By Judith Fischer, president of AACFA
This month, we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month by highlighting the comprehensive services non-profit, accredited child welfare agencies provide to children and families in Michigan who are facing abuse and neglect.
Most of the children our agencies work with have faced abuse and neglect in some way, and we work every day to provide them with resources and mental health services, in addition to advocating for their best interests.
This month, we spoke in front of Michigan lawmakers during a special joint meeting of the House and Senate committees on Community Health and Human Services. We told these lawmakers it’s more important than ever to ensure fair funding across our state’s child welfare system. The demand for our services – so many of which are dedicated to children who have faced abuse and neglect – is at a peak.
Not-for-profit, accredited child welfare agencies like those in AACFA provide a full continuum of services to help children in need across Michigan. We work together to strengthen families affected by abuse and we continue to urge the state to prioritize the needs of Michigan’s children and families, especially during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Research has shown investing in Michigan’s not-for-profit, accredited child welfare agencies on the front end will pay dividends for Michigan’s children, families and taxpayers. Being able to offer higher wages, hire more staff and fund family preservation services will help us expand prevention services that Michigan children and families need.
Fair and adequate funding will ensure we can offer the best possible treatment and outcomes for children who are abused or neglected. As we continue to advocate for not-for-profit agencies, we call on lawmakers to join us as we fight for the children in our state who need us.