child abuse

6:17 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Berrien County Non-Profit Seeks Funding for Services to Abused Children

Expanding Children's Assessment Center's current building will cost about $1-million
Abused children ideally are not subjected to unnecessary stress by having to tell officials their stories over and over. That is why the Children's Assessment Center was started in 2002 by the Berrien County Council for Children, a nonprofit organization.
6:19 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

High child abuse, neglect rates in Michigan

Child abuse and neglect in Michigan is more than 50 percent higher than the national average.
The number of abused and neglected Michigan children rose in recent years, during a period when state spending on abuse and neglect prevention plummeted. The state's rate of abuse and neglect, below the national average as recently as 2006, is now more than 50 percent higher than the national rate.
1:39 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Blue-ribboned trees fight child abuse

"Blue Ribbon Tree" in downtown Kalamazoo
Credit Stella Chivikas / KCAN

The annual “Blue Ribbon Tree” campaign to fight child abuse and neglect in Kalamazoo County gets underway this week. It’s sponsored by the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.

The Council’s Executive Director Karen Hayter says child abuse and neglect is a growing problem in the Kalamazoo area. She says the number of confirmed cases in the county has more than doubled since 2005. Hayter says more than 4,000 cases of abuse and neglect were reported to Child Protective Services in 2011 alone.

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