The C.A.R.E. program was founded in 1993 by the Randolph County Sheriff's Office. It has always been largely supported by contributions from the community through the United Way. C.A.R.E. stands for Child Abuse Reduction Effort. It is a 12-week program taught to all 2nd-grade students in Randolph County and Asheboro City Schools as well as local private schools, by two specially trained Deputies. The program teaches 2nd graders that they are all super, fantastic and special and most importantly, they have the right to feel safe. C.A.R.E. teaches them to recognize child abuse and what to do if anyone makes them feel unsafe. The program also teaches children that they have the right to say "NO" and that they should TELL and that nothing is so terrible or so scary that they can't talk to a trusted adult.
The C.A.R.E. program has given many abused children in our county the courage to report child abuse, both physical and sexual. Many children have disclosed their abuse to their C.A.R.E. officer, these are the cases that might not have been reported otherwise.
If you have any questions or comments about the C.A.R.E. program, you may contact the Randolph County Sheriff's Office at 336-318-6699.