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Update to the community

Members of C.A.N. (Child Abuse and Neglect) Prevention Council announced they have disbanded. We greatly appreciate the work done by this passionate group of volunteers, and we are glad to see that the parent education classes will continue to be held under the direction of Orchard Place. 

Please read below for more details in a letter from Gladys Noll Alvarez, former Co-Chair of C.A.N. Prevention Council, and  Anne Starr, CEO of Orchard Place. 

Dear Community Members:

On behalf of the C.A.N. (Child Abuse and Neglect) Prevention Council, we would like to take a moment to inform you that after much careful thought, the C.A.N. members decided to disband the Council.  They noted that while the past couple of years have produced significant wins with an established parent education cycle, successful Annual Benefits, and increased community awareness about prevention of child abuse, they have achieved these results with a very small membership.  And, due to significant changes beyond their control, it was concluded that it is not realistic to continue with volunteers only and no paid staff. 

While this has been a difficult decision, there is good news.  The Parent Education classes will continue to be offered due to the Council transitioning the coordination responsibility over to Orchard Place, ensuring the funds which were raised to provide parent education classes will be used for their intended purpose.  We realize that providing evidence-based curriculum by trained facilitators is a valuable resource to our community and has become respected by multiple agencies as well as the court system as a quality, reliable program.  For this reason the Council chose Orchard Place to carry the torch given the agency’s quality reputation and mission that is dedicated to the well-being of children and families!  

Orchard Place is pleased to begin offering the Parent Education classes in Fall 2018. The classes will be open to the community with no restrictions on who may participate.  The CAN Prevention Council and Orchard Place have been working hard to develop a seamless transition. The new contact person for the Parent Education classes is Tiana Crandall.  Her contact information is:

Tiana Crandall
Parent Education Course Coordinator
Orchard Place-PACE
Phone: 515-309-5740
Fax: 515-697-5701

Additionally, Orchard Place will continue the annual tradition of the Michelle A. Moore Award given to an outstanding advocate of children and families.  This year the award will be presented during the Annual Orchard Place Thanksgiving Dinner/Awards Celebration held on the Orchard Place campus November 19, 2018.  Request for nominations will be sent out from Orchard Place in September.

It is with great honor that Orchard Place continues these wonderful legacies of the C.A.N. Prevention Council.
Gladys Noll Alvarez
Former Co-Chair of C.A.N. Prevention Council
Anne Starr
CEO, Orchard Place