Who We Are
Following the tragic deaths of four children in 1997 as a result of severe maltreatment and abuse, the Rowan County community decided that something had to be done.
The Terrie Hess Child Advocacy Center, originally named Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, began as a grassroots organization following the first Child Abuse Prevention Walk held in late 1997.
Kimber Mork, a concerned and dedicated social worker, was responsible for organizing the walk. As a result of her efforts, and in collaboration with other concerned citizens, The CAC incorporated in May 2000, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In 2022, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan and the Terrie Hess House became the Terrie Hess Child Advocacy Center.
Rowan County Citizens Form a Network
This initial group of dedicated individuals from various disciplines sought to end child abuse in Rowan County by building a citizen-based network to organize child abuse prevention and education efforts and advocate on behalf of Rowan County’s children. Terrie Hess CAC continued this work for many years until several social workers and law enforcement officers in the county determined that more needed to be done to support the children who have already suffered from abuse.
We Become Nationally Recognized
The Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center (CAC) opened its doors in March 2005. The CAC is named in memory of Terrie Spencer Hess, who was a local guardian ad-litem instrumental in getting the CAC off the ground prior to her passing. The CAC is based upon a nationally recognized model for responding to allegations of child physical and sexual abuse. The CAC was accredited by National Children’s Alliance in 2012 as a best-practice model for child advocacy centers.
Stopping Abuse, Educating Caregivers
Terrie Hess CAC’s goal continues to be the prevention of child abuse, and two specific programs help achieve that. In 2014, the CAC started the Stop-Go-Tell program, which provides in-school, educational sessions for first- and fifth-graders to teach them how to avoid abuse. In 2016, the CAC began to provide parenting education to help caregivers be more calm, consistent, and supportive, and to learn ways to help keep their children safe. Terrie Hess CAC continues to work hard to support Rowan County children and their caregivers.
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Board of Directors
Leaders, parents, and professionals of Rowan County dedicated to ending child abuse.
Physician Assistant, Salisbury Pediatrics
Community Relations Specialist, Novant Health
Carol Ann Houpe
Administrator for Student & Family Health, Rowan-Salisbury Schools
Operations Division Captain, Salisbury Police Department
Director of Nursing Program, Catawba College
The Forum, Owner
Marketing & Communications Mgr., Rowan EDC
District Attorney, Rowan County
Philanthropy Coordinator, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation
Retired Community Relations Officer, Salisbury Police Department
Chief of Police, Salisbury Police Department
How and Where to Report Abuse
Please do not send emails or leave voicemails with reports of child abuse. Immediately contact the Rowan County Department of Social Services at 704-216-8499 or call 911 afterhours. Thank you.
If you suspect a child is being abused, it is vital that you make a report to the Department of Social Services immediately. It is not important that you have absolute proof. Make the call, express your concerns, and let the professionals ensure the safety of that child.
Make a report by calling Rowan County Department of Social Services at 704-216-8499. Press 1 to connect with intake.
General Contact Information
- 130 Woodson Street, Salisbury NC 28144
- email@example.com Do Not Email Reports of Child Abuse, Please Call 704-216-8499
Hours of Operation
- Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm
- Friday: 8am – 12pm
- Saturday – Sunday: Closed
These messages are not checked daily. A phone call to 704-639-1700 is the best way to contact us.
We are not currently accepting applications