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The Brain Game is Back!

logo-verticalTeams are forming for The Brain Game! Join CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region for an evening of trivia fun that will test your pop culture, sports, music, history, and geography knowledge.

Flex your mental muscles and outguess the competition Tuesday, October 25th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge. Invite family and friends to cheer you on as you vie for the championship.

All trivia players and cheering section attendees will enjoy a Frankenmuth chicken dinner. Event proceeds support CAN’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CASAs are highly-trained volunteers serving as the voice for children who are in the system due to abuse or neglect.

Register an individual trivia player for $30, a half-team of (4) people for $120, or a team of (8) people for $240. Cheering section tickets are available for $25.

Join the game or sponsor the event by calling Delores at (989) 752-7226. Register your team online today!

Phone Number to Report Abuse: 1-855-444-3911

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Do you think a child has been abused? Make a report today. Call 1-855-444-3911. Calls are answered every day, all year.

Saginaw County Community Baby Academy 2015

baby_academy_2015-02Having a baby? Caring for a child under 1? Baby Academy is for you!

Register today and plan to come out to Stone Elementary School on State St. in Saginaw from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. For $3, you’ll learn more about topics that interest you as a parent. You’ll receive lunch and a chance to win a valuable door prize.

You must register to attend. Call Vera at (989) 752-7226 for more details, to register, or learn of special pricing for childcare professionals.

Hot Cars Kill

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Children easily overheat when left in a warm car. Follow these tips and keep your child safe this summer.

Never leave children alone in a car. It’s not safe even if the windows are open or the air conditioner is on.

Make sure everyone gets out of the car after it is parked. Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, purse or work bag in the back seat to remind you to get your child out.

Do not let your children play in your car. Always lock car doors and trunks. Keep keys out of children’s reach.

If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911. If the child seems to be sick, get him out as quickly as possible, try to cool him, and then call 911.

For more information, visit Parents Central.

Moms: Give Yourself the Gift of Time

web-istockkidsthumbsupmedium1Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, grandmas, aunts and foster mothers! Your job is a tough one. You deserve to take some time this Mother’s Day to do something just for you!

As a mom, you can easily forget how important it is to take care of yourself. You get caught up caring for your family, home and job. But doing something just for you will make you feel refreshed and give you more energy to be with your child.

Here are some ways to fit “you time” into your day:

  • — Use your lunch hour to take a walk, read or catch up with a friend.
  • — Hire a baby sitter or swap baby sitting with a friend.
  • — Alternate time off with your parenting partner so you both will benefit from time to yourselves.
  • — Get up earlier or go to bed later than the rest of the family.

The best Mother’s Day gift you can give yourself is time for just you. Make it a habit, and you’ll be ready to meet the constant needs of your child.

Really BE There

web-istockkidsthumbsupmedium1Would you like to improve your relationship with your child in 2013?

The next time your child starts to talk to you, stop whatever else it is you’re doing. Put aside any distraction, and bring yourself down to your child’s eye level. Look him in the eye and give him a loving touch on the arm or back. Be totally focused on him and listen. What has he come to you for? Maybe he has a problem to talk about or a game he wants to play. Listen to the problem, or take some time to play with him.

Parents live with many distractions, and it’s impossible to always stop and just BE with your child. Try taking the time to practice this exercise a couple times each day. See how good it makes both you and your child feel!

Media Release: ANNUAL FREELAND LIGHTS SHOW BENEFITS CAN COUNCIL FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Delores Gale, Development Director
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
dgale@cancouncil.org

ANNUAL FREELAND LIGHTS SHOW BENEFITS
CAN COUNCIL FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

85,000 Christmas Lights Synchronized to Music On Display

SAGINAW, MI - December 11, 2012: Gary Shepard’s annual display of 85,000 Christmas lights is ready for viewing from 5:30 - 10:00 pm each night until December 31st. Visit 7320 W. Freeland Rd., tune your car’s radio to 93.9 FM, and enjoy the show from the warmth of your car! For the fifth consecutive year, Mr. Shepard will be collecting spectator donations for the CAN Council.

Daily shows start at 5:30 pm, and the last show starts at 10:00 pm. Early evening shows start every quarter hour and last about 12 minutes. Shows beginning at 9:00 pm last about 22 minutes and include additional songs.

While visitors were enjoying last year’s display, Mr. Shepard was busy developing this year’s. It’s a hobby that he’s had since childhood. Mr. Shepard explains: “Decorating with lights started at an early age, at around 7 years old, when Santa delivered 5 strings of GE ‘Merry Midget’ lights.” He began setting the blink of the lights to music in 2005 and collecting donations from visitors in 2008. He’s given them each year to the CAN Council.

From 2008-2011, Mr. Shepard’s Freeland Lights Show has raised $21,482.70 for CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.

Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO of CAN Council says, “What an amazing way to make a difference - bringing families together during the holidays to simply enjoy the sights, the sounds & the company. Mr. Shepard’s generosity to the community is truly remarkable and his holiday gift to CAN makes an impact throughout the year.”

Note: Take a peek at the Freeland Lights Show: visit Gary Shepard’s website or youtube.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through its nationally-accredited and award-winning education, awareness, intervention and advocacy programs. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 32 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

What does an abused or neglected child “look” like?

boy-one-tear-mediumRecognizing a child has been abused or neglected isn’t simple. Sometimes you will detect a change in the child’s behavior or you may even notice bruising or welts. For many children, it isn’t so easy to tell that they are living in an abusive or neglectful situation. For these kids, you may just “feel” like something’s not right.

A child who has been abused or neglected may:

– have sudden or extreme mood swings. The child might have rage, fear or anger that doesn’t make sense to you, or may cry excessively.

– have an unusual avoidance of certain people, places, or activities.

– behave like a much younger child.

– have a loss of appetite or interest in activities she used to enjoy.

– “space out” at odd times.

– cut or burn self as a teenager or a pre-teen.

– be dirty or unwashed.

– be afraid to go home.

– have medical problems that aren’t being cared for.

– rarely attend school or sleep during class.

– beg for, steal or hoard food.

– know too much about sex or have an interest in it that seems odd for her age.

– have unusual or aggressive sexual play with toys or other children.

Always believe a child who tells you he’s been abused - sexually or physically.

Always trust your gut. If you think a child has been hurt or is at-risk, call Children’s Protective Services (CPS) at 1-855-444-3911. Let CPS know you think something is wrong, and let them investigate. You can make the call anonymously. And, if you think a child is in danger of being abused right now, call 911. If YOU don’t make the call to get help for a child you think may be abused or neglected, who will?

Infant Safe Sleep

sids_baby_in_cribLower the risk of SIDS by placing babies 1 year and younger on their backs to sleep. Check-out the list below to see what else you can do to ensure your baby sleeps safely:

— Dress your baby in lightweight sleep clothing to avoid overheating. Keep the room at a temperature   comfortable for an adult.
— Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as a crib mattress covered by a fitted sheet.
— Keep your baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep.
— Keep loose pillows, blankets, quilts, soft crib bumpers, and toys out of your baby’s sleep area.
— Do not allow smoking around your baby.
— Use a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down to sleep.
— Provide “tummy time” when your baby is awake and someone is watching.

Make sure anyone caring for your baby follows these suggestions each time your baby is laid down for a nap or to sleep overnight.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Attention CASAs: Michigan CASA Conference Set for November 2 & 3, 2012

casa_v_r_redblueThe Michigan Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 2012 Annual Conference will take place November 2 & 3 at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Register today and earn training hours with fellow CASAs from around the state!

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Henry, co-founder and project director of Western Michigan University’s Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, has a professional history that includes over 17 years as a child welfare/protective services worker, and over 10 years developing and providing trauma-informed instruction for the social work curriculum at WMU.

As the Superintendent of Michigan’s Children’s Institute, Bill Johnson is appointed as legal guardian for children committed to MCI after parental rights have been terminated.

Conference Pricing:

$100 for both days or $60 for one day