St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council Inc.




The St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council began in 1984 when a group of local professionals working in the field of child abuse formed a group specifically directed at PREVENTION in St. Clair County.  During the organization’s formative years, a single employee laid the groundwork; by-laws were developed, 501(c) 3 status was obtained, a strong board of directors was assembled and fundraising events were established as the group’s main funding source.  As the years passed, community support grew, the Council received prevention grants (local, state, and federal) and additional employees were brought on board.   In 2001, the Council offices which had been housed in a variety of locations (generously donated by Community Mental Health and Department of Human Services) leased an office at 411 Fort Street in Port Huron and the group became truly independent for the first time.

In 2007, after an intense fundraising campaign, a building was purchased at 1107 Military Street, Port Huron, and renovated to become both Council’s administrative headquarters and the Blue Water Area Child Advocacy Center.  The Council’s mission expanded – and now included the phrase “strives to protect the dignity of all children” – and the forensic interviewing of alleged child sexual abuse victims began.    Since the building’s formal opening in 2007, over 1,500 alleged child abuse victims have been forensically interviewed on site and prevention programming has reached over 50,000 students county-wide.

The St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council is truly a grass roots organization which due to the support of a caring community has risen to heights far beyond that envisioned by its original creators.   It has become a voice for children, a support for parents, and a dependable community resource.  It is visible in terms of two major fundraising events, is a designated local council of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund and operates a fully accredited (National Children’s Alliance) Child Advocacy Center.   The Council and its staff have been honored many times through the years for exemplary programming, community outreach and overall integrity in serving the community in support of their firmly held belief that…


“It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.”






The St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council works toward the prevention and ultimate elimination of child abuse and neglect and strives to protect the dignity of all children.