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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Harrah's Casino HEROS volunteers placing pinwheels.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, AWAKE Children’s Advocacy Centerencourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Jackson Countya better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

To celebrate the happy, healthy childhoods that all children deserve; pinwheel gardens will be placed throughout the community through the month of April. Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention, and serve as a beacon of hope that, with everyone’s help, all children can live a life free of abuse.



Founded in 1993 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, AWAKE serves to educate and advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Jackson County, NC.

In addition to prevention services, AWAKE is a Children's Advocacy Center and coordinates services of local agencies for familiesduring abuse investigations. We hope you enjoy our site and that the resources here are beneficial to you.

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Donations Needed and Appreciated

This website includes a "Donate" button on each of the other AWAKE website pages to accept online donations via debit or credit cards. Please consider a contribution online or by mail, as AWAKE relies on local financial support to supplement operational funds from federal, state, and grant foundation sources. Mailed donations should be sent to P. O. Box 755, Sylva, NC 28779.


Thank you to our major funders!

North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission: Victim's of Crime Act

W. C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation, Inc.