With nearly 3 million cases of child abuse and neglect that involves over 5 million children reported each year, The Children’s Foundation has made Abuse and Neglect one of our six focus areas. Through funding support of programs for young children, our goal is to provide early intervention options to help improve child development.
Almost half of the children in Michigan have had exposure to at least one adverse family experience. As a foundation, we have partnered with a number of organizations that focus on creating awareness, as well as early intervention for the abuse and neglect of children. This includes Care House of Oakland County-Breaking the Cycle of Abuse Program, Beaumont Health System and KidsTALK, a community-based program that provides comprehensive services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse or other forms of psychological trauma.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Adolescents in their teen years are especially vulnerable to sexual abuse. That is why Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center (TBCAC), with Children’s Foundation support, introduced a new program to keep teenage athletes safe from abuse.