Through education, outreach and awareness we can protect our children and prevent child abuse in Southwest Michigan. Find out how you can take part in our prevention efforts!
Prevention education for adults.
Protecting children from sexual abuse is the responsibility of adults who are emotionally and intellectually equipped to prevent this tragedy.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan offers several different prevention training for adults, including:
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Arrange a presentation at your organization, or at the CAC, to overview our services and staff responsibilities. Learn how we work with a multidisciplinary team to reduce trauma to victims of abuse and help families coordinate services. Tours of our facility can also be arranged.
Created by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, this training is for individuals who are considered Mandated Reporters based on their field of work. This training will overview different types of child abuse and how to properly make a report to Michigan Centralized Intake based on our state laws and obligations.
Not sure if you’re a mandated reporter?
Look here to find a list of mandated reporters in the state of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_7119_50648_44443-157836–,00.html
Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children
As authorized facilitators, we are able to offer organizations an in-depth look at the facts surrounding child sexual abuse, recognizing the signs and symptoms, and how to react responsibly to a child who has been victimized. This two-hour training provides the following five preventive steps for parents and other adults concerned with child safety. This program is also available in Spanish. (Este programa también está disponible en español.)
(2 hours of continuing education credits may be available for certain professions)
We are also happy to customize training to fit the needs of your group or organization. Please call or email to arrange one of the above training or to discuss other options.
Contact the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan
You can help.
You can donate to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center or the development of our facility. You can bring items to us from our wish list. You can advocate or volunteer for the CAC’s programs. You can encourage your school or other organizations involved with children to adopt strong policies and training programs that will heighten awareness among responsible adults.
And you can immediately report any suspected incidence of child sexual abuse or neglect based on your observations that something is wrong.
Thank you to our sponsors.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan would like to recognize the gracious contributions of the following organizations and foundations that have helped fund our program: