Voices for Children Advocacy Center

Voices  for Children Advocacy Center We are dedicated to serving the child victims and families of child abuse in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties and enhancing the lives of all children through treatment, education, and by increasing community awareness.

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.

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.

Operating as usual

Finally, a huge thank you to @Genesee County Association of Chiefs of Police! Only through your leadership can we preser...
09/18/2021

Finally, a huge thank you to @Genesee County Association of Chiefs of Police! Only through your leadership can we preserve and protect the safety and happiness all children.
We appreciate your efforts to build a better tomorrow!

Finally, a huge thank you to @Genesee County Association of Chiefs of Police! Only through your leadership can we preserve and protect the safety and happiness all children.
We appreciate your efforts to build a better tomorrow!

Are you a member of the Edna Mode School of Superhero Fashion? Don't worry! Our capeless participants can shine in these...
09/18/2021

Are you a member of the Edna Mode School of Superhero Fashion? Don't worry! Our capeless participants can shine in these snazzy 2021 race shirts! Thanks ELGA Credit Union !

Are you a member of the Edna Mode School of Superhero Fashion? Don't worry! Our capeless participants can shine in these snazzy 2021 race shirts! Thanks ELGA Credit Union !

Who is out here assisting our participants as they go the extra mile for the children of Genesee and Shiawassee counties...
09/18/2021

Who is out here assisting our participants as they go the extra mile for the children of Genesee and Shiawassee counties?
Why, our Mile Marker sponsors of course!

Thank you to First Choice Heating and Cooling, Drs. Bobby and Nita Mukkamala, & MTA - Flint MI , all of whom care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our children. We appreciate their continued commitment and support.

A shout out to an organization as supportive as the Start /Finish Line Pole they sponsored! Thank you  Mott Community Co...
09/18/2021

A shout out to an organization as supportive as the Start /Finish Line Pole they sponsored! Thank you Mott Community College for lifting up this community!

A shout out to an organization as supportive as the Start /Finish Line Pole they sponsored! Thank you Mott Community College for lifting up this community!

Every superhero needs a good sidekick and our volunteers are some of the best! Thanks to Total Benefit Systems for helpi...
09/18/2021

Every superhero needs a good sidekick and our volunteers are some of the best! Thanks to Total Benefit Systems for helping them suit-up!

Every superhero needs a good sidekick and our volunteers are some of the best! Thanks to Total Benefit Systems for helping them suit-up!

J. Jonah Jameson may always need more photos of Spiderman, but we have our superhero photos covered by our fantastic spo...
09/18/2021

J. Jonah Jameson may always need more photos of Spiderman, but we have our superhero photos covered by our fantastic sponsors Health Alliance Plan - HAP ! Thank you! Have photos of your own to share? Tag us! We'd love to see them!

Whether our everyday superheroes participate in our 5K Race or our 1K Fun Run, they all receive one of our beautiful med...
09/18/2021

Whether our everyday superheroes participate in our 5K Race or our 1K Fun Run, they all receive one of our beautiful medals, made possible by McLaren Flint and Genesee Health System !

Whether our everyday superheroes participate in our 5K Race or our 1K Fun Run, they all receive one of our beautiful medals, made possible by McLaren Flint and Genesee Health System !

This year's race was made possible by the Kommareddi Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. You're ou...
09/18/2021

This year's race was made possible by the Kommareddi Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. You're our hero! Thanks for making today possible!

This year's race was made possible by the Kommareddi Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. You're our hero! Thanks for making today possible!

Do superheroes need capes? No! But they do need a 2021 race bib! Thank you to Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company Ame...
09/18/2021

Do superheroes need capes? No! But they do need a 2021 race bib! Thank you to Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company Ameriprise Financial @Hurley Medical Center and Meijer for getting our heroes race ready!

Do superheroes need capes? No! But they do need a 2021 race bib! Thank you to Pioneer State Mutual Insurance Company Ameriprise Financial @Hurley Medical Center and Meijer for getting our heroes race ready!

Thank you to Hurley Medical Center for their continued loyal support in providing volunteers and our first aid station!
09/18/2021

Thank you to Hurley Medical Center for their continued loyal support in providing volunteers and our first aid station!

Thank you to Hurley Medical Center for their continued loyal support in providing volunteers and our first aid station!

And they're off!! The 9th annual Superhero 5k has begun! And what better way to start it off than with our friends ABC12...
09/18/2021

And they're off!! The 9th annual Superhero 5k has begun! And what better way to start it off than with our friends ABC12: First In-Depth Everywhere WJRT-TV , the generous sponsors of our Start Line Banner!

And they're off!! The 9th annual Superhero 5k has begun! And what better way to start it off than with our friends ABC12: First In-Depth Everywhere WJRT-TV , the generous sponsors of our Start Line Banner!

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family this weekend? Join us at the Flint Farmer's Market for the 2021 Superh...
09/17/2021

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family this weekend? Join us at the Flint Farmer's Market for the 2021 Superhero Run! Dress up as your favorite superhero and support real life heroes in our community - survivors of child abuse and neglect. Register now at the link below:

https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Flint/FlintSuperhero

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #1k #5k #superheroflint2021

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family this weekend? Join us at the Flint Farmer's Market for the 2021 Superhero Run! Dress up as your favorite superhero and support real life heroes in our community - survivors of child abuse and neglect. Register now at the link below:

https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Flint/FlintSuperhero

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #1k #5k #superheroflint2021

Today we want to give a big shout-out to Kim Gray! Kim recently provided school clothing for families in need at our cen...
09/16/2021

Today we want to give a big shout-out to Kim Gray! Kim recently provided school clothing for families in need at our center and even took the time to personally shop for each child. Thank you Kim for your dedication to our community and for supporting the children we serve!

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #grateful #donation

Today we want to give a big shout-out to Kim Gray! Kim recently provided school clothing for families in need at our center and even took the time to personally shop for each child. Thank you Kim for your dedication to our community and for supporting the children we serve!

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #grateful #donation

09/15/2021

We are THREE days away from the 2021 Superhero Run! Sheriff Chris Swanson let us know his favorite superhero is the Incredible Hulk - tell us in the comments who your favorite hero is!

Join us this Saturday and support survivors of child abuse and neglect across Genesee and Shiawassee counties. Register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Flint/FlintSuperhero

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #superherorun #hulk #1k #5k

Today we welcomed our newest cohort of Court Appointed Special Advocates! These three ladies spent the last eight weeks ...
09/14/2021

Today we welcomed our newest cohort of Court Appointed Special Advocates! These three ladies spent the last eight weeks learning the ins and outs of child welfare and advocating for kids in foster care. Thank you for your dedication to our community and thank you to the Honorable Judge Duncan Beagle for taking time of us his busy schedule to swear in these volunteers!

If you are interested in becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate, be sure to sign up for our info session on Wednesday at 10am, or reach out to our volunteer coordinator at 810-238-3333 ext. 211. The link to register for the info session is below:

https://bit.ly/3gAzKKz

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #casa #courtappointedspecialadvocate #fostercare #reunification #adoption

September is Su***de Prevention Month. This month is a time to remember those affected by su***de, to raise awareness, a...
09/13/2021

September is Su***de Prevention Month. This month is a time to remember those affected by su***de, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. The graphic attached features the national su***de hotline, as well at tips to support someone who is struggling. You can also check out the link below to learn about warning signs and find more information on how to support someone.

Remember - you are loved and you are worth it. This pain will pass and you will come out stronger than ever before โค๏ธ

Warning Signs and Support - https://su***depreventionlifeline.org/help-someone-else/

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #su***depreventionmonth #mentalhealth #youareloved

September is Su***de Prevention Month. This month is a time to remember those affected by su***de, to raise awareness, and to focus efforts on directing treatment to those who need it most. The graphic attached features the national su***de hotline, as well at tips to support someone who is struggling. You can also check out the link below to learn about warning signs and find more information on how to support someone.

Remember - you are loved and you are worth it. This pain will pass and you will come out stronger than ever before โค๏ธ

Warning Signs and Support - https://su***depreventionlifeline.org/help-someone-else/

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #su***depreventionmonth #mentalhealth #youareloved

Throw on those costumes and come save the day! Join our 1K Fun Run, a kid-friendly super-dash, where each participant is...
09/11/2021
Flint Superhero Run 2021

Throw on those costumes and come save the day! Join our 1K Fun Run, a kid-friendly super-dash, where each participant is given a finishing medal by local heroes in uniform. This event is part of our Superhero 5K & 1K Fun Run coming up fast! Saturday 9/18 Come save the day and register for this fun way to give back to our community's most vulnerable. All kids deserve a hero, and deserve to BE a hero, even just for a day.

Register today:
https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Flint/FlintSuperhero

The Flint Superhero Run 2021 is on Saturday September 18, 2021. It includes the following events: 5K Run IN-PERSON, 5K Walk IN-PERSON, 1K Fun Run/Walk IN-PERSON, 5K Run VIRTUAL, 5K Walk VIRTUAL, and 1K Fun Run/Walk VIRTUAL.

September is #NationalRecoveryMonth across the nation. Supporting someone with a substance use disorder can be challengi...
09/10/2021

September is #NationalRecoveryMonth across the nation. Supporting someone with a substance use disorder can be challenging, but the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has put together a guide to help.

Being mindful of the language you use can help someone who is in recovery feel supported. Check out the guide attached and learn alternative ways you can speak about recovery and substance use in a way that fosters support.

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #NationalRecoveryMonth2021 #recovery

September is #NationalRecoveryMonth across the nation. Supporting someone with a substance use disorder can be challenging, but the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has put together a guide to help.

Being mindful of the language you use can help someone who is in recovery feel supported. Check out the guide attached and learn alternative ways you can speak about recovery and substance use in a way that fosters support.

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #NationalRecoveryMonth2021 #recovery

There is still time to apply to be an AmeriCorps Member and work at Voices for Children!We have a full time position ava...
09/09/2021

There is still time to apply to be an AmeriCorps Member and work at Voices for Children!

We have a full time position available where you will be assisting our Family Advocates with advocating for the needs and well-being of suspected child abuse victims, non-offending parents and families within the City of Flint as well as sharing information about water crisis recovery. We also have a part time position available where you will assist the Advocacy and Prevention Education Coordinator with providing education, services and resources to children and families who have been impacted by the water crisis.

Join the AmeriCorps team and apply today at the link below to make a difference in Genesee County!

https://bit.ly/3B1vxHR

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #flintwater #flint #geneseecounty #genesee #advocate #childadvocacy #prevention

Have you ever seen an infant wearing a sleep sack and wondered, what is that? Sleep sacks are recommended for safe sleep...
09/08/2021

Have you ever seen an infant wearing a sleep sack and wondered, what is that?

Sleep sacks are recommended for safe sleep and can decrease the risk of a child suffocating while asleep. They also provide a sense of security - the sleep sack in this image also doubles as a swaddle, which makes a child feel secure like when they were in the womb. Sleep sacks with a swaddle are also great ways to soothe and calm a child and helps to prevent the startle reflex while asleep, which can wake up an infant.

Interested in learning more about safe sleep? Go to voicesforcac.org or sign up for our "Keeping Your Baby Safe" training at bit.ly/Training-VCAC

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #safesleep #sidsprevention #safesleepawareness #swaddle #sleepsack #prevention

Have you ever seen an infant wearing a sleep sack and wondered, what is that?

Sleep sacks are recommended for safe sleep and can decrease the risk of a child suffocating while asleep. They also provide a sense of security - the sleep sack in this image also doubles as a swaddle, which makes a child feel secure like when they were in the womb. Sleep sacks with a swaddle are also great ways to soothe and calm a child and helps to prevent the startle reflex while asleep, which can wake up an infant.

Interested in learning more about safe sleep? Go to voicesforcac.org or sign up for our "Keeping Your Baby Safe" training at bit.ly/Training-VCAC

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #safesleep #sidsprevention #safesleepawareness #swaddle #sleepsack #prevention

Join us for our fall clean up! Call us today at 810-238-3333 ext 211 to RSVP ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ
09/07/2021

Join us for our fall clean up! Call us today at 810-238-3333 ext 211 to RSVP ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Looking to volunteer? Our friends at the Big Blue House (Voices for Children Advocacy Center) have flexible dates/times for their fall clean up. #volunteeropportunities #LiveUnited

Voices for Children Advocacy Center is looking for parents of children exposed to lead from the Flint water system to pa...
09/06/2021

Voices for Children Advocacy Center is looking for parents of children exposed to lead from the Flint water system to partner, advice our work, and support other families as a part of our L.E.A.P. program. L.E.A.P., or lead exposure assistance program, is a parent advisory group whose goal is to connect lead exposed children and families to screenings and support in order to minimize developmental delays.

Interested in joining? Call Alyssa Bellamy at 810-238-3333 ext. 208 or email her at [email protected]

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #flintwater #geneseecounty

Voices for Children Advocacy Center is looking for parents of children exposed to lead from the Flint water system to partner, advice our work, and support other families as a part of our L.E.A.P. program. L.E.A.P., or lead exposure assistance program, is a parent advisory group whose goal is to connect lead exposed children and families to screenings and support in order to minimize developmental delays.

Interested in joining? Call Alyssa Bellamy at 810-238-3333 ext. 208 or email her at [email protected]

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #flintwater #geneseecounty

Join in the fun at Voices for Children's Superhero Run! Save $5 on your registration this weekend only with coupon code:...
09/02/2021
Flint Superhero Run 2021

Join in the fun at Voices for Children's Superhero Run! Save $5 on your registration this weekend only with coupon code: "HEROweekend"! This year's event has both IN PERSON and VIRTUAL registration options! It is time to ASSEMBLE for the 2021 Superhero 5k & 1k Fun Run to benefit Voices for Children. Register now for this family-friendly event on September 18, 2021, and be a HERO for local children. Is your superhero costume in the wash, or maybe you will be out of town that weekend? Donate at the link below instead to be an anonymous hero. Thanks for saving the day, for all kids in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties!

Have a fun & safe Labor Day Weekend Mid-Michigan!

Register Here:
https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Flint/FlintSuperhero

Donate Today:
https://www.voicesforcac.org/donate

Learn More about Voices for Children:
https://www.voicesforcac.org/
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#superhero #children #flintmichigan #GeneseeCounty #shiawasseecounty #5krun #voicesforcac #childadvocacy #childabuseprevention

The Flint Superhero Run 2021 is on Saturday September 18, 2021. It includes the following events: 5K Run IN-PERSON, 5K Walk IN-PERSON, 1K Fun Run/Walk IN-PERSON, 5K Run VIRTUAL, 5K Walk VIRTUAL, and 1K Fun Run/Walk VIRTUAL.

Our virtual prevention training calendar is up for September 2021! ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ“žVisit https://bit.ly/Training-VCAC to register tod...
09/02/2021

Our virtual prevention training calendar is up for September 2021! ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ“ž

Visit https://bit.ly/Training-VCAC to register today or go to http://voicesforcac.org/training.

#voicesforcac #childabuseprevention #prevention #awareness #protectingchildren #onlinesafety #humantraffickingawareness

Our virtual prevention training calendar is up for September 2021! ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿ“ž

Visit https://bit.ly/Training-VCAC to register today or go to http://voicesforcac.org/training.

#voicesforcac #childabuseprevention #prevention #awareness #protectingchildren #onlinesafety #humantraffickingawareness

Team-building and morale are so important! Especially for staff serving child abuse survivors every day at work. Last we...
09/01/2021

Team-building and morale are so important! Especially for staff serving child abuse survivors every day at work. Last week the Voices for Children staff had a friendly little competitive scavenger hunt around Flint.

Staff had to find statues, pump $0.30 of gasoline and even stop by a Coney Island.

The fun and games aren't only for the kids at Voices for Children. Our staff know how to have a good time, too. These are the people working hard for our community's kids.

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #scavengerhunt #teambuilding

Who is sweeter than honey? It's our very own Flint Fire Department! Thanks to the fantastic guys, and gal who came out t...
08/31/2021

Who is sweeter than honey? It's our very own Flint Fire Department! Thanks to the fantastic guys, and gal who came out to help humanely re-home a honey bee hive. They partnered with Jason Bay from My Bees Nest to take care of the problem in under an hour! We also want to say thanks to Chief Don Schreiber of Grand Blanc City Fire Department for connecting us with Flint Fire. We are incredibly blessed to have these folks looking out for us! Thanks for doing a Bee-autiful job Flint Fire Department!

#flintfiredepartment #mybeesnest #savethebees #CAC

Want to learn how to be an advocate for children? Join us on August 19th to learn about how you can serve our over 600 c...
08/30/2021

Want to learn how to be an advocate for children? Join us on August 19th to learn about how you can serve our over 600 children in foster care in Genesee county! Register to learn more about being a Court Appointed Special Advocate at the link below:

https://bit.ly/3gAzKKz

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #CASA #courtappointedspecialadvocate #childadvocacy #fostercare

Want to learn how to be an advocate for children? Join us on August 19th to learn about how you can serve our over 600 children in foster care in Genesee county! Register to learn more about being a Court Appointed Special Advocate at the link below:

https://bit.ly/3gAzKKz

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #CASA #courtappointedspecialadvocate #childadvocacy #fostercare

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515 S East St
Flint, MI
48503

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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 societyโ€™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 childrenโ€™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, su***de, 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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I am super excited to be nominated for Voices for Children Caring adult award. This is my first nomination and I don't take this lightly.....Thank you Kela Timmons Geisert for seeing the best in me
these 2 superheroes missed one of their favorite events of the year - so happy they got to participate from home! #voicesforcac #flintsuperhero2020 #batman #babybatman
Continuing to support child abuse prevention month.
#wearblueday2020 #forthekiddos ๐Ÿ’™
Grazie del conferimento ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ€โค๏ธ
Voices for children is a great foundation. They have helped me be better prepared on my kids safety from preventing safe sleeps with newborns to different stages of my children development. I was concerned about my daughter safety and not only did they immediately offered me to talk to a counselor but where willing to helped me with anything I needed. At some point I was very worried and did not know what to do then after a few minutes after sending the director a message and others at Voices. Nyse, the director called me on the phone and offered assistance way after hours . I feel blessed and fortunate to have them as a safe place for the kids especially with all the classes they offer to the public to learn how to keep them safe.
We love Voices for Children! My boys and I enjoy attending meetings there and always feel welcome and make ourselves at home. We love the center's staff. Their passion for kiddos is amazing.
Grazie a Voi๐Ÿค—...Buona Giornata ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒบ
Wish you could help them all..
Come on out to The Ponemah Lakeside Lodge on Friday, October 11th for Lakeside Terrors. Proceeds support Voices for Children Advocacy Center! Invite your friends and family! It's sure to be a great time!
Looking to give your child a HEAD START or GREAT START on their educational career this fall?Programs for children 6 weeks old -5 years old available. Express interest today to learn more about a location near you! Visit www.geneseepreschool.org or call 810-591-KIDS(5437)#geneseecounty #preschool #591kids