Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island (Pawtucket, RI)


  • Name:Katherine Begin
  • Title:Executive Director


  • Organization Name:Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island
  • Address:500 Prospect Street
    Pawtucket, RI 02860
    United States

Work Phone

  • Main phone:401-728-7920
  • Main fax:401-724-5850

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  • Mission:
  • "To ensure the safety and well-being of children in Rhode Island through public awareness, community education and advocacy." Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island is a nonprofit organization that is chartered by Prevent Child Abuse America. Staff and volunteers continuously work to educate the general public about abuse and neglect issues with specific emphasis on prevention. Our prevention strategy is designed to mobilize the entire community: human services, child care, medical, child protective services, law enforcement, legislative, parents, media, and the business sector to partner to develop and institutionalize a comprehensive approach for raising public awareness of this public health issue; to increase the capacity for prevention programming; and to advocate for a change in public policy for child abuse prevention.

    A major focus of our work includes educating parents, professionals and paraprofessionals about parenting, child development, protective factors for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, indicators/mandated reporting and prevention strategies. We do this through workshops, conferences, public speaking, material distribution, and print media. Our latest service delivery statistics indicate that we are reaching more than 50,000 people annually on a face-to-face basis and an untold amount via visual imprint and auditory messages with our public awareness campaigns.

  • History:
  • The organization began in the late 1980's as a grassroots effort to prevent child maltreatment. A group of nurses, teachers and pediatricians began meeting in one home or another to talk about how to prevent abuse and neglect. Over time they formalized their work and became the RI Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In 1990 the National Committee became Prevent Child Abuse America and our chapter formally became a chartered chapter and was renamed Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island. Over the years the chapter has grown from a volunteer structure to a staff of 3 full time positions. In the last ten years the organization has become the primary "voice" for prevention in the state and is invited to participate in more than 25 community coalitions, task force groups and conferences dealing with children and families. In 2005 we became the state administrators for the national pilot of Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education and have since served more than 600 families by facilitating the growth of a Protective Factors Framework that research has proven to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect.

  • Year established:1980
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:3

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Cheryl Patnaude, LISCW - President
    James Burress, CPA - Treasurer
    Edward Keenaghan, LSW, retired - Secretary
    Susan Urso, ESQ. - Member
    Jametta Alston, Esq. - Member
    Nancy Herrington, retired social worker - Member
    John Reis, retired police lieutenant - Member
    Cathy Cunha, LPN - Member
    Caroline Halliwell - Member
    Peter Stipe - Member

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Katherine M. Begin, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Kimberly Ash, Program Coordinator
    Tracy Andryc, Executive Assistant/Marketing and Communications Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:36-3198125