The National Exchange Club Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, families and our communities through its national project, the prevention of child abuse. The NEC Foundation's most successful method of countering abuse is by working directly with parents. The NEC Foundation coordinates a nationwide network of nearly 100 Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers who utilize the parent aide program and provide support to families at-risk for abuse.
The NEC Foundation is endorsed by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and was the winner of a Presidential Award from the White House Office of Private Sector Initiatives. The award recognizes exemplary community outreach and volunteer service projects sponsored by businesses, trade associations, professional societies and other private organizations.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month -- Each year, the NEC Foundation endorses the month of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The NEC Foundation produces an annual child abuse prevention month kit which includes public awareness project ideas, public relations informtion, promotional materials and community involvement suggestions.
National Baby Safety Month -- September is recognized by the NEC Foundation as Baby Safety Month. In conjunction with this observance, a national Shaken Baby Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Campaign kit is distributed throughout the country. Complimentary brochures, public service announcements, parenting tips and promotional ideas are included.
You may not think of this area as a place where child abuse occurs. Yet, most likely, three calls were made today in Walla Walla County to report suspected child abuse or neglect. That’s twice the state average.
- Liaison with local and national CAP Councils (CAP site)
ABC Primetime Special
Review the ABC Primetime special on "Parenting: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse,"featuring a family from an Exchange Club Center, the special includes a variety of interviews and a panel discussion with Linda Riggs, Salamanca, NY Exchange Club Center Executive Director; Karen Askew, National Exchange Club Foundation Interim Executive Director; and Alan Kazdin, Ph.D., professor of psychology and child psychology at Yale University. The focus of the program is that raising children can be extremely challenging, but help is available to parents.