Voices for Children Advocacy Center

Voices  for Children Advocacy Center We are dedicated to serving the victims and families of child abuse in and enhancing the lives of all children through treatment, education & advocacy.
Our center serves as a voice and an advocate for children throughout Flint and Genesee County. Our center is the result of a merger of Weiss Child Advocacy Center and Priority Children. Voices for Children Advocacy Center will focus on (1) child victims of child abuse and neglect and their families (including human trafficking), (2) prevention services for children in Genesee County, and (3) advocating for the well-being of the child.
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The Weiss Advocacy Center is a merged 501 (c) (3) organization that brought together two well-established and highly respected child welfare agencies in Genesee County: the Consortium on Child Abuse and Neglect (C/CAN), and the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). C/CAN was established in 1974 to advocate against child abuse and neglect. During the last thirty-five years C/CAN has established a variety of education and prevention programs for the community to help change the child welfare system and prevent abuse. The Child Advocacy Center was established to provide a place for children to tell their stories in a safe, friendly environment, with a single adult who can compassionately listen, examine, and ask the necessary questions.

Mission: Voices for Children Advocacy Center is dedicated to serving the child victims and families of child abuse in Genesee County and enhancing the lives of all children through treatment, education and by increasing community awareness

05/13/2019
Emily Manley

When you see something is not right speak up and do what’s right like this waitress who saved this child.

A waitress at Olive Garden in Paducah noticed something wasn't right about a party of four inside the restaurant. She took to social media and her Facebook friend and Metropolis dispatcher jumped into action which led police to arresting two adults for child abuse.

Read the full story here ----- > http://www.wsiltv.com/story/40082833/facebook-post-leads-to-child-abuse-arrests

Check out our 2019 Spring Newsletter to stay up to date on new projects, learn more about child abuse prevention, and mo...
05/06/2019
Spring Newsletter

Check out our 2019 Spring Newsletter to stay up to date on new projects, learn more about child abuse prevention, and more. Thank you for making April's Child Abuse Awareness Month a success!

04/30/2019
Another beautiful chalk wall quote from the amazing kids we see at the Center! #VoicesOfResilience
04/30/2019

Another beautiful chalk wall quote from the amazing kids we see at the Center! #VoicesOfResilience

This group of Superhero’s won our Group category of our Superhero Run costume contest. Enjoy your time at Flint Childr...
04/29/2019

This group of Superhero’s won our Group category of our Superhero Run costume contest. Enjoy your time at Flint Children's Museum!

Congratulations to our Super Tooth Fairies for winning the Business/Organization category of our Superhero Run costume c...
04/29/2019

Congratulations to our Super Tooth Fairies for winning the Business/Organization category of our Superhero Run costume contest! I’m sure you will have lots of fun at Spymaker escape rooms!

We would like to introduce you to our adult Superhero Run costume contest winner! Thank you Complete Runner for his awes...
04/29/2019

We would like to introduce you to our adult Superhero Run costume contest winner! Thank you Complete Runner for his awesome prize!

Congratulations to the Youth winner from our Superhero costume contest and thanks to Complete Runner for her wonderful p...
04/29/2019

Congratulations to the Youth winner from our Superhero costume contest and thanks to Complete Runner for her wonderful prize!

45 minutes left to vote in our costume contest! Good luck!!!
04/28/2019

45 minutes left to vote in our costume contest! Good luck!!!

Vote for your favorite superhero by liking their picture!
Update: Thank you for voting. Voting is now closed. The winners will be announced tomorrow!

04/27/2019
Vote for your favorite superhero by liking their picture!Update: Thank you for voting.  Voting is now closed. The winner...
04/27/2019

Vote for your favorite superhero by liking their picture!
Update: Thank you for voting. Voting is now closed. The winners will be announced tomorrow!

Now available to rent
04/26/2019
Christina

Now available to rent

Worth the wait!!
Rent it here!

Bring your child to work day!! These girls are busy getting the medals ready for Saturday! There are still some spots op...
04/25/2019

Bring your child to work day!! These girls are busy getting the medals ready for Saturday! There are still some spots open for registration, get to www.flintsuperhero.run to save your spot!! Superhero 5K Race & 1K Fun Run

04/22/2019
04/22/2019
Voices for Children shares in celebrating Whaley Children's Center’s CEO Mindy Prusa induction in to the Zonta Club of...
04/19/2019

Voices for Children shares in celebrating Whaley Children's Center’s CEO Mindy Prusa induction in to the Zonta Club of Flint Hall of Fame. Mindy is dedicated to helping children and has spent her entire career ensuring children are safe and loved. Thank you Mindy for all you for children.

We are so honored to have such an amazing and inspirational woman leading our organization. This week, our President and CEO, Mindy, was awarded the honor of becoming part of the Genesee County Women’s Hall of Fame presented by Zonta Club of Flint. We are so proud of her and we know this is just the start of all of the wonderful things she’s is going to do for children and families in Genesee County.

Genesee County's Family  Friendly Superhero Race... Get registered today. Saturday, April 27, 2019Flint Farmer’s Marke...
04/17/2019
- Superhero Run

Genesee County's Family Friendly Superhero Race... Get registered today.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Flint Farmer’s Market
300 East First Street, Flint, Michigan
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

If you haven't registered yet, be sure to head over to www.flintsuperhero.run and sign up today! All proceeds benefit Voices for Children Advocacy Center

Superhero Run Flint Super Hero Run & Walk

Hey guys! Do you think I should wear the same outfit to the superhero run this year or change it up? Don’t forget to v...
04/17/2019

Hey guys! Do you think I should wear the same outfit to the superhero run this year or change it up? Don’t forget to vote below for my costume and register for our Superhero run, April 27! We added a costume contest this year...Hopefully you can beat me in the contest!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XN-c6KEWhogA-ZfpcPK_uFmYJhFs4Azcy2aHZ0Kaa3w/edit?fbclid=IwAR3i71sKFH2jek6edwryU-6Mqf8Wlk7J43LWSHqgBg3c8mzZIfg4gmmc8ow

Hey guys! Do you think I should wear the same outfit to the superhero run this year or change it up? Don’t forget to vote below for my costume and register for our Superhero run, April 27! We added a costume contest this year...Hopefully you can beat me in the contest!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XN-c6KEWhogA-ZfpcPK_uFmYJhFs4Azcy2aHZ0Kaa3w/edit?fbclid=IwAR3i71sKFH2jek6edwryU-6Mqf8Wlk7J43LWSHqgBg3c8mzZIfg4gmmc8ow

A HUGE 'thank you' to University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint for sending volunteers to help clean up ou...
04/15/2019

A HUGE 'thank you' to University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint for sending volunteers to help clean up our garage and grounds for their Service Saturday! It all looks amazing!

Are you wearing your blue today? We are wearing ours and took the pledge to keep kids safe! Let us see your pictures of ...
04/12/2019

Are you wearing your blue today? We are wearing ours and took the pledge to keep kids safe! Let us see your pictures of you in blue in support of Child Abuse Prevention month!
Deputy Daphne #PaintDowntownBlue2019 #POTB2019 #SpeakUp810 #CAPmonth #ChildAbusePreventionMonth

Thank you Ann Pierret and ABC12: Your Trusted Source! WJRT-TV for sharing the great work our Child and Family Therapist ...
04/12/2019
Ann Pierret

Thank you Ann Pierret and ABC12: Your Trusted Source! WJRT-TV for sharing the great work our Child and Family Therapist is doing to help children find their voice.

HELPING KIDS FIND THEIR VOICE -- Voices for Children is helping empower kids who have been physically & sexually abused in our community -- connecting them to the #Nassar survivor's stories

See you at ELGA Credit Union Downtown Flint prevention partners!
04/12/2019

See you at ELGA Credit Union Downtown Flint prevention partners!

We will be rallying up inside the brand new ELGA Credit Union this morning due to weather! See you soon! Downtown Flint location.

Share this information with children in your network.  We have to make sure children know there’s help available.
04/12/2019

Share this information with children in your network. We have to make sure children know there’s help available.

When you're ready to talk, text or call 1-800-422-4453.
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is available 24/7 and is always confidential. #ChildhelpImpact #EndChildAbuse

Know the products that you are registering for or purchasing for your children. 10 infant deaths have occurred since 201...
04/09/2019
Safe Sleep Coalition of Genesee County

Know the products that you are registering for or purchasing for your children. 10 infant deaths have occurred since 2015 due to the child rolling over in the 'rock and play'.

To search a product, visit www.cpsc.gov.
To learn the rules of safe sleep, visit www.michigan.gov/safesleep and follow the Safe Sleep Coalition of Genesee County.

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price warn consumers about the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play due to reports of death when infants roll over in the product. According to medical literature, infants typically begin rollover behaviors at 3 months. The CPSC is aware of 10 infant deaths in the Rock ‘n Play that have occurred since 2015, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained. All 10 infants were 3 months or older. "

Click the link to continue reading.

Remember, just because something is labeled a 'sleeper' does not mean that it is safe for sleep. Babies need to be placed on their backs in a stationary sleep environment with a firm matress, tight-fitting sheet, with no blankets or pillows.

www.michigan.gov/safesleep

So grateful for our beautiful Deputy Daphne who helps kids get justice!
04/05/2019
ABC12: Your Trusted Source! WJRT-TV

So grateful for our beautiful Deputy Daphne who helps kids get justice!

A jury found Percy Lee Ousley of Flint guilty of several felonies related to the sexual assault of a 10 year old girl.

Paint Our Town Blue
04/05/2019

Paint Our Town Blue

Want to appreciate your child especially this Child Abuse Prevention Month, but don't have any practical ideas for how? Here are some ways that you can bring awareness as a family and show your children that they are loved and appreciated.

#SpeakUp810 #CAPMonth2019 #PaintDowntownBlue2019 #childappreciation

Day 29, Pizza Recipe: Ingredients:
English Muffins or Mini Pizza Crusts
Pizza Sauce
Shredded Mozzarella
Pizza Toppings (pineapple, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green pepper, or other preferred toppings)
Instructions:
Place English muffins or mini-pizza crusts on a cookie sheet.
Put all ingredients in separate bowls.
Let your child put their own ingredients on the muffins starting with the pizza sauce.
Bake and serve.

Day 21, Finger paint: Ingredients:
½ cup plain flour
2 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
Food coloring or tempera paint powder
1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid- optional
Small sealable containers

Instructions:

Add flour and salt to saucepan and slowly add water, mixing with a whisk until all combined. Heat over medium heat, stirring with whisk to prevent lumps. Once mixture has thickened and is smooth remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, mix in the dishwashing liquid – optional. It will give the paint a smoother consistency and a glossy finish when dry. Separate into small containers and color with small amounts of either food coloring or tempera powder. If using tempera add a little water to combine. Store leftover paint in the refrigerator for a few days.

Paint Our Town Blue
04/03/2019

Paint Our Town Blue

April was first declared “Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month)” by presidential proclamation in 1985. Since then, CAP month has been used as a catalyst for promoting the notion that all children deserve great childhoods. We use this special time each year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child maltreatment and to ensure that all children are raised in loving and supportive environments.

#CAPmonth #PaintDowntownBlue2019 #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #SpeakUp810

- Superhero Run
04/02/2019
- Superhero Run

- Superhero Run

Superhero Run Flint Super Hero Run & Walk

It is officially Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are ready with our blue attire and pinwheels over here! Show us you...
04/01/2019

It is officially Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are ready with our blue attire and pinwheels over here!
Show us your pinwheels!

#paintdowntownblue #paintourtownblue2019 #CAPmonth #childabusepreventionmonth #speakup810 #preventionpartners #flint

April is here! Happy Child Abuse Prevention Month! Show us your pinwheel gardens!

#paintourtownblue #paintdowntownblue2019 #childabusepreventionmonth #CAPmonth #speakup810

Congratulations...to our friends at Pure Bliss Salon & Spa on winning the 2019 Hometown Hero award.  We are so grateful ...
03/22/2019

Congratulations...to our friends at Pure Bliss Salon & Spa on winning the 2019 Hometown Hero award. We are so grateful for the owners of Pure Bliss for all they do for the children at Voices for Children... You are heroes in our eyes everyday- you make our kids feel special and beautiful on their toughest days... #winners #preventionfighters

03/18/2019
Mott Children's Health Center

Mott Children's Health Center

Did you know we that recently hired two additional behavioral health providers at Mott Children's Health Center? Call us today at 810-767-5750 to check eligibility and schedule an appointment for your child's mental health needs

03/12/2019
Paint Our Town Blue

April is fast approaching! Order your t-shirts today and save the date for our 'Paint Downtown Blue Rally' on Friday, April 12 at 11:30am!

Hello Prevention Partners!

It's time to order yout Paint Our Town Blue Tshirts! Click the link below to get your order in by the end of this week!

https://squareup.com/store/weiss-child-advocacy-center

Below is the link to fill out your prevention partner order of pinwheels, both plastic for a pinwheel garden, and paper for selling at your business. These items are given to our partners at no cost.

https://goo.gl/forms/7VmSBVm8YXtO3Eex2

Finally, make sure you save the date for our 'Paint Downtown Blue Rally' on Friday, April 12th from 11:00-12:30. Be sure to keep an eye out for our facebook event for further details.

#SpeakUp810 #PaintDowntownBlue2019 #CAPmonth

Voices was honored and excited that Olmstead Associates was awarded an ADDY for their amazing work on our new logo!! We ...
03/11/2019

Voices was honored and excited that Olmstead Associates was awarded an ADDY for their amazing work on our new logo!! We think it's award worthy too!! Congrats Olmsted Associates, Inc. and thank you!

So grateful to everyone who joined us for Children’s Champion Breakfast this year.  Save the Date for the 25th Childre...
03/10/2019
My City Magazine

So grateful to everyone who joined us for Children’s Champion Breakfast this year. Save the Date for the 25th Children’s Champion Breakfast February 7, 2020.

These citizens do great work advocating for the city's children. Thanks for all who attended this year's Children's Champions Breakfast.

Congratulations to our board member Angie Hendershot! 💜💜💜
03/08/2019

Congratulations to our board member Angie Hendershot! 💜💜💜

CONGRATULATIONS to the BEST anchor in all of Mid-Michigan!

Today we had a great conversation with local child focused agencies about working collaboratively together for children....
03/08/2019

Today we had a great conversation with local child focused agencies about working collaboratively together for children. Amazing work is being done in Genesee County for children! Thank you The Hagerman Foundation for hosting and providing breakfast.

“Together we can work to provide essential resources to the children we serve thereby building a resilient community to combat ACE” Claudnyse, Executive Director, Voices for Children. Collaborating at it’s best this morning!

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Deputy Daphne.
03/05/2019

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Deputy Daphne.

Celebrated my 3rd Birthday over the weekend! Had a great day and am continuing it all week with my lovely coworkers! ❤️

Some more inspiration from our chalk wall! These kids are AWESOME! #VoicesOfResilience
02/28/2019

Some more inspiration from our chalk wall! These kids are AWESOME! #VoicesOfResilience

Voices for Children was honored to wear blue today for London and to "Be the reason someone smiles"! We hope our friends...
02/27/2019

Voices for Children was honored to wear blue today for London and to "Be the reason someone smiles"! We hope our friends at CPS enjoyed the cupcakes and that you continue the kindness! Even Deputy Daphne had her blue on today!
#LondonStrong💙 #LondonStrongFoundation

Don't forget that our Human Trafficking Awareness Luncheon was rescheduled for tomorrow! No RSVP necessary. See you ther...
02/20/2019

Don't forget that our Human Trafficking Awareness Luncheon was rescheduled for tomorrow! No RSVP necessary. See you there!

Therapy Shoppe
02/17/2019

Therapy Shoppe

Voices for Children was so excited to have a Blueberry Ambassador stop by the Center with some great donations!! Thank y...
02/13/2019

Voices for Children was so excited to have a Blueberry Ambassador stop by the Center with some great donations!! Thank you Harper and we will continue the kindness! It's so inspiring to see young ladies like you making a difference for other kids!

Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan
02/12/2019
Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan

Children's Advocacy Centers of Michigan

Before Governor Snyder left office, he signed legislation that gives judges the ability to admit evidence and stiffen prison terms when trying sexual assault and child pornography cases. The legislation also expand who is able to give a victim impact statement.

These laws are inspired by the brave women who chose to stand united against Larry Nassar.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/17/michigan-governor-signs-more-bills-inspired-by-nas/

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515 S East St
Flint, MI
48503

General information

Our Center works in conjunction with many other entities such as law enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services. The organization has a direct impact on society’s ability to prosecute and punish child abusers. Local law enforcement representatives say that the current system improves chances of conviction by at least 50%. The Center saves children’s lives. Although the system continually tries to protect them, children do literally die of abuse and neglect. However, life for an abused child can be a fate almost worse than death. Children who are shuttled from one home to another, separated from parents and siblings, lost in the child welfare maze, do not become healthy, well-adjusted, well-educated and successful adults. Instead, they have a disturbingly high incidence of depression, suicide, unwanted pregnancy, unemployment, and welfare dependence. Ultimately, many of them repeat the cycle and abuse their own children because they have never known anything different. The Center throws a monkey wrench into that cycle of abuse. Their caring and compassionate intervention can stabilize children long enough for them to begin healing. They can truly help victims of child abuse become children again. In the process, their support helps parents learn new patterns of behavior, and new ways to cope with the frustrations that are often a precursor to abuse.

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