Simply put, our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before it happens. Each year, we work with hundreds of volunteers and many partner organizations to fulfill that mission. Our geographic service area is Kalamazoo County, Michigan, where 238,000 people and 58,000 families live today.
Statement of Philosophy
The future of our society is dependent upon our children and their opportunity to fulfill their potential. We have a moral commitment to be involved in that process. We have a duty to take an active stance and be innovative in fulfillment of this mission.
The Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (Kalamazoo CAN) will educate community members and advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
The Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (Kalamazoo CAN) envisions an involved and informed community where all children live free from abuse and neglect.
Why It Matters
Every day, on average, 13 new cases of child abuse and neglect are reported in Kalamazoo County.
One-fourth of those cases demand immediate intervention. That translates into 1,140 confirmed and serious cases each year, throughout our area.
Many more cases are never reported. Who’s affected? Boys and girls, teens and toddlers – even babies. All races and ethnic groups, from the inner city to affluent suburbs. We know that children who are abused or neglected continue to suffer, even long after the abuse has stopped. Consider these facts:
- Nearly 80% of abuse victims develop serious psychiatric disorders by age 21, such as depression,
chronic anxiety, eating disorders and PTSD.
- Victims of child abuse are almost four times more likely to become drug addicts or alcoholics.
- More than 36% of all women and 14% of all men in prison were abused as children.
- Some abused children become abusers themselves later in life, continuing a cycle of pain.
For all these reasons, preventing abuse now is key to solving this very real and growing problem. You can help by becoming a Kalamazoo CAN member today. To learn how, please click here now.
We believe that adults have a special responsibility to protect children from harm.
How We Fulfill Our Mission
Preventing child abuse is a never-ending responsibility. Our work is focused on five primary areas:
- Teaching children how to be safe and when to ask for help.
- Teaching parents how to spot the danger signs of abuse or neglect, and how to respond to it.
- Training mandated responders, such as teachers, nurses and police, so they can identify abuse and report it quickly.
- Educating the general public by distributing literature, holding public forums, and participating in a wide range of other outreach activities throughout the year.
- Advocating for children in close cooperation with other community organizations and government agencies.
To learn more about us, please click here now. Or click on one of the links at the top of this page.
How to Become a Member
Join us in this ongoing campaign to prevent child abuse in Kalamazoo County. One of the best ways to start is by becoming a member of Kalamazoo CAN. Student memberships are just $10 per year and individual memberships are just $25 per year. You can also purchase a gift membership on behalf of someone you love or admire. Memorials in any amount are available on request. (Learn more.)
All new members receive a free resource booklet, membership card, bumper sticker and newsletter subscription. Members are also invited to special (optional) events throughout the year. Best of all, you’ll be helping to prevent child abuse and neglect in our local community.
To purchase your membership today using a major credit card, please click here now. You may also use our handy mail-in form is you prefer to purchase a membership via mail. To learn more about Kalamazoo CAN, explore the many links on this website. Or call our office at (269) 552-4430. Welcome!