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.
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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.

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

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Recently, Angie, our forensic interviewer was honored as one of the twenty individuals who have made an unique and posit...
11/15/2020

Recently, Angie, our forensic interviewer was honored as one of the twenty individuals who have made an unique and positive impact in Flint & Genesee in 2020. Angie has been bright light and voice for more than 3,000 children in Genesee County. Join us as we celebrate and congratulate Angie for this amazing honor and for her fabulous work. #SpecialAgentAngie

https://and.flintandgenesee.org/angie-essenburg/

We are halfway through our Month of Gratitude 2020! Today we want to recognize our L.E.A.P. (Lead Exposure Access Progra...
11/15/2020

We are halfway through our Month of Gratitude 2020! Today we want to recognize our L.E.A.P. (Lead Exposure Access Program) Parent Advisory Group! This amazing group of parent leaders dedicates time to give input toward improving services in Genesee County, connecting other parents to useful resources, and promoting the importance of parent voice in every facet of the community. Our LEAP Parents are sitting at decision-making tables ensuring that the needs of the Flint community are expressed and heard even as we continue to work through the effects of the Flint Water Emergency. Thank you, LEAP Parents, for teaming up and advocating for all Genesee County families. We are proud of the work that you do!

#amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac #parentadvisory #LEAPparentadvisory #HealthyStartLEAP

11/14/2020

On this fourteenth day of our Month of Gratitude, we recognize our community that stands up against child abuse by volunteering for their local child advocacy center. From donating hygiene products and clothing, greeting children and families as a family host, advocating for children in foster care as a CASA, sewing hand-made masks, or donating/preparing food for our support groups, our vision of, 'shining a light so all children are empowered and all families are thriving,' is carried out. We could not do this work without the support of our community members. Thank you!

#amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac #volunteers #volunteerappreciation

On the fifth day of our Month of Gratitude 2020, we gave thanks for our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program....
11/13/2020

On the fifth day of our Month of Gratitude 2020, we gave thanks for our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. On the ninth day we gave thanks for our Victim and Family Advocates. These are just two of the departments at Voices for Children that partner closely with Genesee County Courts. The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) also wouldn't be possible without their partnership! Individuals from the courts serve on our board of directors and act as community champions for our child advocacy center. For this reason, on this thirteenth day of our Month of Gratitude, Voices for Children gives thanks for our partners at the Genesee County Court.

#amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac #GeneseeCountyCourts

Our @deputydaphne does much more than 'sit pretty' on a daily basis! On this 12th day of gratitude, and every day, we ar...
11/12/2020

Our @deputydaphne does much more than 'sit pretty' on a daily basis! On this 12th day of gratitude, and every day, we are so proud and thankful for our furry friend who supports our kids during some of the hardest experiences of their lives. Thank you, Daph, for supporting our most vulnerable kids and always providing a listening ear. Our team would be incomplete without you!

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What is the key to the success of the ‘child advocacy center’ model? The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). Without this team...
11/11/2020

What is the key to the success of the ‘child advocacy center’ model? The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). Without this team, our center wouldn't be able to help thousands of children and their families every year. The team is made up of power players from Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, professionals from the Medical & Mental Health field, Prosecutors, Victim Advocates and Voices for Children staff. The MDT works together on every case to provide the best outcome to children and their non-offending caregivers. It is imperative that they work hand-in-hand sharing information and fighting for a common goal: support and legal justice for our victims. We are so grateful to our MDT partners for helping make sure services for families are streamlined and efficient! Thanks for your teamwork and dedication!

#amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac #multidisciplinaryteam #MDT #childadvocacycenter #childadvocacy

Metro Police Authority of Genesee County, Argentine Township Police Department, Grand Blanc Township Police Department, Montrose Township Police Department, Davison City Police Department, Michigan State Police, City of Grand Blanc Police Department, Thetford Township, Richfield Township Police Department, Fenton Police Department - Michigan, City of Flint Police Department, Flint Township Police Department, Flushing Township Police Department, Flushing Police Department, Mt Morris Township Police, Mt Morris City Police Department, Genesee County Sheriffs Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, McLaren Flint.

Voices for Children gives thanks today for systems-building for early childhood. Specifically the Genesee County Home Vi...
11/10/2020

Voices for Children gives thanks today for systems-building for early childhood. Specifically the Genesee County Home Visiting Local Leadership Group (LLG) which it is our honor and pleasure to facilitate and sponsor. This group meets monthly to develop and implement a continuum of early childhood evidence-based home visiting services. That means programs like Early Head Start, Head Start, Parents As Teachers, Nurse Family Partnership and Maternal Infant Health Programs (MIHPs). One thing that makes this group special is our parent leaders who give their time to helping make sure that local home visiting services are available for all families who need them and are high-quality and helping ensure that local babies are born healthy, children are developmentally on track and ready to succeed in school. Thanks to all our LLG partners including GISD Early Childhood & Parent Involvement, The Official Site of Beecher Early Head Start Program, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Genesee County Child Protective Services, Hurley Nurse Family Partnership, Genesee County Community Action Resource Department Early Head Start, Mother Strong Maternal Infant Health Program, LLC, Ascension at Home (MIHP), Genesee County Health Department, Genesee County Healthy Start, Early On Genesee County, Parent Partners, Grand Blanc Parents as Teachers, Easter Seals Family Services, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan State University Extension, Child Care Network, Genesee Health System, The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan Education Association, Fenton Area Public Schools, Mott Community College, Stimson Consultation, Reverence Home Health Care (MIHP).

If you want to learn more about how YOU can become involved with the LLG email [email protected] or call (810) 238-3333.

#LocalLeadershipGroup #GeneseeCountyHomeVisiting #GeneseeCounty #LLG #homevisiting #amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac

When the unthinkable happens to a child, the event impacts the entire family. That's why, at Voices for Children, while ...
11/09/2020
Services for Children

When the unthinkable happens to a child, the event impacts the entire family. That's why, at Voices for Children, while youth are our priority and reason for being, we also support the non-offending caregiver, extended family, foster family--anyone who is caring for the child. Our team of Victim and Family Advocates help navigate the complicated systems (court, medical, social services) the family needs after an abuse event occurs and walk with them the entire way so the family doesn't have to feel alone. Thank you, Victim and Family Advocates, for ensuring families and children don't have to do it alone!

Click the link below to learn more about Family Advocates.

#amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac #familyadvocates #advocacy

Interview & Exam Services Voices for Children Advocacy Center (formerly Weiss Child Advocacy Center) provides a place for abused children to…

Looking for volunteer opportunities to give back to the community in a tangible, relational way? The CASA (Court Appoint...
11/09/2020

Looking for volunteer opportunities to give back to the community in a tangible, relational way? The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program might be just the thing for you! Join our virtual info session to find out by contacting [email protected].

#CASAofGeneseeCounty #VoicesforCAC #voicesforchildren #CASA #infosession #virtualmeeting

Today, Voices for Children gives thanks for all our community partners. Our philosophy is "better together." Since we ar...
11/08/2020

Today, Voices for Children gives thanks for all our community partners. Our philosophy is "better together." Since we are all serving children and their families, it is so important to partner and collaborate so we work smarter. Partners help in all sorts of ways, from referring to connecting, from volunteering to donating and sponsoring. Thank you to all our great partners–you make our critical work possible.

As a #VoiceForChildren you’re helping our youngest neighbors heal and thrive. By partnering through donating even $10/month, you create ripples that become waves of positive change and leave a legacy of hope for our communities. Set up monthly giving today at www.voicesforcac.org/donate. Thank you for supporting us as we support children.

#amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac

Though we aren't grateful for the high number of cases of child abuse and neglect which created the need to expand, we a...
11/07/2020

Though we aren't grateful for the high number of cases of child abuse and neglect which created the need to expand, we are extremely grateful for all the support we have received as we work to finalize our nearly 4,000 sq ft expansion at our Flint location. This building expansion wouldn't have been possible without the help and support of our community.

On this 7th day of our Month of Gratitude, Voices for Children gives thanks for our beautiful expansion which includes more play therapy space, art therapy space, and additional forensic interview room and even a Healing Garden. We can't wait to show it off to our community and help even more local kids!

www.voicesforcac.org/donate

#amonthofgratitude #grateful #thankful #thanksgiving #voicesforcac #expansion

Thank you Kenya Johnson-McHenry  and KD Johnsons for providing 10 tablets for our families to assist with their virtual ...
11/07/2020

Thank you Kenya Johnson-McHenry and KD Johnsons for providing 10 tablets for our families to assist with their virtual learning! We are #grateful for partners with generous hearts like yours.

#amonthofgratitude #thankyou #donation #covid19 #voicesforcac #grateful #thanksgiving

Today is the 6th day of Voices for Children's Month of Gratitude and we are giving thanks for our Board of Directors. Th...
11/06/2020

Today is the 6th day of Voices for Children's Month of Gratitude and we are giving thanks for our Board of Directors. These individuals from Shiawassee and Genesee Counties are so dedicated to eliminating child maltreatment that they volunteer their time to serve on our board. Thank you all for all that you do!

In order of Appearance: Chief Ron Wiles, James Yake, Angie Hendershot, Tamara Brickey, Sheriff Chris Swanson, Kristina Marshall, Alison Morrison, Justina Miller, Polly Sheppard, Capt. Sondra Taylor, Cheryl Sclater, Kevin Lenkart, Julie Creighton, Dan Russell, Courtney Herrick, Michael Milks, Tamara Phillips, Scott Koerner, Penny Corbin, Mattie Pearson, Hon. Judge Duncan Beagle, Prosecutor David Leyton, Jeff Collier.

#amonthofgratitude #thankful #november #gratitude #grateful #thankyou #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac #boardofdirectors

Today, we are indebted and grateful to have the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Genesee County to ser...
11/05/2020

Today, we are indebted and grateful to have the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Genesee County to serve some of the most vulnerable foster youth. By training community volunteers, the program can match an individual child and supportive adult who can build resilience for a child who has experienced great trauma in their life. By gathering information on each unique case every week, the program can ensure the child is seen and heard in the court room and that they are not forgotten in the overwhelmed system. Candace and Sarah Marie’s dedication to these kids and this vital program is unmatched. THANK YOU for all that you do to be the #voicesforchildren in foster care. To learn more about how you can support the CASA program email [email protected].

#amonthofgratitude #november #thankful #grateful #casaofgeneseecounty #CASA #courtappointedspecialadvocates #voicesforcac

On this next day of our #monthofgratitude , we give thanks for our core team of forensic interviewers. These staff membe...
11/04/2020
Services for Children

On this next day of our #monthofgratitude , we give thanks for our core team of forensic interviewers. These staff members help child survivors of abuse, neglect and human trafficking tell their story. They are highly trained and extremely compassionate, treating every child with respect. They use open-ended questions and trauma-informed practice to help bring perpetrators of child abuse, human trafficking and neglect to justice. Thank you, forensic interviewers, for all that you do! To learn more about the essential service of forensic interviewing, visit the link below.

#voicesforcac #voicesforchildren #forensicinterviewing #childadvocacycenters #thankyou #gratitude #thankful #grateful #November

Interview & Exam Services Voices for Children Advocacy Center (formerly Weiss Child Advocacy Center) provides a place for abused children to…

Register today for our November Prevention Training line-up! We are working on some exciting new content for 2021, so st...
11/04/2020

Register today for our November Prevention Training line-up! We are working on some exciting new content for 2021, so stay tuned! Pre-register today at bit.ly/Training-VCAC 🍂🔗 link in bio.

#training #education #prevention #virtualtraining #professionaldevelopment #voicesforcac

On this second day of our #monthofgratitude, Voices for Children is thankful for our Therapy Department who work tireles...
11/03/2020

On this second day of our #monthofgratitude, Voices for Children is thankful for our Therapy Department who work tirelessly to help children find hope and healing. We are proud and blessed to have the only certified Art and Play therapists in Genesee County. Thank you, Autumn, Kayla, Paula and Marvel for the amazing work that you do caring for the children of Genesee and Shiawassee counties. We wouldn’t be ‘us’ without ‘u’! 💛

#gratitude #grateful #november #thankful #thanksgiving #thankfulness #voicesforchildren #voicesforcac

For our second consecutive year, Voices for Children is honored to be observing a Month of Gratitude. That means, this e...
11/02/2020

For our second consecutive year, Voices for Children is honored to be observing a Month of Gratitude. That means, this entire month, we will be using our Social Media Platforms to share gratitude. We feel like it's especially important during these times to share out positivity. Please help us celebrate and drop in the comments something you're grateful for today.

On this first day of November 2020, Voices for Children is grateful for our staff. What a dedicated team of talented individuals giving their all, every day (yes, including weekends and evenings!) for children and their families. Thank you to every single one of our talented staff!

#amonthofgratitude #grateful #VoicesForChildren #staffappreciation #VoicesforCAC #thankfulness #November #gratitude

As #safesleepmonth concludes, we hope that you know that #voicesforchildren is an available resource to you, your family...
10/30/2020

As #safesleepmonth concludes, we hope that you know that #voicesforchildren is an available resource to you, your family, and the families you serve. Whether you're in need of professional training, confidence stepping into parenthood, or want to figure out how to get plugged in with a network to support you in practicing safe sleep, we are happy to help. Reach out to [email protected] for any and all of your infant safe sleep questions and be sure to follow our page for occasional updates, reminders and upcoming trainings. Thank you for being a #voiceforchildren alongside us as we raise awareness to help bring an end to these preventable deaths.

#SafetoSleep #safesleepsaveslives #AloneBackCrib #ABC #sidsawarenessmonth #safesleepawareness #infantsafety

We want to say a huge 'THANK YOU' to Kenya McHenry for donating tablets to help keep our most vulnerable children connec...
10/29/2020

We want to say a huge 'THANK YOU' to Kenya McHenry for donating tablets to help keep our most vulnerable children connected during these virtual times! Our families (and all of you) are relying heavily on technology, so this is a very timely donation. We are fortunate to have caring community members like yourself!

#thankyou #donation #covid19 #voicesforcac

Did you know that breastfeeding decreases the risk of infant deaths by up to 50%? If you are or know a mom who is planni...
10/27/2020

Did you know that breastfeeding decreases the risk of infant deaths by up to 50%? If you are or know a mom who is planning to breastfeed, has questions about breastfeeding, or needs support in continuing to breastfeed go follow Baby Cafe of Genesee County and get plugged in to their virtual support groups. You don't have to do it alone!

#infantsafetyawareness #infantsafesleepmonth #safesleepmonth #breastfeeding

Did you know that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, putting your baby to sleep in the same room as you (i...
10/23/2020

Did you know that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, putting your baby to sleep in the same room as you (in their separate sleep environment) can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death by up to 50%? The AAP reccomends room sharing for the first 6 months of life if possible. Share the Room, not the bed!

Learn more about the AAP's infant safe sleep guidelines below.

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/safe-sleep/Pages/Safe-Sleep-Recommendations.aspx

#infantsafesleep #sidsawarenes #safesleepawarenessmonth #October #VoicesforCAC #americanacademyofpedatrics #roomsharing

Pop in on Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Safe Infant Sleep Block Part...
10/22/2020

Pop in on Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Safe Infant Sleep Block Party. From 10/26 to 10/29, they will be hosting daily Facebook Live events co-hosted by different organizations. Learn more at https://bit.ly/32UsIJd

#SafeSleepParty #SafeSleepAwareness #InfantSafeSleep #voicesforchildren

Next week, we kick off our Safe Infant Sleep Block Party. From 10/26 to 10/29, tune in to a daily Facebook Live event co-hosted by a different organization to hear tips about safe infant sleep. Check out the full schedule. https://bit.ly/32UsIJd #SafeSleepParty First Candle Charlie's Kids Foundation Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative

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515 S East St
Flint, MI
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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 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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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 💙
Grazie del conferimento 😁🤗😊🍀❤️
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 Voi🤗...Buona Giornata 🌿🌺
Wish you could help them all..
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