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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Fall 2010 Newsletter


Kids First, Inc. October Newsletter 


Halloween should be a fun time for “kids” of all ages. Follow these tips to make sure everyone in your family has a safe and healthy Halloween!

- Know your neighbors: visit to review the National Sex Offender Registry.

- Go trick-or-treating with your children. If you permit your older child to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends, review these safety rules with them and make sure that they know that under no circumstances should they enter anyone’s home or accept a ride from a stranger. Discuss with them ahead of time what areas they may visit, when they should be home, and make sure they have a cell phone with them at all times. All trick-or-treaters should stay in well-lit areas with lots of other people around- instruct your children not to cut through fields or alleys.

- Apply reflective tape to your children’s costumes. You might also consider having your child wear glow items (this is a great time for those light-up shoes!) and make sure to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries. Instruct children to walk, not run.

- Make sure your child has identification in case you get separated. You can contact your local law enforcement agency for information on the Identi-Kid program.

- Only visit well-lit houses.

- Don’t approach unfamiliar pets or animals.

- Do not give small children hard candy as it creates a choking hazard.

- Never allow your children to eat any candy until it has been inspected at home under bright lighting. Discard any candy that is not tightly sealed in manufacturer’s wrappers. Discard any candy in punctured packaging, or any homemade candy,

- Report any suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.

Kids First would like to wish everyone a Happy (and safe!) Halloween!


A Family Day at the Farm: Morris Farm Market Hosts Fall Festival for Kids First

The only thing better than enjoying a day at the farm market with games, music, and family fun, is doing all of these things for a great cause! On September 25th, Morris Farm Market in Barco hosted a full day of activities to benefit Kids First, including facepainting, a cornhole tournament, and fabulous music by local artists including local favorites Out ‘n’ the Cold! Through donation jars, raffles, and more, funds were raised to support treatment services for local child abuse victims. A huge thank-you to Walton and Ginger Morris for hosting this fantastic event to support Kids First, and to Chet and Angela Morris for their work in helping to make it happen!

To see a photo gallery of pictures from the Morris Market event, click here:



Top photo: Cym Doggett and from Southern Regional CAC lead the team through an exercise.

Bottom photo: Law enforcement officers discuss their role on the team during an investigation.


Working Together for Child Victims: the Kids First Multidisciplinary Team

In order to provide the best possible services to child victims, Kids First utilizes a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach. The MDT is made up of representatives from Social Services, law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, and representatives from Kids First for therapy, forensic interviewing, and medical services. The team meets monthly or more as necessary to review cases and ensure that every child is receiving the attention and services they need.

Recently, the MDT held a day-long in-service session training day. Cym Doggett from Southern Regional Child Advocacy Centers led the team through multiple exercises to discuss how to work more efficiently, including walking through a practice case to fully understand what each member of the team brings to the table during an investigation of child abuse. Our MDT is stronger and more cohesive than ever, and will continue to be at the core of the work we do here at Kids First.


TCOM Goes Above & Beyond for Kids First!

The next time you see a TCOM blimp hovering over Elizabeth City, remember that the TCOM employees are not only experts in the field of airship manufacturing, but also generous supporters of our community. The TCOM employees hold monthly luncheons, and all proceeds from these lunches go to local non-profits. Kids First is extremely fortunate to have been chosen as a recipient of these funds, and would like to thank every individual at TCOM for supporting our services: you truly fly above and beyond for children!


       Mamie Hoffer Surprises Kids First Once Again!

       While of course all donations are appreciated, perhaps the most special kind of giving   

       are the “surprise,” unsolicited generosities of our supporters. Over and over again,

       Mamie Hoffer has fallen into this category. Out of the blue, Kids First received a phone

       call that Mamie had applied for, and won, a grant for Kids First through Walmart. Such a

       fabulous surprise! A huge supporter of Kids First through many years, Kids First feels

       lucky to call Mamie a friend.

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