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Child Abuse Prevention

The Child Abuse and Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), defines child abuse and neglect at minimum as:

"Any recent act or failure to act resulting in imminent risk of serious harm, death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation of a child (a person under the age of 18 unless the child protective law of the State in which the child resides specifies a younger age for cases not involving sexual abuse) by a parent or caregiver (including any employee of a residential facility or any staff person providing our-of-home care) who is responsible for the child's welfare."

Reauthorized by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, the program requires states to provide a statewide child abuse and neglect program that includes new programmatic requirements such as: Provisions to refer children under age three who are involved in a substantiated case to early intervention services under Part C of IDEA.

Chance at Childhood Program
"The Chance at Childhood Program mission is to "promote and protect the well-being of children and families through integrated education and advocacy."
Website: Chance at Childhood Program website.
Phone: (517) 432-6880
Fax: (517) 432-6990
Address: 648 North Shaw Lane
  Rm 215
  East Lansing, MI 48824
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • On average, 337 reports of suspected child abuse
    or neglect are made each day in Michigan.
  • In 2007 alone, there were 17,748 confirmed cases
    of abuse or neglect in the state, representing
    29,638 child victims.
  • In 2007, 32 percent of victims were under the age
    of four.
Contact: Michigan Children's Trust Fund (Prevent Child Abuse Michigan), 1-800-Children
Phone: (800) 244-3736
Fax: (517) 241-7038
Address: Grand Tower Suite 1411
  PO Box 30037
  Lansing, MI 48909
Michigan Dept of Human Services CAPTA Manual
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) requires Part C systems to accept all referrals from Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) referring agencies.

The Department of Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) are required by law to work collaboratively to provide services to families involved in child abuse and neglect.

Research has shown that families involved in abuse and neglect have a much higher likelihood of having a child become involved with the special education system. Providers working with these families can help them understand their own child's development as well as the attributes of typical development.

Michigan Federation for Children and Families
"To assure Michigan's most vulnerable children, families and individuals have access to and benefit from quality and cost-effective services supported by public and private dollars."
Phone: (517) 485-8552
Fax: (517) 485-6680
Address: 320 N. Washington Square, Suite 100
  Lansing, MI 48933
Report Abuse Now
Website: Report Abuse Now website.
Phone: (855) 444-3911
Fax: (616) 977-1158
Address: Child Protective Services - Centralized Intake
  5321 28th Street Ct SE
  Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Michigan Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

The MiPSAC (Michigan Professional Society on the Abuse of Children) is a statewide organization that focuses on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.

MiPSAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1995, and was incorporated in Michigan in 1996 as the designated state chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

Address: 545 Michigan Street N.E., Suite 203
  Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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