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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The purpose of the sanilac county kids' connection is to work together to build better lives for children and families. The sanilac county kids' connection will undertake this by providing a single point of entry for charitable services to childern including health care, education, counseling protective services and other charitable services primarily to poor children. The sanilac county kids' connection will undertake this in coordination with other governmental, non-profits and health providers.

Programs: Single point of entry for families to access resources and referral. The building technology system was updated, radio spots were recorded and pamphlets were distributed to educate the community about the service, and we have obtained a toll free number to access the system. Useage of the system continues to increase. This system is an access point for families to our "referral teams" and "family connection teams".

referral and family connective teams: these teams work with families with multiple needs and provide access to help from different agencies or health care systems without the family being required to meet many times and in different locations. These teams were developed from the ground floor during the first year of the sckc. An average of ten collaborative partner agencies participate with each case family. The referral team meets with the family upon the family's request or just as the team to address referrals from agencies. The family connection teams work with families to address the needs and help action plans from the referral team and monitor progress.

safe kids, outreach, child abuse prevention, mentoring, counseling, etc.

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Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a wonderful place for families to come that would otherwise be lost in the system. The workers for Kids' Connection take time to listen to each individual person and assist them in getting help and resources they need for themselves and their family. They cut through all the garbage and jump right in to help!! Saving Tax payers thousands of dollars while helping parents and their children get back on their feet and back out into the community. They promote health living and healthy parenting in a kind gentle mannor that makes a hard time a positive experience and helps families want to make a positve change.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization for a long time. As the co-coordinator for out Safe Kids Program I have worked closely with the director and the entire staff. This organization is a group of greatly motivated individuals who work very hard to improve the community they live and work in. I have seen the staff help hundreds of families with thier only goal is to make life better for the family.

The Safe Kids Greater Thumb & Saginaw Coalition is a part of the Kids Connection. That has helped many families by providing safety education and equipment to families. I have also worked personally with the staff and volunteers. We have helped over 5000 children by checking thier child safety seats and in over 2500 of these we helped by providing the families with a new seat. This oranization has worked for many years strictly off of grants provided to the program. Since its inception the program has provided nearly about $100,000 worth of safety equipment to families. ie:car seats, bike helmets, home safety equipment, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors

The Director Nancy Dean and I both volunteer our time to act as the coordinators for the Safe Kids Program. We both agree it is better to make children safe then to worry about what we could be paid for. We both agree it is all about the kids and for the kids that matters.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kids' Connection is an awesome organization. Everyone there goes out of their way to help. The staff is friendly and knowledgable, and they have helped me and my family get through some very tough times. I don't know what I would have done without the Kids' Connection and their outstanding programs and services. They have gone above and beyond anything I expected. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanilac County Kids' Connection is a needs-based service organization conceived, facilitated, and staffed by incredibly altruistic people whose sole intent is to aid children and families in our region. They always go way above and beyond the call of duty to serve the public in our area. The staff is professional yet truly caring and dedicated.

I have directly observed the operation of one facet of the Kids' Connection on numerous occasions, the Sanilac Baby Pantry. It is heartwarming to witness as the staff and volunteers provide material and inspirational support to the young families who are the clients. It is especially nice to see the gratitude on the faces of the recipients of the Baby Pantry services as their basic needs are met. This is an amazing service that has supported many, many needy families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the time and effort that is devoted to the children of Sanilac county by the staff and volunteers of the Sanilac County Kids' Connection. They provide a valuable service to the children and their families of this rural farming area. Keep up the great work!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with this organization since it was just a concept. I have volunteered and now I am a Board Member of this organization. Everyone involved with the organization, staff and collaborating agencies, as well as the community, go above and beyond to improve the quality of life for children in Sanilac County. They even reach out to other communities in Arenac, Bay, Huron, Lapeer, MIdland, St. Clair, Saginaw and Tuscola counties with certain programs and services.

This organization has been designated a Promise Place by America's Promise Alliance and in 2008 received the 100 Best Communities for Young People in the United States designation.

I'm very proud of this organization and very excited to be associated with it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Kids' Conncection is a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the lives of the children in our communities. The employees and volunteers at Kids' Connection work hard to ensure that children from newborn through adolecent and teenagers can find the help they need to become successful adults. This help may be as basic as providing information on local food shelters, to helping new parents get their child's hearing tested, to assisting teenagers who are having emotional difficulties find counseling assistance, to training child care providers in new methods of early childhood education.

The Kids' Connection brings together all of the available resources in our community to make finding help easy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5


When I was associated with the United Way of Sanilac County, the Kids' Connection became one of our agencies because it was a great way to partner with the needs of children from birth to eighteen. The agency has grown over the years and has helped many children and their families. We are lucky to have such an inovative organization in our community,

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization has partnered with the Sanilac County Kids Connection since it's inception. Our ability to expand services to the children in our program is due in large part to the Kids Connection. The staff, director and many volunteers continue to support our mission and goal. Our families who visit there are shown kindness consistently. I feel comments made otherwise are from professionals who have never supported the ideals of this wonderful non-profit and especially feel covetous of the director who has exceeded all expectations of her "job description". The opinions of Sanilac County Families are what matter most. I can tell you first hand how much they value the Sanilac County Kids Connection

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have used the Kids' Connection numerous times as a resource for the parents I serve in my position as a therapist with Community Mental Health. They have been instrumental in providing linking to needed resources and services for children in our community. The service is friendly and informative for my consumers who otherwise may not have the confidence to investigate resources for themselves. Kids' Connection makes getting involved and utilizing programs and resources easy and accessible. I would use their services whenever my consumers have needs related to their children. Thank you Kids' Connection!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sanilac County Kids' Connection captured my interested when I began volunteering in this community several years ago. The Kids' Connection is the ultimate one-stop-shop for services & programs for area children & families. The initiatives of this organization have benefited so many people! Here is a list of some of these programs and the wonderful things that they have to offer:
-The Connection Referral Team is a collaboration of many area human service organizations. The team meets twice a month at the Kids' Connection to discuss & create service plans for families that have multiple needs and don't know where to turn.
-Greater Thumb & Saginaw Area Safe Kids offers monthly car seat checking stations in 3 counties & replacement car seats are available to low income families. Over 5000 car seats have been checked since the beginning of this program. Safe Kids offers many other programs on how to prevent injury & death to children such as home safety, bike safety rodeos with helmet distribution, crib safety, sports safety & so much more.
-Great Start Collaborative Sanilac is a partnership of parents, community agencies, business leaders, educators, health care providers, faith leaders and individuals working to ensure our young children are ready for kindergarten.
-In-Home Team is an intensive program to help keep children with their families & prevent removal. This program has saved Sanilac County thousands of dollars that would have otherwise been spent in the child foster care system.
-The Information, Resource & Referral program is dedicated to connecting anyone to appropriate services & programs. In 2010, the Resource & Referral Specialist connected almost 5000 families & individuals to programs that assist with emergency food, utilities, rent/mortgage, child care, homelessness, domestic violence and so many more.
-RAMP is an initiative that has a goal of providing youth with positive alternatives to drinking and doing drugs. It is also a media campaign promoting a healthier lifestyle rather than negative behaviors.
-Great Start Regional Resource Center is dedicated connecting families to quality child care & connecting child care providers to quality training.
The Kids' Connection also hosts the Baby Pantry on the 2nd & 4th Monday of every month. Baby Pantry is a program of the Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council, and provides free baby items such as diapers, wipes, formula, clothing, shoes, coats & much more.
The staff of the Kids' Connection work tirelessly to ensure that every child has an opportunity to succeed in life. And, because of the dedication of the staff & director, Kids' Connection has been recognized as a Promise Place by the America's Promise Alliance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff of Kids Connection are dedicated and work countless hours often times without pay in order to get the needs of children met. The are advocatesof many children who otherwise would have no voice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful: a one of a kind state model for collaborative service delivery. The Kids' Connection's only goal is to make sure that children with multiple needs and their families get linked with appropriate services that help them meet their needs.
The staff do a sensational job of insuring that no child (or their family) falls between the cracks in the often fragmented and complicated service delivery system in Michigan.
I have personally observed them go to extraordinary lengths to advocate for their children. They are bulldogs and I know when I make a referral to them that they will nevere ever give up on any family in need.
The community loves the Kid's Connection because they untangle complicated issues and systems that cannot be resolved by a single agency. Treatment is vastly improved for every child because all the relevant agencies are working and communicating together to meet the whole childs needs. The Director , Nancy Dean is very talented and dedicated professional .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This outfit is a scam money maker for the executive director to get herself free trips,food and other goodies. She partners with her husband and friends to take what little money the people in this poor rural county make. They use the money to keep their friends in the printing and advertising business in the money. They smirk in their photos because they are proud of themselves at the way they manipulate the people. They believe these honest, hard working ,little educated people, are easy to take advantage of!