April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, and there will be several activities at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan. Prevention and Outreach Specialist Allie Kibler-Campbell tells WSJM News they’re planting a pinwheel garden outside the office on M-139 south of St. Joseph, and holding free training sessions throughout the month. She says each session includes a group discussion, a workbook to take home, an informational video, and a certificate of participation.
“It’s all about sexual abuse prevention, and it teaches adults who work with children how to recognize the signs of a child who’s been abused, and what to do if they have a suspicion,” Kibler-Campbell said.
There will be four sessions throughout April, and anyone who wants to sign up should call the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Michigan at 269-556-9640. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Children’s Advocacy Center works with police and prosecutors when they’re managing child abuse cases, and it also provides counselling. The non-profit will hold a fundraiser at Journeyman Distillery on April 18.