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Tax Donations Support Local Efforts to Protect Children

LACASA’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council is asking area residents to consider helping in the fight against child abuse this tax season by adding a simple checkmark to Form 4642 on Michigan 2017 state income tax returns.

Donations made by local residents to the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) result in dollars coming directly back to support programs aimed at protecting children here in Livingston County. Between CTF grants to the CAP Council and LACASA’s Healthy Families program, $59.46 has been returned to the county for every dollar donated between 2014 and 2017.

“Checking a box on your taxes is a very simple way to donate. If you donate through this campaign you will know your donation will remain here, in this community.” said CAP Council Coordinator, Holly Naylor. “We recognize how important it is to people that their donations are used wisely. The CAP Council appreciates every donation to CTF, as this financial support is crucial in funding our efforts”

These prevention efforts include community events hosted by the CAP Council, like the CAP Kids’ Fair in June and a Community Baby Shower in October, both of which provide child safety information for parents and expectant parents.

CAP also conducts trainings and conferences including evidence-based “Stewards of Children” workshops on child sexual abuse prevention, and “Mandated Reporting” seminars, which train local professionals how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect. CAP hosts monthly “Baby B Safe” classes on infant safe sleep practices and also conducts campaigns such as “Pinwheels for Prevention,” a county-wide child abuse prevention campaign held in April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

LACASA’s Healthy Families program provides new and expectant parents with an in-home support worker. A specially-trained social worker visits with families regularly to offer parenting tips, child development information, coping techniques, and much-needed infant care supplies.     

“All tax check-off contributions made to CTF will be returned to the communities that made the contributions” said Executive Director of the Children’s Trust Fund, Michael Foley.

“The Trust Fund has always provided community grants that exceed the local tax check-off amounts. Now, with the current plan, CTF will increase those grants, dollar for dollar, with the contributions made in Livingston County,” Foley said. “We are confident that this plan will be an incentive for tax payers throughout Michigan to support child abuse prevention efforts in their communities.”

LACASA’s CAP Council is the designated CTF local council for Livingston County. CTF is the only statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Each year, CTF provides grant funding for programs run by local councils across the state as well as additional grants, including funding for LACASA’s Healthy Families program.

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