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Nominations open for Champion for Children Award

Nominations are being accepted for an award that recognizes those who go above and beyond to help children.

LACASA Center’s CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) Council and Great Start Livingston are seeking to celebrate a member of the community whose positive impact is reflected in the lives of the children and families around them as a Livingston County Champion for Children.

 Community members have until Monday, March 20 to make a nomination for the award, who could be someone who volunteers to mentor children, provides a safe foster care home, or advocates for vulnerable kids.

“Or perhaps they are someone who fundraises for a children’s organization or simply provides a smile and affirmation for every single child they encounter,” stated a press release. “Past recipients have been educators, coaches, public employees, foster parents, child-care providers, and community volunteers.”

 “Child abuse prevention is so much more than just identifying and protecting kids in abusive homes,” said LACASA’s Director of Family Prevention and Education Holly Naylor. “Being a stable, encouraging adult for a child experiencing turmoil, dropping off groceries to a family in need, and reaching out to parents who are struggling are all prevention efforts that can make a huge impact on a child’s life but often go unrecognized. The CAP Council and Great Start Livingston invite you to shine a light on the people you know who support and strengthen children and families so that we can thank them for their dedication.”

 “Great Start Livingston is partnering with the CAP Council to recognize our Champion for Children,” said Great Start Livingston Coordinator Robin Schutz. “Supporting families and children is the focus of our efforts. With this award, we are able to acknowledge those who work tirelessly to make a difference for our Livingston County children and families.”

 The person chosen as the 2023 Champion for Children will be recognized at the CAP Council’s “Plant a Pinwheel” Celebration on Wednesday, April 5, at the Howell Carnegie Library. That event kicks-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Livingston County.

 A nomination form can be submitted to the CAP Council at capcouncil@lacasacenter.org or call (517) 548-1350 for more information.

 The CAP Council is a program of LACASA and is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund. CAP programs are funded, in part, by the Livingston County United Way.

 The Great Start Collaborative of Livingston County is a partnership of early childhood experts, parents and community organizations who work together to ensure Livingston County children are prepared to succeed in school and in life.

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