Great Lakes Bay Region and Huron County children's advocacy groups combine forces

The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region is expanding into Huron County, joining in affiliation with the Huron County Child Abuse/Neglect Council.

The CAN Council will bring its nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center and Child Abuse Prevention Education programming to the region, opening an office at 219 E. Huron Ave. in Bad Axe.

The organizations both believe that the partnership will only help aid in child abuse prevention.

"The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region takes great pride in expanding our services to protect Huron County’s children," says Emily Yeager, president and CEO of CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.

"Huron County Child Abuse/Neglect Council Board members care deeply for their community and have entrusted our CAN Council with enhancing their efforts. Just as we do for the children of Arenac, Bay and Saginaw counties, we’ll work tirelessly to secure an end to child abuse and neglect for the children of Huron County."

At the CAN Council’s Children’s Advocacy Centers, children recount their experiences of abuse to specially-trained forensic interviewers. Separately observing the interview are the prosecutor, law enforcement, and children’s protective service workers, meaning that the child only has to tell the story once, minimizing trauma.

"This affiliation will help us further protect the children of Huron County and offer more services to families as we continue to make a difference in the lives of these at-risk children," says Huron County prosecuting attorney Tim Rutkowski.

"We expect the Children’s Advocacy Center will provide another effective resource for all of law enforcement in the successful prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases."

An open house with light refreshments is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Raymond James Financial Services at 1 E. Huron Ave. in Bad Axe. A golf cart will ferry guests to the CAN Council’s Bad Axe offices for tours.

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