Heirloom Birth Certificate
You can celebrate a newborn or memorialize an ancestor with an Heirloom Birth Certificate issued by the State of Michigan. These certificates are signed by the Governor. The certificates contain calligraphy style printing, are printed over artwork, and are suitable for framing and preserving as family heirlooms, but not intended as legal proof of birth. The commemorative certificates are mailed encased in cardboard shields to ensure protection. Visit Michigan Heirloom Birth Certificates website.
State of Michigan Child Protection Registry

Want to protect your family from unwanted adult advertising?

The State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails and mobile phones (text messaging).  The Michigan Child Protection Registry, created by the Michigan State Legislature in 2004, allows Michigan schools and families to protect their students from receiving adult-oriented messages.  Registered addresses and numbers are protected from messages that advertise pornography, tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol and gambling.

For more information and/or to sign-up please visit www.protectmichild.com.

Supporters
Carson City Lions Club
Greenville Lions Club
Baker Rader Insurance Agency
Rough Riders Motorcycle Club
First Congregational Church of Sheridan
First Congregational Church of Stanton (Women’s Fellowship)
Vickeryville United Methodist Church (Women’s Fellowship)
Medication Disposal
Medication Disposal Program Safely dispose of unwanted medications today! Did you know that disposing of medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet is unsafe for the environment and the public? Proper disposal of medications helps prevent childhood poisonings, reduce substance abuse and protect the water. If you have medications that have expired, are no longer needed, can’t be identified, or changed color, smell, or taste bad, dispose of them at one of the following locations:
Medication Drop Box Locations
Call for hours of operation or more information.
Sorry, no sharps.
Montcalm County Sheriff
659 N. State St. 989-831-7590
Carson City Police Dept.
123 E. Main St. 989-584-6448
Howard City Police Dept.
125 Shaw St. 231-937-4311
Lakeview Police Dept.
315 S. Lincoln St. 989-352-6211
Greenville Public Safety
415 S. Lafayette St. 616-754-7101
When We Meet

We Care for Kids Council Meets first Monday of the month at the First Congregational Church of Sheridan at 12 Noon. This years we will be adding meeting information to our site click here too review our meetings.

Family Fun Day 2014

This year’s We Care for Kids Council Family Fun Day will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Montcalm Community College Activities Building in Sidney from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00pm. 
 
Family Fun Day activities include; open swim, arts and crafts, activities in the gym, and lunch for $.50.  The Expo will provide an opportunity for families of children of all ages to learn about local community resources and information on topics such as; education, health and fitness, child care, safety, library services, and much more.   Average attendance for this event is typically around 400.
 
We are looking for community agencies/organizations to set up tables with informational items about their programs and services and hand out small freebies to the families.  We would greatly appreciate your participation in the event.  We would like to thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns (Nicole Long 989-289-0910).  A link to the registration form has been add for your convenience.  Please return confirmations as soon as you can.  Send your completed form to Nicole Long at knlong3@gmail.com or WCFK, P.O. Box 70, Stanton, MI 48888
 
One of our focuses this year, is:  Safe Sleep.  If you would be willing to bring materials supporting and educating about this topic to include in your display, it would be much appreciated, but not necessary for participation

Foster Families Needed

Would you consider becoming a foster parent? Montcalm DHS is always looking to recruit new prospective foster families and have found this to be quite a struggle in rural communities often hit hard by economic downturn. Montcalm DHS is looking for homes in Montcalm and Ionia Counties so that our most vulnerable children (foster children) might remain in their schools, with their friends, and everything else that is comfortable to them.
If you are interested, contact:
Linda Schrauben
Ionia/Montcalm District DHS
Children’s Services Supervisor Licensing,
CWFS, & Prevention
Phone(616) 902-9923
Fx. (616) 527-1849

Jacqueline Sutton
Montcalm DHS Foster Home Licensor
Phone (989) 304-0826
Nurturing Parenting Classes

 
Nurturing Parenting Classes


Sponsored By:
We Care For Kids Council
Montcalm County
Classes will be held at:

Montcalm Area Intermediate Schools Administration Building
621 New St. Stanton
Classes will be held on Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 5:30-8:30pm.
Dinner will be provided.
Sorry, childcare will not be available.
WHAT IS NURTURING PARENTING?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT?


A parent workshop will be held in your area to help parents learn more about the practices of nurturing parenting. Classes are free. Topics include:


The Philosophy and Practices of Nurturing Parenting
Communicating with Respect
Building Self-Worth in Children
Understanding Feelings
Understanding and Developing Family Morals, Values, and Rules
Praising Children and their Behavior
Alternatives to Spanking

Michigan Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Rally 2013
Never Leave Children Alone in Parked Vehicles

HEAT KILLS Never Leave Children Alone in Parked Vehicles
On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside motor vehicles.
On a day when the temperature outside is 86 degrees, the temperature inside a car can quickly reach 135 or even 150 degrees!
Research shows that leaving the windows open a crack does little to reduce this oven effect.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Tips to Prevent Injury & Death
Never leave infants or children alone in an unattended vehicle, even if the windows are partially open or the air conditioner is on.
Make sure all passengers have left the vehicle after it is parked.
Do not let your children play in an unattended vehicle.
Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children's reach.
Be sure to remove children from the vehicle during busy times, schedule changes, emergencies or shopping for the holidays.
Be extra careful when routines change; children can be forgotten in the back seat:
- If you are bringing your infant or child to daycare, and normally it's your spouse or partner who brings them, have your spouse or partner call you to make sure everything went according to plan.
- Ask your childcare provider to call you if your child does not show up for childcare.
- Put something you'll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case on the floor board in the back seat to remind you.
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call the police.
If a child is in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible and call 911.
Warning signs of heat illness may include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea or acting strangely. Cool the child fast and call 911.

Child Abuse Reporting
(24/7)
Statewide 1-855-444-3911
Information Comtact
Nicole Long
 WCFK Executive Director
 knlong3@gmail.com
1-989-289-0910

We Care for Kids Council
P.O. Box 70
Stanton MI. 48888
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Local Festivals

Take the family on a field trip and explore the history, businesses and people of our county! These festivals offer craft shows, car shows, hot air balloon launch, children's health fairs, carnival rides, parades, food and more!

Sheridan Springfest
Memorial Day Weekend

Carson City Frontier Days
1st Weekend in June

Lakeview Summerfest
3rd Week in June

MCC Heritage Village Festival
1st Weekend in August

Stanton Old Fashioned Days
2nd Weekend in August

Greenville Danish Festival
3rd Weekend in August

Trufant Jubilee
Labor Day Weekend

Sponsors of WCFK's


Childrens Trust Fund
United Way Wesco Gas Stations

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