Every child has a right to a safe childhood free of violence. Every April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and an important time to start conversations in our communities about keeping our children safe. Abuse can be prevented from happening in the first place by promoting safety, awareness and dialogue — and through training.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) enlists citizen volunteers to champion the needs of abused and neglected children unsafe at home. They must live temporarily under the jurisdiction of the courts and county child welfare system supervision. By reaching out to neighbors, businesses, schools, friends and family, we can make a difference in the lives of children! Learn more about CASA Manitowoc at: https://lakeshorecap.org/casa/

The Five Protective Factors Training

Since the focus on recognition and prevention has widened to include promoting healthy parenting and strong families through education and community support, The National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds developed the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework. Furthermore, a curriculum was developed called “Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work.” Lakeshore CAP periodically offers this course to assist professionals who work with families and children in protecting vulnerable children from harm. The current training program is April 17, May 15 and June 19. You may register by emailing Julie Ribley at julier@lakeshorecap.org. More information can be found by clicking on this link: CASA Training Protective Factors 2018 Flyer