WACC was established in 1975 as the Washtenaw County Coordination Council for Children at Risk to specifically address the need of inter-disciplinary, inter-agency cooperation in matters concerning the safety of children and youth. In 1983, with the formation of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, the agency became a designated council for the Trust Fund and began to establish priorities for program development for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
To promote child safety and well-being and prevent child maltreatment, abuse and neglect through educational services and programs to children, parents, community members and youth-serving professionals throughout Washtenaw County.
1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Cases of cyberbullying and sexting have made frequent appearances in national headlines and are on the rise both nationally and locally here in Washtenaw County. 46 children were admitted to the University of Michigan Hospital in 2013 for cases of Abusive Head Trauma (also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome). There were 602 confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect between the ages of 0 and 17 in Washtenaw County in 2012.
These numbers represent a community-wide ailment. One child subjected to maltreatment, abuse, or neglect is one child too many. Unfortunately though, that number is actually much higher. The situation is far from hopeless, however. As Washtenaw County citizens, we can come together to reduce the incidence of child maltreatment in our community. WACC aims to accomplish this by providing training and educational programs to children, parents, professionals, and community members.
CyberSafety, CyberBullying/Bullying Prevention, Body Safety Training, Stewards of Children, Safe Sleep for Infants, Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness, and an Educational Series.
What Makes Us Unique
We’re the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund designated agency for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Washtenaw County. Our programs are prevention-focused–designed to stop child maltreatment, abuse and neglect before they begin by training kids and adults to recognize and react to the warning signs.
We can’t do it alone! Please join us as our Partner in Prevention to ensure the continued success of our child abuse prevention programs and protect kids in our community!