Press Releases

July 18, 2012

SAFEchild, Lucy Daniels Center Announce Collaboration

Cary,NC—Lucy Daniels Center, the Triangle area’s largest nonprofit provider of child mental health services, announces an agreement with SAFEchild, a Wake County agency committed to eliminating child abuse by helping adults and children create nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect.

The agreement makes formal the commitment of both organizations, known for their advocacy and direct service work to ensure early emotional health and child safety, respectively, to cooperate on programs and projects of mutual interest. Staff from these two groups will work together to establish specific objectives and goals for their collaboration, leverage resources to strengthen program areas, bring a greater public awareness of the need for their respective programs and future joint programs, and provide additional opportunities for increased funding.

A centerpiece of this agreement allows these two early childhood organizations to refer families to and connect them with one another’s services, as appropriate.

Lucy Daniels Center, founded in 1989 with a generous start-up gift from Lucy Daniels, Ph.D., serves more than 600 children and their families annually through a range of therapeutic and early childhood education programs. The Center’s mission is to help children live emotionally healthy lives through in-depth evaluation and treatment, family involvement, and education.

SAFEchild, established in 1993 by the Junior League of Raleigh, is committed to eliminating child abuse in Wake County by helping adults and children create nurturing environments free from abuse and neglect.  Serving more than 900 families and 6500 children annually, SAFEchild supports and strengthens families through a blend of parenting information, emotional support and identification and treatment of child abuse.

“Because the issue of child well-being is complex, child safety and positive emotional health for young children requires agencies to share their specific expertise to provide a seamless system of support for families of young children, said Marjorie Menestres, executive director of SAFEchild. “We are delighted to be partnering with Lucy Daniels Center, an agency that provides such fine services.”

Donald R. Rosenblitt, M.D., executive and clinical director of Lucy Daniels Center, noted that the partnership enriches both organizations as well as the communities and families they serve.

“We are so pleased to take this concrete step of collaboration between two sister organizations working on behalf of the emotional welfare of our young,” he said. “The programs, community relationships, and committed professionals that each program has developed over the past two decades will enrich the potential for each to fulfill their closely aligned missions.”

Learn more about Lucy Daniels Center at www.lucydanielscenter.org.

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