This April, for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we made a push to plant pinwheel gardens throughout Oakland County – more than we’ve ever done before.

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The pinwheels, spinning and whirling in the breeze outside our building, helps to remind people of the carefree, happy lives all children deserve to have.

image by WDIV-TV

You may have heard people talking about the Oakland County Child Killer recently; maybe you’ve seen something on TV, or conversation happening on social media. There were two documentaries that just aired that provide a detailed narrative of the crimes: Children of the Snow on Investigation Discovery, and a four part special on Channel 4. They are not easy to watch or listen to.

So many things are still unknown about the case, but there are two things we know for sure: it involved multiple horrific incidents of child abuse and it happened right here in Oakland County.

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On Thursday the 24th, we held the 23rd Circle of Friends Luncheon at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Over 300 individuals from across metro Detroit gathered to learn more about how human trafficking, and child sex trafficking in particular, has impacted lives in Oakland County.

As described in our previous post, our guest speaker, Theresa Flores, was able to draw directly on her own experience as a sex trafficking victim while attending high school in Birmingham.