To Report Abuse or Neglect Call 855-444-3911

About Us

Our Mission

To educate and advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect; to prevent child abuse before it happens.

Our Vision

An involved and informed community where all children live free from abuse and neglect.

Our History

KCAN  started in March 1976 by volunteers from the Service Club (now Junior League of Kalamazoo) in response to the concern of many agencies within the county about the issues of child abuse and neglect. In June 1978, the council was incorporated as a non-profit corporation and received 501(c)(3) tax status. 

Board & Staff

Cynthia Bush, President

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Court Appointed Special Advocates

Jaynie Fawley, Vice President

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Michigan Nanny Authority

Kelly Kucinich, Secretary

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Court Appointed Special Advocates

Bobbi Casey

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Wraparound Services for Youth

Amanda Heitman

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Department of Health & Human Services

Sara Helmer

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Western Michigan University

Chris Ann Johnson

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Office of the Prosecuting Attorney

Deb Lenz

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Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services

Caitlyn Potter

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Christina Quick

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Bronson Children's Hospital

Ashlee Starke

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Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative

Sarah O. Joshi, MPA

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Executive Director

Jessica Griffioen

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Work Group Chair:

Super Hero Fun Run

Sara Helmer

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Work Group Chair:

Mandated Reporter Training

Kim von Oeyen

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Work Group Chair:

Children's Education

Vacant

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Work Group Chair:

Family Help Book

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Work Group Chair:

Child Abuse Prevention Month