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Our Mission & Approach
Grounded in the philosophy “it shouldn’t hurt to be a child” St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
An established 501(c)3 non-profit organization, St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council offers a wide array of programs and services to educate and advocate for the health, safety, and welfare of children to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs.
Through collaboration with its membership, community partners, and funding sources – along with the generosity of countless donors, St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council serves as the voice for the children of St. Clair County.
St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council was established by a group of professionals working in the field of child abuse who identified a need to educate in an effort to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurred. Sally Straffon was hired as the organization’s first Executive Director.
St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council moved its office to 411 Fort Street in Port Huron – becoming truly independent as an organization for the first time since inspection.
The organization and its leadership recognized the need to expand service offerings to meet the needs of the local community. With support from funding sources and community members, the organization managed a very successful fundraising campaign and purchased 1107 Military Street in Port Huron. The space was renovated and became home to the organization’s administrative headquarters as well as the Blue Water Area Child Advocacy Center.
Since moving locations and expanding service offerings in 2007, more than 2,100 alleged child abuse victims have been forensically interviewed on-site and more than 50,000 students have been reached by prevention programming throughout the county.
Sally Straffon retired after serving as the organization’s Executive Director for nearly three decades. Sherry Archibald was hired to serve as the organization’s new Executive Director.
The organization and its leadership recognized the need to further expand service offerings to meet the needs of the local community and employed a Trauma Focused Mental Health Therapist and a Trauma Support Specialist.