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Mission & History


The Parenting PATH exists to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect by strengthening families, enhancing parent/child relationships, and creating safer more stable communities.

Who We Are

The Exchange Club Center for Child Abuse Prevention of North Carolina, Inc. was founded in October of 1981, following a Forsyth County N.C. task force discussion on needed prevention services to deal with rapidly increasing reports of child abuse and neglect.

The Exchange Club of Greater Winston-Salem had proposed following the National Exchange Foundation's model of using parent aides (then known as lay therapists) to work in homes with families.

Core services of in home parent aides and community awareness were provided in the first year of operation. By 1983 both parent education services and support group services had been added.

As our services expanded we wanted to incorporate our positive, strengths based approach into our name. So in 2018, our name changed from Exchange/SCAN to The Parenting Path: Positive Actions, Thriving Homes.

What We Do

Kids are great. They deserve to be fed, sheltered, and clothed, to have the opportunity to grow to be safe with the people that they trust. Unfortunately for over 107,000 kids in North Carolina, this isn't the case. At The Parenting PATH, we're here to help.

The Parenting PATH provides a variety of programs to prevent and treat child abuse. Today 10 different services or support groups are used in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and over 1,100 families are served in 10 counties in northwest North Carolina.

Although some programs have a fee for service, the majority of services are free to the community. Our main office location is in Winston-Salem serving Forsyth and surrounding counties. A satellite office in Dobson serves our families and clients in Surry County. 

Note: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the Charitable Solicitation Licensing Section at 888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State.

Our Contributors

  • Modern
  • Allegacy
  • Kilpatrick
  • Brenners
  • McMinn Law Firm
  • Salem Senior
  • Piedmont Silver Eagles
  • RAI
  • Hanes Brands
  • East Coast Wings
  • PACU
  • Shugart Homes