Evergreen Foundation provides grant to KARE, INC.

Jul 29, 2013

The Evergreen Foundation in Waynesville has committed to providing funding for the child medical evaluation program offered by the Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (KARE).

The medical evaluations are available to child victims of abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. KARE provides critical crisis intervention services to the victim and the non-offending parents by providing a home-like, non-threatening environment for the child to enter when faced with completing an interview and evaluation following abuse.

Since 1991, KARE, Inc. has been assisting and supporting child victims in the Haywood County area. As one of the state’s counties with the highest incidence of child abuse and child sexual abuse, KARE was organized to strive toward ending these abuses through advocacy, education and support.

The Evergreen Foundation’s funding supports KARE and its ability to ensure the physical and mental well-being of children up to 18 years old. Part of a child abuse investigation, the child medical evaluation has been a missing component to the services KARE could provide.

Established in 1976, this program is a cooperative effort of the UNC School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics, the N.C. State Division of Social Services, the N.C. Legislature, local Departments of Social Services, and local medical and mental health providers.

The Evergreen Foundation’s award of $15,000 will allow purchase of the necessary equipment, training and resources for the medical provider.

For more information on child abuse, child abuse prevention training opportunities, or for support during a child abuse investigation please call KARE at (828) 456-8995.