Welcome to the TEDI BEAR Children's Advocacy Center web site. Our name stands for Tender Evaluation, Diagnosis and Intervention for a BEtter Abuse Response. The center is a partnership between the Department of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center located in Greenville, NC.
We are an accredited member of the National Children's Alliance and a member of the Children's Advocacy Centers of North Carolina. We are also one of nearly 800 children's advocacy centers across the country serving who are, or may have been, victims of child abuse or neglect.
TEDI BEAR Children's Advocacy Center serves alleged victims up to the age of eighteen. 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. All services are provided with the focus on the child.
TEDI BEAR was founded in 1992, and is a subspecialty clinic within the Department of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. ECU is the third largest public university in the State of North Carolina. The Brody School of Medicine, together with Vidant Medical Center, supports TEDI BEAR CAC, with assistance from major grant funding by the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission, the Vidant Health Foundation, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and the National Children's Alliance. Also, donations from civic organizations, including Women for Women, and individual benefactors provide critical support for TEDI BEAR.
TEDI BEAR's staff consists of pediatricians, physician extenders, social workers, child life specialists, therapists, community educators, a multi-disciplinary team coordinator, and office support staff. Each year TEDI BEAR cares for more than 600 children from 29 counties in eastern North Carolina. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, coordinated child-centered services, education and outreach by specially trained experts in the the field of child abuse in order to ensure child safety.TEDI BEAR is the largest of North Carolina's children's advocacy centers, and is accredited to provide a full spectrum of assessment, treatment, education, and prevention.
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