Community involvement is key to child abuse prevention

April 6, 2023

Community involvement is key to child abuse prevention

Dear Editor,

Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast

We all share a responsibility for the wellbeing and healthy development of children and their families, as it is crucial for the future health of Oceana County. This year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month is the perfect time to help people understand that prevention only happens in partnership. 

According to the Kids Count Data Center, 84 Oceana County children were victims of substantiated child abuse in 2022 — a 31 percent decrease compared to 2021. This decrease is a direct result of Oceana County residents taking steps to improve the lives of children throughout the county. 

As we observe Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, we want to express our appreciation for the community’s ongoing support of our child abuse prevention efforts. The Children Trust Michigan Local Council in Oceana County recognizes that all community members have a role in ensuring children have positive experiences, and families have the resources they need when they need them, well before they are in crisis. 

This year’s awareness and impact campaign theme is “Building Together: Prevention in Partnership.” We encourage you to volunteer at after-school programs or donate time or money to organizations like Children Trust Michigan that are focused on prevention. 

Collectively, these small steps will help create better, brighter futures for children and families in Oceana County


Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast, member of Children Trust Michigan Local Council Oceana County