Kalamazoo

County Information 

Contact Children's Protective Services in Kalamazoo County
U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts for Kalamazoo County 

CTF Designated Local Council 

Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Council 
Prevention Area Served: Kalamazoo County
Grant Tier: 3 ($20,000)

Address: 
420 E. Alcott St., Ste. 500
Kalamazoo, MI 49001-6154
Phone: 269-552-4430
 

Coordinator: Sarah Joshi
Email: kalamazoocan420@gmail.com


Direct Service Grants 

Bethany Christian Services 
Prevention Area Served: Kalamazoo County
Grant Number: CTFDS17-39001
Grant Period: FY17-FY20
Website: Bethany Christian Services

Address: 
6687 Seeco Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009-5970
Phone: 616-307-7115

Coordinator: Mark Dillingham
Email: mdillingham@bethany.org
 
Project: The Safe Families for Children (SFFC) program is a viable community based approach to preserving families by providing an extended community safety net. Volunteer families give back to their community through becoming the safety net for families in crisis. The program is reducing the rate of child abuse and neglect through temporary emergency care for children whose parents are in a crisis situation, and who require time to receive help for potentially debiltating problems without the fear of losing custody of their children through the foster care system.


Catholic Family Services 
Prevention Area Served: Kalamazoo County
Grant Number: CTFDS18-39001
Grant Period: FY18-FY21
Website: Catholic Family Services 

Address:
1819 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-1611
Phone: 269-381-9800x217
 

Coordinator: Kerry Williams
Email: kerrywilliams@ccdok.org

Project: The Seeds for Success Parents as Teachers Consortium began providing services in 2012 to reach families who were literally "failing through the cracks" in our community. By providing home-based services and using a proven model, Seeds for Success has been able to engage over 300 families each year (345 so far in 2017) and to produce positive outcomes working alongside these families. The families we serve often have a variety of high needs characteristics. Currently, 14% are teen parents, 82% come from low income households, 35% have low educational attainment (not high school diploma or GED), 21% are dealing with substance abuse issues in their immediate family, 12% are homeless (not including those precariously housed), and 21% are currently or have dealt with domestic violence in their households. As the Kalamazoo County data presented above indicates, however, there are still significant gaps in service in Kalamazoo and the knowledge of these gaps -- specifically for homeless families and famiies experiencing significant barriers to accessing early education services -- led directly to the development of this proposal. 

The Parents as Teachers model, currently successfully used by the Consortium, will be utilized to serve these high-risk families. The model has been proven to effectively impact families with multiple high needs characteristics, such as these. Services will be provided to each family in their homes -- homeless families will be served at shelters, in transitional housing, or in other safe community locations -- overcoming barriers o access and transportation. Parent Educators will use a variety of proven techniques, including routine assessment/screening, personal home visits, group connections, and access to a strong resource network as they engage and support families.