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2016 - 2017

State Plan
for Strengthening Michigans
Children & Families
The Childrens Trust Fund serves as a voice for Michigans children and
families and promotes their health, safety and welfare by funding effective local programs
and services that prevent child abuse and neglect.
The 2016-2017 State Plan for Strengthening Michigans Children & Families describes
the ways in which the Childrenstable
Trustof Fund has
content organized
goes here efforts to respond to its critical
mission to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Highlights and Collaborative Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Direct Service Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Map of Funded Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Local Councils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9
Special Programs and Initiatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
Fund Development and Donors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-17
Childrens Advocate Award Recipients & Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19
Board of Directors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21

2013/2014/2015 CTF Revenues 2013/2014/2015 CTF Expenses

Program Support 12%

Auction Administration
12% Federal Support 19% Replenish Rainy Day
License Plate Sales 4% 37% Reserves 12%
Tax Campaign 3%
Other 4% Fund Development 5%
Return to
Trust Investments Grants Trust Corpus 1%
40% 52%

$9,597,847.21 $9,597,847.21
Message from the Leadership

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Childrens Trust Fund staff and our state and local
partners, it is our pleasure to present the 2016-2017 State Plan for Strengthening
Michigans Children & Families.

The Childrens Trust Fund (CTF) is Michigans long-standing state leader for child abuse and neglect
prevention efforts. We are supporting a statewide network of 73 local councils that bring a voice to the
critical role of prevention in a full array of services for children and families. At any time we are funding
over 20 community direct service programs which target the needs of the most vulnerable and challenged
families. We are leading or collaborating on critical policy and education efforts on research and cutting-edge
approaches to serving families.

The CTF was established in 1982 as an organization to lead child abuse and neglect prevention efforts for
the State of Michigan. The organization functions as a public non-profit with a Board of Directors appointed
by the Governor and is housed within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The vision
for CTF was that of Dr. Ray Helfer, a pediatrician from Lansing who at the time was a nationally recognized
expert on child abuse and neglect and its consequences for the children who were victims. Dr. Helfer recognized
the need for a protected fund that would be available to serve families who may have risks and challenges in
their circumstances and would benefit from support. Further, he recognized that, if such a fund was to be stable,
it needed to be protected and insulated from resources that are used to intervene once abuse or neglect has
occurred. His vision led to the creation of Michigans Childrens Trust Fund.

This 2016-2017 plan and 2013-2015 report contains information both on the work with which we are currently
involved as well as our plans moving forward for continuous quality services and improvement. We remain
committed to being a voice in the public policy arena for child abuse prevention. We hope that this plan and
report inspires you to be a partner in our efforts to make Michigan the best place for all children to reach their
fullest potential.

Lorinda M. Wrtz Michael D. Foley

Chair, Board of Directors Executive Director
Childrens Trust Fund Childrens Trust Fund
Highlights and Collaborative Par tners

Major Leadership Initiatives

Strengthening Families in Michigan Citizen Review Panel for Prevention

Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevent Child Abuse America

Period of PURPLE Crying in conjunction with the National The National Alliance of Childrens Trust and Prevention Funds
Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome Child Trafficking
Parent Leadership Safe Sleep

Collaborative Partners
CTF staff works with numerous organizations and initiatives:
Child Trafficking Protocol Interagency Task Force Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Circle of Parents Michigan Fatherhood Coalition
Citizen Review Panel for Prevention Michigan KIDS Count
Early Childhood Investment Corporation Michigan League for Public Policy
Great Start Systems Team National Alliance of Childrens Trust and Prevention Funds
Lansing Area Exchange Club Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event Advisory Committee
Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Parent Leadership in State Government Advisory Board
Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Parenting Awareness Michigan
Development National Steering Committee Prevent Child Abuse America
Michigans Children Michigan Infant Safe Sleep Advisory Committee
Michigan Coalition for Children and Families University of Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Conference

The Childrens Trust Fund truly is the voice of Michigans

children. Its helping hand reaches to every county
in the State of Michigan to offer guidance, support and
services that enhance the prevention services each county
is able to provide its local residents. Prevention truly is
the key to stopping child abuse and neglect. Thank you,
Childrens Trust Fund, for your support of our local council.

Direc t Ser vice Grants

Overview Local Efforts Funded by Direct Service Grants

The purpose of CTF Direct Service grants is to fund child Services funded through CTF Direct Service grants
abuse and neglect prevention efforts in communities throughout strengthen families through the use of a Protective Factors
Michigan. Funding is awarded through a competitive bid process Framework (see page 4). This framework is a research-based
and is focused on families with risk factors or challenges that, approach to serving children and families. When used in a
if left unattended, could impact positive parenting and optimal high quality and comprehensive way, it strengthens families
child development. The goal is to work collaboratively with by building resiliency, and mitigates the circumstances that
other services and funding sources so that communities build can result in child abuse and neglect. Examples of currently
a framework of protection and support for all children and funded services using the Protective Factors Framework
families. When done comprehensively, the incidences of child include:
abuse and neglect are reduced.
Home visitation services
Direct Service Grants Specialized support for fathers and families with an
CTF places a high value incarcerated parent
on assuring the effective
CTF Support Parent education classes and parent support groups
and efficient use of the
funds. This is accomplished
to Direct Service Respite care services
both through the planning Grantees Parent mentoring and socialization
and implementation at Bi-monthly workgroup
the local level as well as Youth mentoring programs
providing technical
assistance and support. Annual training to bring
together international,
Prospective Direct Service national and local experts in
grantees develop their
the field of child abuse and
proposals based on
neglect prevention
locally determined
priorities. Local Councils New grantee orientation on
review and endorse data reporting and technical
proposals prior to support
submission to ensure
that proposals are aligned Site visits
with community needs.

CTF plans and manages a bi-monthly workgroup meeting

with Direct Service grantees to provide a forum for sharing
information and ideas, and strengthening practices and

Grant activities are monitored on an on-going basis both

quantitatively and qualitatively - to assure service level benchmarks
are reached and intended outcomes are addressed.

A client assessment tool is implemented to ensure the delivered

programing met the needs of clients in the community.

Direc t Ser vice Grants

Protective Factors Framework

2016-2017 Plan
Research studies support the common-sense notion that when
Award a new series of CTF Direct Service grants through
protective factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of
child abuse and neglect diminishes. Protective factors build family a competitive bid process in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child CTF will assure that funded services are designed to serve the
and youth development. at-risk families.
Parental Resilience: Resilience is the ability to manage and bounce Ensure Direct Service grants are awarded through a competitive
back from all types of challenges that emerge in every familys life process based on level of need, performance and state-wide
and knowing how to seek help when necessary. geographic balance.
Social Connections: Networks of support are essential to parents. Provide training, orientation and technical assistance to
Social connections provide emotional support, help solve problems, Direct Service grantees on a variety of topics including:
offer parenting advice and give concrete assistance to parents. evaluation, data collection and year-end reporting.
Concrete Support in Times of Need: Meeting basic economic
needs like food, shelter, clothing and health care is essential for Host a Direct Service work group on a bi-monthly basis.
families to thrive. Topics of interest will be solicited from grantees.
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development: Accurate Broaden the use of year-end outcome reports submitted
information about child development and appropriate expectations by grantees. CTF will:
for childrens behavior at every age help parents see their children and
youth in a positive light and promote their healthy development. Review the strengths of the work.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children: Childrens ability A
 ssess challenges that grantees experience in reaching
to interact positively with others, self-regulate their behavior and intended outcomes.
effectively communicate their feelings has a positive impact on their D
 iscuss the technical support needed to improve the
relationships with their family, other adults, and peers. Challenging
services delivered.
behaviors or delayed development create extra stress for families, so
early identification and assistance for both parents and children can
head off negative results and keep development on track.

Direc t Ser vice Grantees 2 0 1 3 - 2 0 1 5

Arbor Circle His Love Family Resources

Project: Healthy Start, Home Visitation Project: Family Resource Parent Education Program
Berrien County Health Department Huron County Health Department
Project: Positive Parenting Program(Triple P) Project: Healthy Families Home Visitation
Bethany Christian Services of Michigan Keweenaw Family Resource Center
Project: Safe Families for Children Project: Ready, Set, Grow Program, Home Visitation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marquette Lenawee Intermediate School District
and Alger Counties, Inc. Project: Parents as Teachers, Home Visitation
Project: Girl Power Specialized Prevention
and Mentorship Livingston Area Council Against Spouse Abuse, Inc.
Project: Positive Parenting Program, Home Visitation, Healthy
Branch/Hillsdale/St. Joseph Community Families Home Visitation & Nurturing Parenting Program
Health Agency
Project: Parents as Teachers, Healthy Beginnings Teen Michigan State University- Saginaw
Project: Building Early Emotional Skills(BEES), Parent
Cadillac Area OASIS/ Family Resource Center Education Program
Project: Family Links Program, Parents as Teachers
Motherly Intercession
CARE of Southeastern Michigan Project: Strengthening Incarcerated Families Program
Project: Nurturing Skills
Catholic Charities West Michigan Oakland Family Services
Project: Muskegon Healthy Families Program, Muskegon Project: Parents as Teachers Program, Parent Education
Healthy Families Prenatal Program Power Inc.
Catholic Family Services Project: Parents Night Out program
Project: Healthy Families America Program, Caring Network Student Advocacy Center of Michigan
Catholic Social Services Washtenaw County Project: School Visits, Home Visitation,
Project: Healthy Families Washtenaw Program Summer Camp Program
Child Advocacy Center of Shiawassee County The Guidance Center
Project: Parent Education, Home Visitation Program Project: My Time Respite Care Program
center-of-shiawassee-county Van Buren Intermediate School District
Childrens Aid Society Project: Great Start Baby Links Home Visitation
Project: Nurturing Family West Midland Family Center
Community Fatherhood Project: Parents and Teens Together (PATT) Program
Project: Nurturing Parenting Fathers Matter Program Womens Resource Center of Livingston County
Eaton RESA Project: Healthy Family Livingston (HFL) Program
Project: Parents as Teachers Program
Family Service & Childrens Aid
Project: Nurturing Parent Education Program
Pro gra m s Fu n d e d 2 0 1 3 - 2 0 1 5


Local Council $5,000

Local Council $10,000

Local Council $20,000

D Direct Services Programs

C Circle of Parents Programs

Local Councils

Local Councils have as their primary purpose the Thank you so much for the Welcome Newborns Program.
development and facilitation of a collaborative community I am 40 years of age and had my first child. I didnt think
prevention program within a specific geographic area. Local I would benefit from the Welcome Newborns program, but
Councils help assure that every county has a prevention presence. it has been a lifesaver! My mom and I watched the Period
of PURPLE Crying and Happiest Baby on the Block
Local Councils develop their programming based on defined local
DVDs. Every new parent should see them. The Program
needs. Funding is typically used for primary prevention activities
(prior to any abuse or neglect being identified), including: public has made me a better Mom! Anonymous
awareness campaigns; parent education and youth mentoring
programs; trainings and annual conferences; capacity building; Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month
and violence prevention programs. All programming is based on Overview: April is recognized as Child Abuse Prevention (CAP)
the Protective Factors Framework (see page 4), which is built from Month and anually celebrated across Michigan. CTF promotes
research-based concepts that help prevent child abuse and neglect. CAP month via state and local education and advocacy efforts.
Local councils also play a role in the process of awarding grants to
Direct Service programs. Pinwheels for Prevention: Pinwheels for Prevention is a
nationwide campaign of Prevent Child Abuse America
Local Council Programming (PCAA). CTF distributes pinwheels to Local Councils
throughout the state to promote CAP Month.
Local Councils collaborate frequently with community partners
and other Local Councils throughout the year. Examples of R
 esource Materials: CTF produces and posts on its website a
Local Council programming include: comprehensive CAP Month toolkit with tools and resources
to highlight the value of a comprehensive, evidence-based
Child sexual abuse prevention, parenting (including infant
approach to child abuse prevention.
safe sleep and infant head trauma prevention), anti-bullying,
mandated reporter and training sessions to the professional Capital Rally: CTF sponsors Prevention Awareness Day.
community. The event includes a procession and ceremonial planting of
Car seat safety inspections. a pinwheel garden. A Legislative Education Day component
Information booth staffing. is part of the days events to enable participants to speak
directly to their legislators about prevention issues and efforts.
Baby pantry support.
Newspaper articles.
2016-2017 CAP Month Plan
Public service announcements.
CTF will continue to provide statewide leadership for CAP
2016-2017 Plan Month initiatives to heighten awareness and educate about child
abuse and neglect prevention, to include:
Host a monthly Local Council workgroup meeting.
Conduct regional meetings. 1) The Prevention Awareness Day rally event at the State
Sponsor an annual training. Capitol in recognition of CAP Month, including a
Legislative Education Day component.
Facilitate Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month activities.
Provide ongoing training and technical support. 2) The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign which includes
Educate and promote Safe Sleep practices. providing pinwheels to Local Councils.
Provide training and technical assistance to Local Councils. 3) The development of a CAP Month toolkit.
Encourage Local Council collaboration. 4) A continued collaboration with MDHHS and the Governors
The CTF will collaborate with state, federal and Office to secure the designation of April as Child Abuse
private entities to improve the capacity to deliver high Prevention Month.
quality prevention services.
The CTF will review programming and other data to advance
Local Council continuous quality improvement endeavors.

Local Councils


Northeast Michigan Community Berrien Council for Children Eaton Child Abuse Prevention Council
Partnership, Inc. GENESEE
ALLEGAN BRANCH Weiss Child Advocacy Center
Safe Harbor Childrens Advocacy Center Branch County Council for Child Abuse and Neglect GLADWIN
ALPENA/PRESQUE ISLE CALHOUN Gladwin County Child Abuse and
Alpena/Presque Isle Child Abuse and Calhoun Child Abuse and Neglect Neglect Council
Neglect Team Prevention Council GOGEBIC CHARLEVOIX/EMMET Dove, Inc., Gogebic County Child
ANTRIM Child Abuse Council of Charlevoix and Protection Council
Antrim County Child Abuse and Emmet Counties
Neglect Council GRAND TRAVERSE/
Arenac County Child Protection Council Cheboygan County Child Advocacy Traverse Bay Childrens Advocacy Center
Superior Child Abuse Prevention Council Chippewa Council for Youth & Families Gratiot County Child Advocacy CLARE Association
BARRY Clare County Youth Council
Family Support Center of Barry County CLINTON HILLSDALE Clinton County Council for the Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness
BAY Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Hillsdale County
Child Abuse and Neglect Council Great
Lakes Bay Region, Bay County CRAWFORD/ROSCOMMON HURON Child Protection Council Huron County Child Abuse and
BENZIE Neglect Council
Benzie County Child Abuse Community Foundation of
Prevention Council the Upper Peninsula/Delta County INGHAM Child and Family Charities
Ionia County Council for Prevention
of Child Abuse and Neglect
Iosco County Child Protection Council
Childrens Advocacy Network
Child and Family Enrichment Council
Council for the Prevention
of Child Abuse and Neglect
of Jackson County

Local Councils


Kalamazoo County Child Abuse Midland County Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention
and Neglect Council Child Protection Council Council SCHOOLCRAFT
KENT MONROE Schoolcraft County Child Abuse and
Family Futures Monroe County Child Advocacy Neglect Council Network SHIAWASSEE
LAKE MONTCALM Child Advocacy Center of Shiawassee
Lake County Council for Prevention We Care for Kids Council County
of Child Abuse and Neglect
The Child Advocacy Center Child Protection Council St. Clair County Child Abuse and
of Lapeer County Neglect Council, Inc. MUSKEGON
Child Abuse Council of Muskegon County
Lenawee County Child Abuse St. Joseph Council for Prevention of
and Neglect Council NEWAYGO Child Abuse and Neglect
Newaygo County Council for the
LIVINGSTON Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect TUSCOLA
LACASA Tuscola County Health Department/ Tuscola County Child Abuse and Neglect
OAKLAND Prevention Council
LUCE CARE House of Oakland County/
Luce County Child Protection Council
Child Abuse and Neglect Council
MACKINAC of Oakland County VAN BUREN
Mackinac County Child Protection Van Buren Council for Prevention of
Roundtable Child Abuse and Neglect
MACOMB Communities Overcoming WASHTENAW
Macomb County Child Advocacy Violent Encounters Washtenaw - Council for Children
Center/Care House, Inc. OGEMAW WAYNE
MANISTEE Ogemaw County Child Protection Childs Hope
Manistee County Family Advocates Council


Alger Marquette Ontonagon County Child Protection The Guidance Center/Kids TALK CAC
Community Action Board Council OSCEOLA WEXFORD/MISSAUKEE
MASON Osceola Childrens Council Wexford-Missaukee Child Protection
Communities Overcoming Council
Violent Encounters, Mason
OTSEGO Otsego County Child Welfare Alliance
Mecosta County Childrens Council Pathways, MI
Menominee County Intermediate Child Abuse and Neglect Council Great
School District Lakes Bay Region

Donor History 2013-2015

$100,000 - $110,000

Formerly Great Lakes Capital Fund

$50,000 - $99,999

$30,000 - $49,999

Donor History 2013-2015

$20,000 - $29,999

Auction Gallery

$10,000 - $19,999

Donor History 2013-2015

$10,000 - $19,999 continued

$5,000 - $9,999

Peter & Danielle


M&MS Farms The Honorable

Arlan Meekhof

Donor History 2013-2015

$5,000 - $9,999 continued

Michelle & Linden

Nelson Family Trust

The Honorable
Randy Richardville

$4,999 - $2,500 Michigan Council for Maternal and $2,499 - $1,000

Accident Fund Holdings Child Health All Grand Events
Advance America, Cash Advance Michigan Farm Bureau Arendsen Jewelers
Auto-Owners Insurance Company Michigan International Speedway Atheneum Suite Hotel
Beaumont Health System Michigan Senate Republican Caucus The Honorable Jack Brandenburg
University of Michigan Alumni Association PK Contracting Francie Brown
Capital City Sports Auctions The Honorable Dick Posthumus & Sylvia Brown Jones
Chesapeake Community Advisors, Inc. BethAnn Posthumus Childrens Hospital of Michigan
Wendell & Helen Christoff Secchia Family Foundation Chippewa Acres Farm
Clark Hill, PLC Sprint CIGNA
Compuware Corporation The Sterling Corporation Comerica Bank
Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC The Steve Van Andel Foundation Continental Management
Mark Davidoff Richard Stokes The Honorable Maura Corrigan
Development Finance Group Truscott Rossman Dan Stall, Inc.
HTC Global Services, Inc. University of Michigan Dell
Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Wayne State University - Detroit Regional Chamber
Mackinac Bridge Authority Kappa Delta Sorority The Dick & Betsy DeVos
Mark McDaniel The Honorable Ronald Weiser & Family Foundation
Michigan Association of Business Eileen Weiser Dewpoint
Professionals of America Whitmer Charitable Foundation Dickinson Wright, PLLC
Michigan Association of Health Plans WWP Strategies The Honorable Gretchen Driskell
Young Broadcasting - WLNS TV-6 Eastbrook Homes

Donor History 2013-2015

The Honorable John Engler MSU Federal Credit Union Goldfish Swim School
Michael Foley & Ann Routt National Wine and Spirits of Michigan Gordon Food Service
Ford Motor Company OBrien Construction Company, Inc. Greektown Casino Hotel
Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap Deborah OBrien Richard Herrmann
Bruce Gerhart Courtney Piotrowski & Charles Smith Karl Ieuter
Grand Traverse Pie Company Plante Moran Infinity & Ovation Yacht Charters
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa The Honorable Lisa Posthumus Lyons Island House Hotel
Handcrafted Portraits The Honorable John Proos LaFarge North America
Kenneth Hayward Protect Painters Lake Superior State University
HealthPlus of Michigan The Honorable Al Pscholka Lansing Association of Black Social
Renze Hoeksema Public Sector Consultants Workers
The Honorable Ken Horn Quicken Loans Live Nation Entertainment
J. C. Huizenga Timothy & Donna Quinlan Lockworx Aveda Salon
IBM Andrew Richner MGM Grand Detroit
Integratec Services, LLC Brian & Tiffany Rooney Michigan Association of Counties
Kentwood Office Furniture Vivek & Amy Sankaran Michigan Association of School Boards
David & Betsy Klein The Honorable Bill Schuette & Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers
KMG Prestige, Inc. Cynthia Schuette Michigan Dental Association
The Honorable Mike Kowall Scofes & Associates Consulting, Inc. Michigan Housing Council
Lake Lansing Family Practice SEMCO Energy Michigan League for Public Policy
Lake Trust Credit Union Spartan Stores Michigan Public Health Institute
Lansing Area Exchange Club Spectrum Health Midland Area Community Foundation
Lansing Fire Department - Local 421 Sproles Governmental Consulting MSU Department of Advertising,
LarC Properties Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Public Relations & Retailing
LA-Z-BOY TEKsystems The Honorable Mike Nofs
Lockwood Companies The Dirty Helens Oakland University
Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Troppo Palace Sports & Entertainment
Gotting, Inc. W. K. Kellogg Foundation Doug Paterson
Love Botswana Outreach Mission Waste Management Payable Guide Service, LLC
Martin Waymire Whirlpool Corporation PNC Bank
McLaren Greater Lansing Melissa Yutzey Roman Manufacturing
MDHHS - Business Service Centers Rome Properties, LLC
MDHHS - Children Services $999 - $500 Saginaw Valley State University
Administration Acuitas Saper Galleries and Custom Framing
MDHHS - Field Operations Amtrak Sea Glass Fine Art Photography
Administration The Honorable James Ananich Senior PGA Championship
Dave and Peggy Meador Belle Tire Shinola Detroit
MHT Housing Duane Berger Shirkey, Michael
Michigan Bankers Association The Honorable Virg Bernero Shortt Dental
Michigan Department of Environmental Boyne T J Acquisitions, LLC
Quality Bruce Family Foundation The Craft Agency, Inc.
Michigan Education Special Services Capital Area Career Center The Granger Group
Association Capitol National Bank Tullymore Golf Club
Michigan Legislative Consultants Common Ground Music Festival Two Men and A Truck
Michigan Manufacturers Association Marjorie Crossman UFCW Local 951
Michigan State Police Kenneth & Christine Cymbalski University of Michigan - Dearborn
Michigan State University Detroit Lions Vail Resorts
Michigan Department of Talent & Matthew DeWolf Lynn Weimeister
Economic Development Douglas J Salon and Spa Welded Creations Plus
Midwest Strategy Group Eastern Michigan University Wharton Center
Miller Canfield Edge Partnerships Willow Creek Golf Club
MiSDU/Informatix Experience Grand Rapids Ronald Wilson
Nancy Moody Firekeepers Casino Hotel Wines for Humanity
MotorCity Casino Hotel Frontier Development Group

C h i l d r e n s A d v o c a t e A w a r d R e c i p i e n t s

The Childrens Trust Fund Childrens Advocate Award began in 2012. The award is presented annually at the
Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event. Awardees are Michigan citizens who are passionate voices for programs, services
and policies that support the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Michigan. The Michigan Childrens Trust Fund is proud to
have honored the following Childrens Advocate Award recipients.

Governor Rick Snyder Nancy Moody

2012 Award Recipient 2013 Award Recipient
The CTF honored the Governor with Nancy Moody is a dedicated advocate
the inaugural Childrens Advocate for Michigans children. Named to
Award. Among his significant accom- the CTF Board of Directors in 2004,
plishments are: the extension of foster Moody served as board chair for six
care support for young people up to years. She was instrumental in the
age 21; support for the child abuse efforts to re-establish CTF as a taxpayer
prevention mission of the CTF; and check-off donation option which
the hiring of hundreds of social work- underwrites the $24 million Childrens
ers to help reduce caseloads and improve outcomes for families Trust in the Treasury. She provided leadership for the annual
and children across Michigan. The Governor is a vocal advocate auction fundraising efforts while on the board and continued
for early childhood programs. The Pam Posthumus Signature those efforts after her tenure, with over $3 million raised under her
Auction Event benefits greatly by the Governors willingness to leadership. As board chair, she was a strong and clear voice to
attend and be part of the Child Advocate Award presentation. assure that the mission of CTF, as the lead organization for child
abuse and neglect prevention, was protected and strengthened.
Senate Majority Leader
Randy Richardville Carol Goss
2013 Award Recipient 2014 Award Recipient
Former Senator Randy Richardville, Carol Goss, former president and
a longtime supporter of the Childrens CEO of the Skillman Foundation,
Trust Fund and an advocate for promoted a vision that child abuse
Michigans children and families, and neglect are intolerable for all
supported a legislative initiative to Michigans children, and supporting
establish an Heirloom Birth Certificate families is a responsibility we all share.
in memory of Pam Posthumus the Her tireless efforts to strengthen fam-
proceeds of which support CTF. Richardville served as a ilies aligns closely with the mission of
legislative co-chair for the Pam Posthumus Signature Auction the CTF. Her nationally recognized leadership in education reform
Event with impressive results. Under his leadership the event and her focus on neighborhoods have come together to positively
raised over $3 million. As part of his legacy in support of impact the lives of countless children and families. Goss work
health and well-being of Michigans children, Richardville exemplifies the vision of the CTF to assure that all children thrive
was a chairman of the board of Monroe County Head Start and reach their greatest potential.
and Tomorrows Child.

Maura Corrigan 2015 Award Recipient

Maura Corrigan was director of what was then the Michigan Department of Human Services from 2011
to 2014, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court 1998 to 2011, and Chief Justice 2001 to 2004. As a
passionate advocate for Michigans children and families, Corrigan championed the importance of the
prevention work done by the CTF by assuring the work of CTF was valued as an integral piece of the full
continuum of services needed for Michigans vulnerable children and families. Among her lasting legacies at
DHS, was her involvement in the Fostering Futures program to support education needs of youth aging out
of the foster care system.

C h i l d r e n s A d v o c a t e A w a r d A r t i s t s

Artists The Childrens Advocate Award is a unique, original Michigan-made artwork aimed at capturing the special essence,
wonder and promise of childhood. A local Michigan artist is annually selected for their skill and expertise. CTF is honored to have
worked with the following artists and grateful for their contributions.

Zahrah Resh Doug DeLind

Counting on You Honoring Our
For 2012, the Childrens Lineage
Advocate Award was an For 2014, the Childrens
original painting by East Advocate Award was an
Lansing artist Zahrah Resh. original Raku tile designed
Counting On You is a by local artist Doug DeLind.
colorful painting of Raku is a strange and exciting
numbers, demonstrating firing technique which
the significance of every originated in Japan and is now
persons physical, practiced all over the world.
psychological and mental The drama of the firing is
growth. The painting evidenced in the colorful and
represents education, unpredictable effect it has on
friends, life experiences and the glazes and clay body the result of extreme temperatures and
relationships that children have as they grow. The medley of atmospheric changes. DeLind has been a skilled clay sculptor for more
digits begins with simplicity, representing those basic elements than 35 years. His abstract style of art totemizes the human face and
all children start with, but as time goes on demanding formulas form in meaningful ways in order to honor the lineage and history of
emerge, signifying maturity, and wholeness. The work is to be cultures. DeLinds work can be seen throughout the United States.
a catalyst of action, Resh said. I want people to consider all of
the things that children go through and that they are Counting Lee Kronenberg
On You.
Quiet Embrace
Craig Mitchell For 2015, the Childrens
Advocate Award was an origi-
Smith Cherish nal sculpture designed by artist
For 2013, the Childrens Lee Kronenberg. Kronenbergs
Advocate Award is an intent in designing the award,
original, stunning Quiet Embrace, was to
hand-crafted piece of glass create a sculpture that would
sculptured artwork, titled immediately evoke feelings of
Cherish and designed by relaxation, serenity and joy.
local artist Craig Mitchell The shape was designed to
Smith. Glass to Mitchell suggest a protective embrace
Smith is a metaphor of as would be imparted by a
the human condition. loving parent to a child. The gentle curves strong and almost
At its best, it is colorful unending signify the need for never-ending support of children.
and transparent, The shine in the metal is to honor the recipient, an individual
brittle when cold and malleable when warm, stronger than who has given much to improve the lives of children throughout
it looks, enduring the ages if treated with care and respect. Michigan. Kronenberg formerly worked for MDHHS in the
Mitchell Smiths work extends throughout the United States, Bureau of Child and Family Services.
England and Asia.

CTF Board of Directors

Lorinda M. Wrtz Susan Broman John H. Brown

Chair, Representing Representing Representing
Religious Community Department of Education Private Sector

Mark A. Davidoff Sgt. Keith Disselkoen Lena R. Epstein

Representing Representing Representing
Business Community Michigan State Police General Public

Bill Hardiman Karl T. Ieuter Shelley A. Kester

Representing Health Representing Representing
and Human Services General Public Volunteers

CTF Board of Directors

Mark S. McDaniel Andra M. Rush Vivek S. Sankaran

Representing Representing Representing
Parents Business Community Legal Community

Per Public Act 250 of 1982, the

Childrens Trust Fund is composed
of 15 board members. Eleven
public members are appointed
by the governor with the advice
and consent of the Senate and
four state departments designate
representatives to the Board.

CTF recognizes the following

past board members who served
with distinction and completed
their term during 2013-2015:
Sgt. Yvonne Brantley, Lisa Canada,
Deb L. Shaughnessy Rashmi Travis Alethia Carr, Mike Flanagan,
Sgt. Mark Pravato, Brian Rooney
Representing Representing Health and Carol Wolenberg.
General Public and Human Services

Childrens Trust Fund Staff

Left to Right:
Emily Schuster-Wachsberger, MA, LPC
Local Council Coordinator
Alan Stokes, MBA, MDiv.
Research Analyst
Michael Foley, MSW
Executive Director
Patricia Headley, BS
Fund Development Coordinator
Scott Addison, BA
Grant Coordinator

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P.O. Box 30037, Suite 1411 Lansing, MI 48909-7537

235 S. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933
1-800-CHILDREN 517-373-4320 517-241-7038 (Fax)

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