C.A.N. - Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

We believe that the KEY to the prevention of child abuse and neglect is providing education, training, and support to our community and their families. All programs are offered to Gratiot County residents.

Baby Pantry - Open each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., our Baby Pantry provides free diapers, formula, food, clothing, and more. Open to all Gratiot County residents with children under 5 years of age.

Donations are accepted during our normal business hours. We cannot accept the following items due to safety hazards and concerns: expired and/or previously opened food and formula, medication, cribs, crib bumpers, wedges or positioners, and car seat accessories.

Volunteers are always needed. We rely on volunteers to help us run the pantry when it's open, and help with organization and restocking when it's closed. Anyone interested in becoming a Baby Pantry volunteer may contact us for more information.

CAN Committee - The Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Committee is focused on bringing community awareness to the prevention of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect of children living in Gratiot County. The committee meets bi-monthly on the second Tuesday. Those interested in joining the CAN Committee may contact us for more information. 

Car Seat Safety Inspection - It is estimated that 98% of car seats are not installed properly. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to assess proper fit and installation, check for recalls, and ensure the car seat is not expired. Contact our office to schedule a car seat inspection today! There is a limited number of replacement seats available for eligible families. See eligibility details here.

Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children Training - A child sexual abuse prevention training providing the tools to prevent, recognize, and  react responsibility to child sexual abuse. This is a great training opportunity for parents, teachers, childcare providers, health practitioners, social workers, or anyone working with children. Each 2.5 hour training is presented in a group setting and led by a Darkness to Light Authorized Facilitator.

Foster/Adoptive/Relative Care Support Group - Meet and interact with caretakers who have similar experiences and stressors. This group provides social support, community networking of resources, group facilitation, and professional training. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, and childcare is provided.

Parenting Classes - Child Advocacy offers a variety of parenting classes throughout the year. These include Nurturing Parenting, ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, and Positive Discipline. A description of our classes can be found here. 

Mandated Reporter Training - Mandated Reporters are required by law to report child abuse and neglect concerns. This 2-hour training provides updates on current Child Protection Laws and the Mandated Reporter's responsibility under law.

The "Protect Yourself" Program - This program offers self-protection and safety lessons, teaching children how to recognize and respond to abductions and abusive situations.  Available through Gratiot County elementary schools.


For more information on any of our Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention programs, classes, or trainings, contact us at (989) 462-1422 
or toll free 800-522-4489.