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Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina

The prevention of adolescent pregnancy is the business of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina. It believes a cooperative approach between public agencies, private organizations and community volunteers can maximize prevention efforts. 

Advocacy for Children (formerly the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute)

Action for Children seeks to improve the well being of all young North Carolinians -- to make the state a better one in which to be a child and to raise children. The mission of Action for Children is to advocate for child well-being by educating and engaging all people across the state to ensure that our children are healthy, safe, well-educated and have every opportunity for success

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is a national organization whose mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. APSAC tries to fulfill this mission in a number of ways, most notably through providing education and other sources of information to professionals who work in the child maltreatment and related fields.

Disability Rights NC

Disability Rights NC is a private, tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that offers legal representation to children and adults with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Mental Health America (formerly National Mental Health Association)

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

Mental Health Association of North Carolina

MHA-NC's mission is to promote mental health, prevent mental disorders and eliminate discrimination against people with mental disorders. It accomplishes these goals through community advocacy, education, and service.

NAMI (National Alliance for Persons with Mental Illness)

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. It is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.


NAMI NC (formerly The North Carolina Alliance for the Mentally Ill) is a grass-roots organization providing support, education and advocacy for the families and friends of people with serious mental illness, and for persons with serious mental illness.

National Mental Health Consumer’s Self-Help Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse connects people to self-help and advocacy resources and offer expertise to and about peer-run groups and organizations that serve people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. It also provides the latest information on mental health and consumer/survivor issues. Included are updates on important issues, links to news sources, funding opportunities and the most recent developments in the consumer movement.

North Carolina Collaborative for Children and Families

The North Carolina State Collaborative for Children and Families, through a System of Care framework, provides a forum for collaboration, advocacy and action among families, public and private child and family serving agencies and community partners to improve outcomes for all children, youth and families.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) is the North Carolina chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America . Its goals are to:

  • Build a network of individuals and agencies across the state to organize child abuse prevention efforts in their communities.
  • Educate individuals throughout North Carolina about what child abuse is and how they can help prevent it.
  • Advocate for policies and programs that strengthen families and prevent child abuse.Ensure that child abuse prevention services are available to all.