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


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

Maximize your gift! Every dollar goes further on May 5th.


On May 5th, 2015 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region is participating in the Give Local Bay fundraising event. Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization’s endowment fund through givelocalbay.org. The Bay Area Community Foundation is sponsoring this event as part of a nation-wide program called Give Local America, and our organization will benefit from incentive funds available for participating organizations. We hope you will consider supporting us on May 5th!

If you have any questions regarding the CAN Council Endowment Fund or Give Local Bay, please call our development specialist, Delores Gale, at (989) 752-7226.

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

New Number to Report Abuse: 855-444-3911

helpConcerned a child is being abused? Call 855-444-3911. This number will be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Department of Human Services has established this phone number for both Children’s Protective Services and Adult Protective Services complaints. Every complaint will be submitted to a supervisor for review and assigned to the appropriate county office if necessary.

Bay County prosecutor hopes dog will help young victims open up in court

DodgerMeet Dodger the newest member of the Bay County Prosecutor’s Office.  Dodger is a victims-advocate dog.  His role is to offer emotional support to abused and victimized children.  Dodger is a court buddy for kids.  He will meet with each child who is scheduled to testify in a preliminary examination.  If prosecutors feel it’s needed, they’ll petition to allow Dodger to accompany the child into the courtroom.  For the complete Bay City Times article regarding Dodger, please click.

Prevention Awareness Day

lansing-3Join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the State Capital in Lansing, to be a voice for Michigan’s children.  Take part in a rally, procession and planting of a pinwheel garden to show support for child abuse prevention programs in the area.  Join us at 11:00 am with others as a positive presence of support in the belief that child abuse and neglect can be prevented.  Bus transportation will be provided.   The bus will leave at 8:30 am from the CAN Council parking lot.  Lunch will be provided, courtesy of The Children’s Trust Fund.  Call Catherine Martinez at (989) 752-7226 to reserve your seat.

September 9th: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention Day

Babies feet in adult handsThe CAN Council is proud to be partnering with three other agencies (Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club and PAYS) along with United Way Saginaw County with the AmeriCorps program. Our two AmeriCorps members will be working on educating students across the county along with our Baby Think It Over program–they will focus on teaching students about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Drug Addiction as harmful outcomes for babies when drugs and alcohol are used during pregnancy.

September 9th has been proclaimed to be Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Prevention Day by the Governor.  –We are proud to be educating students about these dangers here in Saginaw County as “we are building a community where children are free from abuse and neglect”!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Vera Harrision our Education Coordinator or Ellen Hatcher our Child Abuse Prevention Education Director at 752-7226.

Congratulations Detective Worden and Oberle

The CAC is very proud to say that they work with some very dedicated and talented detectives who are passionate about the welfare alcpoliceawards004jpg-b393195fa3dbcde9_largeof children.  Two of the detectives that we work with were acknowledged by their departments as “Officer of the Year”.

In April Detective Mindy Worden, a detective from the Saginaw Township Police Department was honored at their policeman’s ball in April and Detective Ryan Oberle from the Saginaw Police Department was honored in May.  The CAN Council as a whole would like to congratulate these two detectives they are both very deserving of this award.

4Parents - Website for parents to get answers

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4Parents.gov is part of a national public education campaign to provide parents with the information, tools and skills they need to help their teens make healthy choices, including waiting until marriage to have sex.  4Parents.gov was written by the Office of Public Health and Science, with expert consultation, and in response to public comment.

Nothing is more important for a child, pre-teen, or teen than a caring parent.  If pre-teens and teens are going to make the choices that will help them grow up to be healthy adults, they need parents to talk with them about important topics like sex and relationships.  4parents.gov is meant to give parents the information and guidance they need for having these conversations.  Materials can be ordered on this site as well.

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4Parents.gov is sponsored by the Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Population

Affairs, and the Public Health Service. “Teen Chat,” and “Parents, Speak Up!” guides are the result of a collaborative effort between the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Population Affairs, Office of Public Health and Sciences.

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) Clearinghouse offers single and bulk copies of free educational materials on abstinence, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), and other reproductive health and family planning topics. Many of these materials are available in both English and Spanish. Some publications can also be downloaded and reproduced as needed.

Experience the Great Outdoors. . .

sprinklerReconnect Children with Nature

The CAN Council is pleased to be a part of the Saginaw community-wide initiative of organizations, businesses and individuals working to promote local programs and resources that will help children and families spend more time outdoors, a No Child Left Inside initiative. All children should have access, opportunities and encouragement to play outdoors and connect with nature for their physical, emotional and educational well being. Despite advances in public health and medicine, children are developing chronic health conditions, such as obesity and depression, earlier and more frequently than ever before. Research shows that the decline in children’s health is linked in part to their growing disconnect from nature and outdoor play.

Research shows that children who play outside:

■ Are healthier physically and mentally ■ Have more active creative imaginations

■ Are more cooperative with others ■ Are good problem solvers

■ Show fewer signs of obesity ■ Have higher self-esteem

■ Do better in school ■ Have improved attention spans and test scores

■ Are engaged in helping protect our natural resources and environment

For more information visit: www.childrenandnature.org or  No Child Left Inside Coalition

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