History

We Care for Kids Council

We Care For Kids (WCFK) began in September, 1977 as part of an already established Advisory Board to the Juvenile Court known as Concerned Citizens for Children (CCC). After several months of study by both private citizens and agencies of Montcalm County, it was decided that WCFK should not be a part of CCC, but should stand on its own. By-laws were formulated and accepted October 2, 1978. On July 30, 1985, WCFK became a charter member of the Michigan Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Purpose: Child abuse and neglect prevention The Council charged itself with the responsibility of stimulating public awareness in order to maximize resources, improve and expand the quality, scope, continuity and availability of services for children. WCFK seeks to assist care givers, parents, and families through community-wide planning and education aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect. WCFK is dedicated to formulating and/or promoting programs which inform and educate for the purpose of preventing child abuse and neglect.
Governance: 501c3 Non-profit organization It is governed by a 17 member Board of Directors made of 8 mandated agency representatives and 9 community representatives.
The Board meets monthly. Chair is Marty Combs, Vice-Chair is Jacquelyn Babinski , and Mary Ellen Clery is the part time Executive Director. It is affiliated with the Children's Trust Fund.
Funding: State and Local The largest source of funds is the B-93 Roofsit. The Council also receives funds from Children's Trust Fund and local organizations including the United Way of Montcalm County. Its total budget is about $40,000 a year.
Programs and Activities: Develop annual prevention plan Annual Programming : We teach the Protect Yourself Curriculum in the first and third grade classrooms throughout Montcalm County., Support of local community projects, and Family Fun Day.
Annual Community Training : We have sponsored trainings such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Suicide Prevention and Mandated Reporter.