Kids First Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Center

Located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Kids First offers proven-effective evaluation and treatment services for children who have been abused or severely neglected. Our services are comprehensive, child-focused, evidence-based, and are provided at no charge to the families.
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by Rhonda Morris — last modified Mar 08, 2013 05:16 PM

Sep 15, 2011

170 Sex Offenders in Albemarle Region Get Surprise Visits

by Rhonda Morris — last modified Sep 15, 2011 10:52 AM

"170" and "Sex Offenders" on Front Page Makes the Reality Clear...and these are only the ones who have been caught and convicted!

Kudos to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers for joining forces to take sex offenders to task over registering their addresses. Many of these offenders either fail to register or register a family member's address as their own in order to hide their true whereabouts, while they might actually live within yards of a childcare facility or school. According to The Daily Advance, "Operation Paladin" started on Monday and will continue through Friday, September 16. So far, three offenders in Pasquotank and one offender in Perquimans have been arrested for failure to register. There are more who have not been located.

To see where offenders who have been convicted of sex offenses live, go to


Nov 03, 2010

Training for Child Death Officials

by Rhonda Morris — last modified Nov 03, 2010 03:37 PM

Recommendations from the Child Fatality Task Force

North Carolina's Child Fatality Task Force has been producing invaluable information to the state that has resulted in new policies and laws regarding everything from child safety seats to bicycle helmets to child abuse and neglect.

Most recently, they have emphasized the need for two new bills to be introduced in 2011 regarding the investigation of child deaths. One of the bills will call for standardized investigative protocols and the other will establish a regional child death special investigator. For the past several years, one person from the state has had the job of training investigators all over North Carolina in following a standard protocol in child death cases. These trainings have been given with the hope that individual law enforcement agencies would incorporate the protocols into practice. Without further training - and some financially supportive "teeth" - this has been next to impossible. Our state's police and sheriff's departments are hard pressed as it is to handle all that is already on their overfilled plates. However, it is VITAL that these child death investigations be done as the Task Force is suggesting. Otherwise, we will continue to have "unexplained" child deaths that were actually caused by child abuse. It will be well worth our while to pay attention to the progress of these bills as they are developed and go through the General Assembly. I will be keeping my eye out for them and will let you know when the time is best to write to your legislators to help educate them on the need for passage of these bills.

Jan 12, 2010

Wachovia/Wells Fargo Steps up for Abused Children!

by Rhonda Morris — last modified Jan 12, 2010 02:44 PM

In early December, I was honored to receive a donation of $1,000 on behalf of the children we serve from employees of Wachovia/Wells Fargo. It was especially meaningful to have been chosen by the employees to receive these funds. This kind of giving reveals the soul of a company, showing that its people are aware of problems within their community and are willing to step up to help heal those wounds. The problems Kids First deals with are especially hard to face: the sexual abuse and physical abuse of our children. The next time you're in the bank, please be sure to thank Wachovia's staff members for helping the kids who receive services at Kids First!

Nov 17, 2009

Dixieland Speedway Brings a "Stack of Bills!"

by Rhonda Morris — last modified Nov 17, 2009 02:25 PM

Yesterday, November 16, we were having lunch at the office when Debbie Swain from Dixieland Speedway walked in with a wonderful surprise: a stack of money! The "bills" had been collected as part of a 50/50 drawing over the weekend at their driver's banquet. Red and Debbie, owners of the speedway, have been such wonderful sponsors of Kids First over the years; they keep coming up with ways to help the kids...and we don't even have to ask. Thank you SO much, Red and Debbie...and everyone who continues to contribute to their fundraisers at the track. We are so grateful for your support!

Nov 16, 2009

Elizabeth City Cosmo Club Sponsors Children!

by Rhonda Morris — last modified Nov 16, 2009 02:25 PM

The Cosmopolitan Club has been on a shopping spree for three children who receive services at Kids First!! What a joy this will be for these children, all of whom came out of abusive homes, have been in therapy, and are doing SO well with their new families. The Club members collected $600.00, went out and spent $200 on each child, and are going to seek more sponsorships over the next week. I've even heard whispers that one member is planning on buying all three children a bicycle! From the perspective of Kids First, our hearts are about to burst with gratitude for these wonderful people who are giving so compassionately to children they will never personally get to see or know! Thank you SO much to all of you!

Jul 09, 2009

ALERT! Seeking Heroes and Ambassadors for Children

by Rhonda Morris — last modified Jul 09, 2009 03:25 PM

Stress seems to be running rampant in this economic climate. With that said, it's no surprise that abuse rates are higher (not only physical, but sexual abuse as well). There are more cases (the annual increase rate has DOUBLED since two years ago!!) and the extent of injuries is more severe. The climate creates a catch 22. It contributes to a greater need for victim services while also causing funding sources to be limited for those same services.

Kids First has just taken a big hit from a formerly reliabe funder. A huge hit. And yet we are in the midst of one of the busiest times we have ever known. THE CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP! We are seeking Heroes for Children: members of Kids First Alliance who are willing to contribute $100 or more per month. We are also seeking Ambassadors: members who may not be able to make this contribution, but who can make some level of contribution and help us spread the word and directly recruit others to become members.

Levels of support:

Friend to an abused child..........$5/month

Protector of an abused child...... $20/month

Guardian for an abused child......$50/month

Hero to an abused child............$100/month

Also, choosing to make a one-time donation to the cause will make a huge difference in the life of a child.

Please send donations to: Kids First, Inc. PO Box 23 Elizabeth City, NC 27907 or call us at 252-338-5658 email

Thank you so much for your support!!!!

For the children,


Jul 08, 2009

On a mission

by Rhonda Morris — last modified Jul 08, 2009 02:25 PM

Times are tight, folks! Caseloads are up and funding streams are trying to pull back, but our mission to provide the very best in child abuse evaluation and treatment services is only getting stronger! You make a huge difference every time you donate a dollar, a roll of paper towels, or a blog comment! It really is true that every little bit counts. Thank you for all you do and please contact Kids First at 252-338-5658 for more information on how you can help a child victim.

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