Welcome to AWAKE

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children. AWAKE placed pinwheels throughout Jackson County as a reminder to our community that child abuse prevention is essential. 


Jackson County Commissioner’s Proclamed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month


Picture above from Left to right: Commissioner Charles Elders, Commissioner Boyce Dietz, AWAKE Ex. Director Renee Coward, Sylva Police Department Lieutenant Detective Aimee Watson, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Major Shannon Queen, Jackson County Department of Social Services Director Jennifer Abshire, Meridian Behavioral Dr. Raymond Turpin, AWAKE Board of Director Heather Baker, Commissioner Mickey Luker, AWAKE Forensic Interviewer/Case Manager Paige Gilliland, Commissioner Ron Mau, AWAKE Victim Services Coordinator Heather Odom, AWAKE WCU Intern Abby Sipes.



AWAKE Children's Advocacy Center and Mad Batter Food & Film will be hosting a screening of the film Resilience on April, 25th. The film will be followed by a short discussion of the film. Please come join us for a very informative night on how trauma effects young brains. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. Resilience, chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back, using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the effects of a childhood that no child would choose. 

Event Details:

What: Resilience Film Screening & Discussion

 When: April 25th 6:00-7:30 P.M.

  Where: Mad Batter Food & Film, Downtown Sylva



Thank you to Nell Nations at Ray's Fabric loft for unstitching a skirt by hand and turning it into a beautiful wall hanging. The wall hanging is now in our lobby for our children to enjoy. We appreciate all of Nell's hard work on this! 

Thank you the Cashiers Cares for their donation to AWAKE. Cashiers Cares was able to donate over $2,000.00 to AWAKE thist April. AWAKE is very appreciative of Cashiers Cares support in our mission to advocate for child abuse victims in Jackson County.


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 families during 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 "gofundme" link on the "How can I help" tab 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

Cashiers United Methodist Church 

St. John's Episcopal Church, Sylva