TheTEDI BEAR Children's Advocacy Center serves children up to eighteen years old who are alleged victims of abuse and/or neglect. The center provides a child-friendly environment to help heal the trauma that typically accompanies abuse or neglect. TEDI BEAR also helps the parents or other caregivers of abused children, provided that the caregivers have not committed or contributed to the child's abuse. Alleged offenders are not permitted on the premises as all services are provided with the child remaining the focus during the visit.
TEDI BEAR began providing services in 1992. The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Vidant Health support the center, along with major funding by the Duke Endowment, the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission, Children's Miracle Network, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Vidant Medical Center Foundation, and National Children's Alliance. Significant donations from civic organizations and individual donors provide critical support to maintain the center.
TEDI BEAR's staff consists of pediatricians, physician extenders, social workers, child life specialists, therapists, community educators and office support staff. Each year TEDI BEAR cares for more 600 children from 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. Our goal is to provide child-centered and comprehensive services by specially trained experts in the field of child abuse in order to ensure child safety. TEDI BEAR is the largest of North Carolina's 24 children's advocacy centers, and is accredited by the National Children's Alliance to provide a full scope of assessment, treatment, education and prevention services.