April brings awareness to child abuse and neglect

Marshfield Child Advocacy Center (MCAC) has a long history of providing support for child victims of abuse and neglect across northern and central Wisconsin.

This year, the MCAC has played a critical role at the state level to secure state funding for child advocacy centers (CACs) throughout Wisconsin that will allow CACs to continue to provide coordinated and comprehensive care to child victims.  A significant reduction in federal funding for victim services has left child advocacy centers across Wisconsin looking for alternatives to lessen the impact on children and families. 

“Without the same level of federal funding, the future of these services is uncertain. We've been advocating for a state bill to be passed in the Wisconsin legislature that would minimize the funding shock and increase state funding for advocacy centers," said Dr. Kristen Iniguez, MCAC Director.

At MCAC, children who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect receive coordinated and compassionate services from a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including social workers, forensic interviewers, medical professionals, law enforcement, child protective services agents, victim advocates and others.

During April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the MCAC aims to bring awareness to end child abuse by encouraging everyone to play an active role in keeping children safe.

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All staff throughout the Health System are encouraged​ to wear blue on Fridays during April. 

If you have previously purchased a t-shirt, take a photo and share it on social media using #NoHitsNoHurts, #EndChildAbuse, #MCAC or #MarshfieldClinic hashtags.

If you see something, say something

Child abuse is a common problem that often goes unrecognized and unreported. It is estimated that for every report of child abuse to Child Protective Services, there are two incidents that go unreported. Child abuse affects all ages of children, however our youngest and most vulnerable are disproportionately affected. Child abuse crosses all socioeconomic and educations levels, religions, and ethnic and cultural groups.

“Many of the children who are victims of child abuse don't have a voice, either because of their age or circumstances. It is their community's responsibility to be their voice. If you see something, you have to say something," said Dr. Iniguez.

If you are concerned that a child is being abused, report it to your local child protective services office or local law enforcement office.

For more information about the MCAC, visit their website.