The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is providing more than $ 1 million in funding to counties statewide to help prevent child abuse.
The Board of Directors of the Children’s Trust Fund has approved $ 1.8 million in direct service grants to 10 Michigan community organizations.
One of the direct service grants will be awarded to the Oasis Family Resource Center, which helps families in Wexford and Missaukee counties.
A little money will also help the Wexford and Misaukee Child Welfare Board. The purpose of the grants is to support families who have risk factors or challenges that could positively impact parenting and child development, according to a statement from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
“Primary prevention focuses only on educating parents in the community and why it’s so important to prevent child abuse before it happens,” said Karen Staub, Prevention Coordinator Wexford-Missaukee Child Protection Council. “If we can stop child abuse before it happens, of course we will have happier, healthier children, families and communities. “
This year alone, the Children’s Trust Fund distributed more than $ 2.6 million to help child abuse prevention programs in 83 counties in Michigan.