve you, and how you may be able to help a hurting child.
The goal of our work here at Kids First is to help children who have been sexually or physically abused to heal and to realize that what someone else has done to them does not make them defective. Sexual abuse is an epidemic in our society, affecting 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys before the age of 18. Without intervention, most of these children grow up thinking they were somehow responsible for the abuse they endured. Many turn to alcohol or drugs for self-medication to help with the anguish; others suffer from various mental health problems that may limit their ability to function; others wind up in the prison system; many simply continue to suffer in silence, unable to trust others (or even their own judgment).
Most abused children (over 80%) do not tell what happened to them until well into adulthood, if ever. This has been learned from studies of adults who were abused as children. For those children who do tell, it is imperative that they be met with the least traumatic investigative process, followed by proven-effective therapeutic intervention. That's what we are here to provide, and in a child-friendly environment.
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