KCAN to Honor Child Abuse Advocates in Awards Ceremony

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN – As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council (KCAN) will honor four community members who have gone above and beyond to protect children from child abuse and neglect. They will be formally acknowledged during an awards ceremony on Friday, April 12th at 5:30 p.m., Old Burdick’s, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. In attendance to recognize their dedication and service will be KCAN Executive Director Sarah Joshi, KCAN President Kate Rizor, County Commissioner Eric Cunningham, Rep. Jon Hoadley, Senator Sean McCann, Mayor Patricia Randall and Mayor Bobby Hopewell.

Those individuals being honored include:

Amber Murray has lived almost her entire life in Portage and considers the Kalamazoo area her home. She is a graduate of Portage Northern High School and Western Michigan University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She currently works for a prominent law firm in the area. From a young age, Amber has had a passion for caring for children, most notably as a Sunday school teacher of several years. These days Amber’s hands are full caring for her two young children alongside her husband. By supporting KCAN as a volunteer, she continues to indirectly care for children all over Kalamazoo.

Timothy Liggins is a DHHS Campus Coach with the Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University. Tim is an alumnus of WMU, earning his bachelor’s degree in social work in 2001. He has been employed with the Department of Health and Human Services for the last 16 years, working with individuals and families who have experienced foster care. Tim began working exclusively with the Seita Scholars program in 2009 and has served in numerous roles. He was the program’s first DHHS liaison, supporting students to connect with foster care related resources. Over the last seven years, Tim has transitioned to the role of a full-time campus coach. He also facilitates one of the program’s identity groups, “Engaging Men”. Tim has been a member of the Center for Fostering Success training team since 2016. He has had the opportunity to co-facilitate CFS Coach Model training with individuals throughout the country. He is married to his wife of 11 years with whom they share a three-year-old son.

Amy Kuchta is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring. Prior to being with BBBS, she served as a Child Welfare Supervisor in Bloomington, Ind., and Director of Elementary Sites for Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo. Amy also serves as a board member for the First Day Shoe Fund. She is passionate about helping children and families in need and ensuring all children have the support they need to reach their full potential. Amy resides in Kalamazoo with her husband and daughter. She has been a Big Sister to Chloe for six years.

Jenifer Alban is a supervisor at Child Protective Services and served previously as KCAN’s president. She is a member of MDHHS’ State Quality Services Review, an auditor for the Child Family Services Review and is a past member of the Kent County Child Death Review Team as well as the CPS Policy Board. She continues to serve as a Mandated Reporter trainer for KCAN and does this job because all children have the human right to be safe and loved. Together, with her significant other, she raises one stepdaughter.

KCAN is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect throughout Kalamazoo County.

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