KCAN Kicks Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN – Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (KCAN) officially kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month on April 1, 2019 with a number of fundraising campaigns to help fund and expand their child abuse prevention programs.

Since 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to play an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect and taking positive action to promote child and family well-being.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in 2014 that approximately 646,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect with 1,580 children dying from abuse or neglect.

KCAN’s fundraising campaigns this year include:

  • Be a Lifesaver campaign takes place April 26-28, 2019 in which KCAN board members and volunteers will be stationed outside retail establishments throughout Kalamazoo County to hand out Lifesaver candies in return for donations from the public.
  • Blue pinwheels are the universal symbol of child abuse prevention. KCAN kicks off its Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in which it will sell blue pinwheel gardens to homes and businesses to plant outside to show their solidarity against child abuse and neglect in the community.
  • Online fundraising campaign to raise $2,000 throughout April. Donations can be made directly through KCAN’s secure website at www.kalamazooCAN.org.
  • Blue Sunday is April 28, a national child abuse prevention initiative that aims to inspire faith communities to take time during their morning service to pray for victims of child abuse. We ask local faith leaders to prayerfully consider taking a special collection to benefit KCAN on that day.

All donations raised will remain in the community and help fund and expand KCAN’s abuse prevention programs, including its Mandated Reporter training program which trains professionals who work regularly with children how to identify and report suspected child abuse, and its sexual abuse prevention program which educates young children how to appropriately respond to inappropriate touch.

“Child Abuse Prevention Month is such an important time in Kalamazoo County,” said KCAN Executive Director Sarah Joshi. “It’s a time when we can highlight the problem of child abuse and help the community understand how they can make a difference in the lives of local children.”

The Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect throughout Kalamazoo County.

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