About SAFEchild

SAFEchild was established in 1992 by the Junior League of Raleigh. Reflecting its public position statement that “every child has the right to mature in an environment free from physical abuse and emotional neglect,” the Junior League voted to create a child abuse prevention agency to fill a gap in human service offerings in Wake County.

Working closely with Wake County Social Services and dozens of other public and private agencies in Wake County, the League incorporated SAFEchild as an independent agency, hired Marjorie Menestres as executive director, and provided the initial financial support. SAFEchild has operated as an independent agency since its third year. Many JLR members remain actively involved with SAFEchild as board members, volunteers and individual donors.

SAFEchild annually serves about 900 families through parenting programs and the SAFEchild Advocacy Center in addition to empowering 7,000 first-graders through Funny Tummy Feelings.

Mission Statement

SAFEchild is committed to eliminating child abuse in Wake County by helping adults and children create nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect.

Vision Statement

SAFEchild partners with families to help them be successful in a world filled with challenges and obstacles.

  • We honor families as the foundation of a healthy, strong, multicultural society.
  • We offer support and education that provide strategies for creating nurturing environments.
  • We serve as a bridge to resources and opportunities built on knowledge, trust and commitment for adults and children.
  • We respect that the impact for each individual in this process – both participant and provider – is unique and engenders results that contribute to lifelong, positive self-empowerment.


  • Prevent child abuse from ever occurring.
  • Empower parents and caregivers to move toward healthy family relationships by breaking negative parenting patterns.
  • Educate and raise awareness about the issue of child abuse in Wake County.


  • Every child has the right to grow up in an environment free from abuse and neglect.
  • Child maltreatment should never be condoned and should never be tolerated.
  • The family is the fundamental resource for the nurturing of children, and children have a right to their families.
  • Families are diverse and have a right to be respected.
  • Families can grow and change. With support, information and community resources, most parents are capable of creating safe, nurturing environments for their children.
  • All families experience periods of stress and crisis, and not all families are consistently able to produce a non-abusive, non-neglectful home environment.
  • Seeking support and information, encouragement, and community resources is a sign of family/individual strength.

Want to learn more about SAFEchild?

Call us at 919-743-6140 or email sdavage@safechildnc.org to learn more about SAFEchild’s work in the community.