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Children Trust Michigan is raising awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month

Activities and events across the state led to the April 23 rally at the Capitol

NEWS RELEASE
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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LANSING – Children Trust Michigan recognizes the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect with a month of activities culminating in a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at the State Capitol.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Activities and initiatives planned throughout the month will center on Prevent Child Abuse America’s symbolic blue and silver pinwheel, which serves as a visual representation that everyone plays a role in providing children with a bright future. Participants were asked to share information on social media, using the hashtags #CAPMonth2024, #MIWearsBlue and #StrengtheningFamilies.

Children Trust Michigan, housed within MDHHS, was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1982. It serves as a voice for Michigan’s children and families and promotes their health, safety and well-being by funding effective local programs and services that prevent child abuse and neglect.

“Our department is committed to improving the safety and well-being of children in Michigan, as outlined in our Keep Kids Safe Action Agenda,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “We are working with legislators, law enforcement, judges and other leaders of the child welfare system to do everything we can to make Michigan the safest place in America to raise children and feed families.”

“Preventing child abuse is a community responsibility and Michigan is committed to ensuring that all children grow up safe, healthy, educated and prepared to reach their full potential,” said Suzanne Greenberg, executive director of Children Trust Michigan .

“The blue and silver pinwheels displayed in April and throughout the year symbolize the health and happiness that all children deserve. We encourage everyone across the state to raise awareness this month about the impact of child abuse and neglect and to help us create a more stable environment and a better future for all children.”

Child Abuse Prevention Month concludes with the 16th annual Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day rally on the steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 23. Key speakers this year include Earl Major, board member of Children Trust Michigan, Senator Aric Nesbitt, Senator Kristen McDonald Rivet and Fatima Salman, president of the National Association of Social Workers.

Featured programs include Child & Family Services of Northeast Michigan, InvolvedDad, Inc. and Gratiot County Child Advocacy Association. Parent stories are shared by Ian Agee, Danni Franzoni and Julie Hunter. For information about Children Trust Michigan and Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit Childrentrustmichigan.org.

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