Lapeer children and families served
In 2017, CAC Lapeer served 316 new clients through our advocacy, intervention, and treatment. We provided:
328 hours of victim advocacy to child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members
265 individual therapy hours to child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members hours
96 forensic interviews to children ages 2-17
42 sexual assault medical kits to children and adults
In addition, CAC Lapeer provided prevention education to 3,080 students through our Prevention Program.
During the past year, we launched our counseling program which provided free mental health services to child victims of abuse. These services included individual counseling session, group therapy, parent support, and court support.
Central Michigan Students Visit CAC Lapeer
Over the weekend of February 25th & 26th, a group of nine college students from Central Michigan University's Alternative Breaks Program volunteered with us here at the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County (CAC Lapeer). They spent ten hours at our center painting the CAC's Medical SANE/SART room, researching various ways to monitor children online, as well as apps/websites that could pose danger to children, and much more. During their weekend visit to Lapeer, the group stayed at Lapeer Assembly of God where they were able to sleep, eat, and prepare for their service-filled weekend!
Throughout the weekend, the students were provided with education and knowledge surrounding the issue of child abuse and neglect. They observed presentations, toured the Center, and were provided information on the importance of the Child Advocacy Center.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
On April 7th, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County held a pinwheel garden planting day at the Lapeer ELGA Credit Union. The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. CAC Lapeer’s Multidisciplinary tea, including Lapeer County’s Prosecutor’s Office, CAC staff, Lapeer County Sheriff's Department, Lapeer City Police Department, Michgian State Police Department, and community members gathered at Lapeer Elga Credit Union for the Pin Wheel Planting Ceremony in hopes of spreading awareness about child abuse. Learn how we can keep our children safe and how you can become an active participant in preventing child abuse.
In addition, CAC Lapeer partnered with the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office for April 3rd-7th was National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 3rd-7th. CAC Lapeer highlighted local programs, and celebrated progress achievements by honoring victims and the professionals who serve them.
Seventh Annual Corkscrews and Brews Fundraiser
On April 28th, The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County hosted our 7th Annual Corkscrews and Brews fundraiser. As a staff, we are so appreciative of everyone who came out to make this night such a big success!
The night was filled with silent auctions, music, wine and beer tasting, live auctions, and community members coming together to support our cause. From beginning to end, we had so many people volunteering their time and efforts to bring it all together!
First Annual Charity Run
The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County would like to send a big thank you to The Lapeer Chapter of the Exiled Saints M/C for their generous donation. The Lapeer Chapter raised $1,650.00 at there First Annual Charity Poker Run!
The proceeds will directly help the children and families that we serve. Thank you again Cevin Brown for all of your efforts in helping the CAC!
Lost in the Woods Music Festival
On August 5th, the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer participated in the Lost in the Woods Music Festival event located at Torzewski County Park. There was free games and activities including:
a bounce house, yoga demonstrations, lawn bowling, jewelry making, Emergency Response Team demos, puppies to pet, duck pond and jeopardy wheel to win prizes, and a chance to visit the City of Lapeer fire truck, Lapeer County EMS ambulance, and Michigan State Police black cruiser. and Music performed by many local bands!
100% of donations and money raised was used to support non-profit charitable groups in Lapeer County. CAC Lapeer’s Multidisciplinary Team Member and Board Member, Detective Wells from the Lapeer County Sheriff's Department and co-founder of the Lost In the Woods Music Festival donated a new TV for the CAC with the funds raised at the Lost in the Woods event!
This donation has aided numerous children and team members throughout the forensic interviewing process!
Fourth Annual Golf Classic
Our 4th Annual Golf Classic was held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Metamora Golf & Country Club! It was an outstanding and beautiful day with food, golf, and many prizes! We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who came out to support the Center; it was our most successful year yet! We would like to express sincerest gratitude to our very special sponsors, players, and donors for their support and to all volunteers and committee members for their dedication in making the annual golf event such a huge success this year!
CAC Leadership Club
At the Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County, we believe that advocacy plays a fundamental role in promoting healthy development for children within our community. We believe that through our efforts we will reduce trauma to child victims of abuse. It is through our intervention, treatment, and prevention services that we believe we can make an impact within our community. This year, CAC Lapeer started a Leadership Club geared toward, geared toward enhancing civic engagement and leadership development through diverse educational and volunteer opportunities for students throughout the Lapeer County area. Students were provided with the many volunteer opportunities and engage with classmates, and learned different ways to advocate for themselves and their peers and were provided with knowledge and resources surrounding a variety of social issues. Throughout the year, students learned about bullying awareness, created bullying awareness display for window in Dowtown Lapeer, created therapeutic stress balls for CAC clients, created therapeutic sensory bottles for CAC clients, created therapeutic "worry stones" for CAC clients, spread holiday cheer by creating"Encouraging Candy Canes" with MDT, participated in community events such as Dowtown Lapeer's Chrisitmas Parade, Lapeer Days, etc. CAC Lapeer fundraisers and much more!
Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
Darkness to Light is a national nonprofit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. They are guided by a vision to create a world where child sexual abuse does not exist. They believe that every child has the right to a happy, healthy, and safe childhood, and that protecting children is an adult responsibility. They also believe that education is critical for prevention efforts and that all successful initiatives start in the local community. Using an evidence-informed approach, Darkness to Light programs teach adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
This year, CAC Lapeer, was provided funding to train two facilitators of the Stewards of Children training. Our goal is to spread awareness and knowledge through this training to Lapeer County in order to recognize, reduce, and prevent child abuse within our Community. To sign up for a training, please click here.
Kids Christmas Party
In December, the counseling program at the CAC hosted its first ever Christmas party for the counseling kids. CAC Lapeer partnered with North Branch Bakery and Hamilton Chevrolet to supply cookies and presents to the children during the holiday party. The kids absolutely loved making cookies, decorating ornaments, and opening up all the fun presents!
All services provided to victims and their families are free of charge. In 2018, we expect to serve more children and families across our programs, as victims and survivors speak up nationwide through #MeToo and other advocacy initiatives.