Child Abuse Prevention Month underscores urgent need for services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 2, 2021
Contact: Sydney Smith, Byrum & Fisk Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 586-212-3103
LANSING – The Association of Accredited Child & Family Agencies today recognized National Child Abuse Prevention Month by highlighting the comprehensive services non-profit, accredited child welfare agencies provide to children and families facing abuse and neglect.
AACFA agencies work with children and families every day to provide resources, mental health services and advocate for the best interests of children and families. These essential agencies also unite families through foster care and adoption.
“Our agencies work hard to provide the best care possible for children who have faced abuse and neglect,” said Jaimie Clayton, president and CEO of Oakland Family Services. “As a group, we remain committed to providing a wealth of programs for children and families in the communities we serve that help put these populations on the path to a brighter future.”
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, for the last fiscal year, Michigan had more than 17,000 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect. The concern for child wellbeing, and the need for comprehensive services like AACFA’s, is even more heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic as case workers are less often able to make home visits. Non-profit, accredited child welfare agencies are also facing a critical labor shortage and operate with 30 percent less in funding than state-run organizations.
“AACFA organizations provide a wide continuum of services that help abused and neglected children, at multiple locations throughout the state,” said Stacie Bowens, executive director of Spectrum Child & Family Services. “We work together to strengthen families affected by abuse and neglect and urge the state to make the needs of Michigan’s children and families a priority, especially during Child Abuse Prevention Month.”
All members of AACFA are 501(c)(3) organizations and are accredited by the National Council on Accreditation or Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Our accreditation means we follow national best practices, and we are subject to independent audits and reviews to ensure the highest standards for safety, transparency and fiscal responsibility.