About C.A.N.

What does C.A.N. stand for?

The C.A.N. in C.A.N. Prevention Council stands for Child Abuse and Neglect.  We want to engage community members to assist in eliminating and preventing child abuse because you C.A.N.!  Child abuse and neglect can be overwhelming to think about because it seems impossible to help, but we are here to tell you, that with your help the C.A.N. Prevention Council can prevent child abuse and neglect in your community today.

Who is the C.A.N. Prevention Council?

The C.A.N. Prevention Council consists of Polk County community members, from diverse professions, who seek to support families in creating safe environments for children.  This is done through the funding of free parenting classes for everyone: new parents, expecting parents, grandparents, teachers, and more.  Through education we believe that each child is given opportunity to live in a safe and nurturing environment. 

The C.A.N Prevention Council focuses on community planning and monitors community services.  When a gap becomes apparent, the council may elect to develop a program to fill the need, seek grant funds to initiate a program, and provide the service for a limited period of time.  However, it is the long rang goal of the council to turn programs over to the direct service agency capable of continuing the service. 

Our Vision

To promote a community where parenting resources and education are free and readily accessible to help eliminate the pressures of raising children, resulting in happy families.