Kappa Delta Sorority Supports the CPCAN with over $1,300 Award

March 14, 2018

CPCAN was extremely grateful for the donation from Kappa Delta Sorority at Albion College. They graciously took on our cause for their fundraiser and presented our Board Chair Marsha Hamman and Executive Director Travis Barnett with a check for over $1,300. Thank you again, ladies of Kappa Delta Sorority, for your support!! It takes a community to end child abuse and neglect.

Jackson County Bar Association's 2018 Liberty Bell Award Recipient

April 18, 2018

Travis J. Barnett, our Executive Director has been chosen to receive Jackson County Bar Association’s 2018 Liberty Bell Award. The Liberty Bell Award is given each year by the Bar Association in conjunction with Law Day to honor outstanding citizens within the local community. He will be awarded said honor on May 2nd at the Bar Associations Breakfast Meeting.

The award recognizes outstanding service performed by a non-lawyer citizen who has given of his or her time and energy to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under law, in keeping with the spirit of our Constitution. Such service may include activities which promote a better understanding of our form of government, especially the Bill of Rights; encourage greater respect for the law in the courts; educate people in the contrast between totalitarianism and freedom under law; or stimulate the deeper sense of individual responsibility to the end that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights.

Travis has worked unwaveringly to push for the rights and protections of the children in our community through education and initiatives through CPCAN. He is actively pursuing partnerships and collaborations in Jackson County to help our children and their families. Though he is being honored, he has always pushed the motto of “it takes a village” and knows that it is in our best interest to work together.

Each county winner is a nominee for the Michigan State Bar Association’s 2018 Liberty Bell Award announced at the State Conference and Annual Meeting that will be held on September 26-28 2018, in Grand Rapids.

Hurst Foundation Supports the CPCAN with a $7,500 Award

The Jackson-based Hurst Foundation has donated $7,500 to the CPCAN. The award will help to fund the position of the part-time Development Director, continue to grow the Stewards of Children program, a child sexual abuse prevention training for adults, and help with other community education efforts.

100+ Women Who Care Support CPCAN's Nurturing Father's Program

The Jackson-based group chose the NFP for their recipient charity at their last June meeting. Thanks to these wonderful women the Council will be offering the NFP to our community for FREE!

Baker Spring Tea Supports the Fatherhood Initiative

Last April the Baker Spring Tea held annually the Saturday before Mother's Day chose the Council's Fatherhood Initiative as the recipient of their endeavors. Thank you to all those who contributed their time and skills to help the children and families in our community!

James A. & Faith Knight Foundation Renews Support

The James A. & Faith Knight Foundation renewed an internal capacity-building grant to fund the position of a part-time Development Director. CPCAN's Development Director is vital to the recruitment, training, and coordination of community volunteers who assist with education and outreach in CPCAN's mission: to educate and strengthen our community to reduce child abuse and neglect.

"It takes a community to end child abuse and neglect and this grant will support the important role communities play in protecting children," stated Ms. Wendy Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. "This award will assist the CPCAN in its mission by continuing to broaden our volunteer base and further develop sustainability to assist us in our mission. We thank the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation for this award and their dedication to investing in our community's most precious resource -- our children."

Stewards of Children (SOC), developed by the organization Darkness to Light, teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for organizations that serve youth, and for individuals concerned about the safety of children.

SOC is the only national and evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors.

In 2012, the Exchange Club of Jackson championed the program with the initial $5,000 gift that enabled CPCAN to train two facilitators. Since then we have trained over 500 adults in the program!

Call CPCAN if you would like to obtain training or coordinate a training for your organization.