Community Education

We work to shape a community where every child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. It’s purposeful work which calls for:

  • Strong parents. Parenting is challenging, but with resources and reassurance, we believe every parent can become a stronger caregiver equipped to create a safe environment for their family.
  • Supportive organizations, working together as a system to more efficiently and effectively offer families the resources they need.
  • An invested community, with the awareness to expect more from the people and programs that affect families, and the commitment to provide long-term support.

Mandated Reporter Training

To keep children safe, we need our community to recognize abuse and neglect and know how to report it. It’s Family Futures way of investing in the future of our children, here and now, before problems even have a chance to occur.

What is Mandated Reporter Training?

Mandated Reporter Training teaches you how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect. During the 1.5 or 3-hour session, you’ll learn about topics such as:

  • The Child Protection Law
  • Responsibilities of Mandated Reporters
  • Indicators of child abuse/neglect
  • What to do when a child discloses child abuse/neglect
  • Role of Child Protective Services

Am I a Mandated Reporter?

Mandated reporters are essential since they are better able to identify child abuse and neglect through their expertise and direct contact with children. Reports made by mandated reporters are confirmed at nearly double the rate of those made by non-mandated reporters.

Mandated reporters are defined by law. You are a mandated reporter if you are a:

Physician, dentist, physician’s assistant, registered dental hygienist, medical examiner, nurse, person licensed to provide emergency medical care, audiologist, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, social worker, licensed master’s social worker, licensed bachelor’s social worker, registered social service technician, social service technician, school administrator, school counselor or teacher, law enforcement officer, member of the clergy, or regulated child care provider.

Attend a Mandated Reporter Training

Training is $10 per person for students, and $15 per person for professionals. These events are open for anyone to join, are two hours long, and are held at the Family Futures office (678 Front Ave NW,  Suite 210, Grand Rapids, MI 49504).

2019 Training Schedule:
April 17th at 1:00 pm
July 31st at 9:00 am
October 22nd at 10:00 am

Request a Training

You can request a training and facilitators will come to your workplace within Kent County to train your organization.  The cost is $10 per student and/or $15 per professional, with a minimum of 10 participants.  Discounted rates can be negotiated for groups of 30 or more as well.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) describes the many different forms of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences that happen to children under the age of 18. With roughly 60% of all Americans having one ACE score, Family Futures recognizes the importance of educating our community (, 2016).

To learn more about ACEs, visit or click the “Learn More About Trauma and Resilience” button below.

Learn More About Trauma and Resilience

Resources for Mandated Reporters

To report suspicions of child abuse and neglect, please call Child Protective Services toll-free at 855.444.3911.

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