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People from all over Kalamazoo County are joining us
in the fight against child abuse and neglect: All ages, backgrounds, occupations and neighborhoods. No matter where you live, we invite you to become part
of the prevention solution today.
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Regularly, Kalamazoo CAN publishes a new "Family Help Book" that's packed full of helpful information, listings and tips for families in our area. This book is entirely free while supplies last.

To request your free copy, please click here now. Send your e-mail request to info@KalamazooCAN.com or call our office at (269) 552-4430.


Volunteer Opportunities
We depend on citizens like you to help us combat child abuse and neglect. If you can volunteer your time (any amount) or talents, we can find a place for you at Kalamazoo CAN. Please click here to learn more!
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Every Dollar You Give Makes a Difference

At the end of the day, nothing is more important than the safety of our local children. Kids can't protect theme selves - they need our help! Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Kalamazoo CAN today.

Best of all, you'll know that your support will be used to prevent child abuse and neglect right here in Kalamazoo County. We are deeply grateful. If you'd like to become a member of Kalamazoo CAN instead, and support our work that way, please click here now. Thank you!

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(Suggested donation: $25 - $50. Minimum donation: $10.)
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Practical Tools and Helpful Information at Your Fingertips

Welcome. If you care about the serious problem of child abuse and neglect in Kalamazoo County, we can help you become part of the "prevention solution." One of the best ways to get started is by educating yourself and your friends about the causes, warning signs and consequences of child abuse, as well as strategies for preventing abuse before it happens.

Kalamazoo CAN offers a wide range of free resources to help individuals and organizations take that first step. Some are lending resources, while others you may keep. Our resource library includes:

  • Brochures, booklets and flyers
  • Books on a wide variety of topics, including parenting and child development
  • Coloring books for children
  • Speakers who will gladly present to your organization on many topics
  • Membership kits
  • Our very own Family Help Book with 80 pages of information on local resources, ranging from education and medical care to foster care and financial assistance.

To request any of these resources, please call Kalamazoo CAN at (269) 552-4430. Or send an e-mail message to info@KalamazooCAN.com. Thank you for caring. "All kids deserve to be safe!"

Important: To report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect, please call the Kalamazoo County Children's Protective Services (CPS) at 1-855-444-3911 or click here now.

 


 

Directory of Resources

For faster access to resource information, we've grouped our resources into the following convenient categories. To jump to a category, just click on one of the links below. If you prefer, you may scroll down instead. To request any of these items, please call the Kalamazoo CAN office at (269) 552-4430.

To request any of these resources, please call Kalamazoo CAN at (269) 552-4430. Or send an e-mail message to info@KalamazooCAN.c-om.

 


 

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Situation
Number to Call
Description
Health Emergency
911
If you, a child or someone else is in immediate need of medical help, call 911 immediately. Don't wait. Call now.
Police or Fire Emergency
911
If you need to reach the police or fire department immediately, call 911.

Suspected Case of Child Abuse or Neglect

1-855-444-3911
If you suspect a case of child abuse or neglect, call the Kalamazoo County Child and Protective Services (CPS) at 1-855-444-3911 or click here now for additional information.
Abandoned child found
911
If you find an abandoned or injured child of any age, call 911 immediately. Be ready to provide your location so they can reach you quickly.
Poisoning

 

1-800-222-1222
or 911

If you or another person has ingested or been exposed to a poisonous substance, call this 800 number immediately. If you have a poison-related health emergency, call 911 now.
Gas Leak or Electricity Emergency
(800) 477-5050
Call this number at Consumers Energy if you have a gas leak, suspected gas leak, downed power line or other electrical emergency.
Crisis Counseling
(269) 381-HELP
If you need help handling a family or personal crisis, call this number for assistance.
Domestic Violence
269-385-2869
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, call this number immediately.
Parenting Hotline
1-800-448-3000
Need help with parenting issues? Feeling overwhelmed by your kids? Call this number for compassionate help and friendly advice.
Mental Health Emergency
(269) 373-6000 or
1- 888-373-6200
If you or someone you know is having a mental health crisis, call either of these numbers now.

Suicide Hotline

211
Depressed and considering suicide? Do you know someone else who is? Please call this number for immediate help 24 hours a day.
Silent Observer
(269) 343-2100
If you witnessed a crime or criminal activity, call Silent Observer. All calls are confidential.

 

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Prevention and Response

The Warning Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
How to Report a Suspected Case of Child Abuse or Neglect
You Can Help Prevent Child Abuse
Facts and Figures - Child Abuse and Neglect
Understanding Key Terms and Concepts
7 Ways You Can Help Prevent Child Abuse
What to Do If You Can't Care for Your Newborn
Michigan Infant Safe Delivery Law (Infant Abandonment Law)

Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect

What is Child Abuse?
What is Child Neglect?
Physical Abuse - Physical and Behavioral Indicators
Sexual Abuse - Physical and Behavioral Indicators
Emotional Abuse - Physical and Behavioral Indicators
Child Neglect - Physical and Behavioral Indicators
Family Violence and Child Abuse

Information for Mandated Reporters

List of Mandated Reporters
Mandated Reporter Form 3200 - Report of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

Tips for Parents and Caregivers

How to Calm a Crying Baby
Helpful Hints for Handling Stress
Safe Sleep and SIDS
Never Shake a Baby
Disciplining Your Child: 7 Reasons to Stop Spanking
12 Alternatives to Hitting Your Child
Dealing with Tantrums
Help Your Child Have Fewer Tantrums
Tips for Shopping with Children

State and Local Resources

Michigan Children's Trust Fund
Michigan Child Protective Services
Kalamazoo Office of Child Protective Services
Child Protective Services Investigation Process

Kalamazoo CAN Links

What is Kalamazoo CAN?
Become a Kalamazoo CAN Member
Donate to Kalamazoo CAN

 


 

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Brochure: How to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Brochure: Overview of Kalamazoo CAN Programs and Mission

Booklet: Family Help Book (80+ pages of helpful information)

Flyer: Stand Up for Kids
Flyer: Help Us Prevent Child Abuse Before It Happens

 


 

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Kalamazoo CAN offers an extensive lending library of more than 100 videos, which are available to the public at no charge. (A $10 refundable deposit is required at the time of checkout.) Most videos range in length from about 10 minutes to about 45 minutes. Topics range from parenting and psychology to law and child safety.

Our video library is cataloged in alphabetical order by title. In most cases, the video's title also corresponds to the subject matter. Each video listing includes the following information:

  • Video Library Number
  • Title
  • Length
  • Audience (by type and/or appropriate age group)
  • Description

Click on one of the formats below to view or search the video catalog:

Video Catalog in Excel Format
Video Catalog in Microsoft Word Format
Video Catalog in HTML Format

If you'd like to borrow a video, please call our office at (269) 552-4430 to see if that item is available. Videos may be picked up at the Kalamazoo CAN office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. It's best to call ahead to arrange a convenient pick up time. A $10 refundable deposit is required at the time of checkout. Most videos are due back within two weeks.

 


 

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Welcome to the Kalamazoo CAN book and publication library. You'll find more than 300 titles on almost every topic related to parenting, child abuse, child neglect, research, statistics and abuse prevention. You may borrow any available title for up to three weeks at a time. (A $10 refundable deposit is required at the time of checkout. Most videos are due back within two weeks.)

For your convenience, we've organized our book catalog into nine categories (see below). Within each category, books are cataloged in alphabetical order by title. In most cases, the book's title also corresponds to the subject matter. Each video listing includes the following information:

  • Book Library Number
  • Title
  • Author
  • Date of Publication
  • Number of copies in the library

Each of the following categories is provided in both Microsoft Word format and HTML format. To view
or search the book catalog, click on one of the links below:

Books: Abuse and Neglect

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Adoption

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Courts and Law

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Developmental Disabilities

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Non-Profits, Fundraising and Volunteers

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Parenting

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Resources Directories

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Studies and Statistics

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

Books: Training and Education

Listings in Microsoft Word format
Listings in HTML format

If you'd like to borrow a book, please call our office at (269) 552-4430 to see if that item is available. Books may be picked up at the Kalamazoo CAN office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. It's best to call ahead to arrange a convenient pick up time. A $10 refundable deposit is required at the time of checkout. Most books are due back within three weeks.

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