One checked box on income tax forms can help fight child abuse

Contributions to the fund go to child advocacy groups across the state.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding people filing their state income taxes, that checking one box could help fight child abuse and neglect.

By checking a box on income tax forms, residences can donate to the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund.

Contributions to the fund go to child advocacy groups across the state.

Advocates say there are more than 325 reports of child abuse and neglect everyday. A main reason they encourage people to donate and help them educate the community and provide proper services.

The Manistee County Child Advocacy Center is one of the resources in northern Michigan that benefits from contributions.

“It’s very important, that’s a large portion of our funding and if we’re going to continue be here to provide the services for kids we need the tax money, we need the donations, we need grant money, donations,” said Cindy Rozmarek, Chair of the Manistee County Child Advocacy Center.

Any money donated within a specific county will go directly back into those available services in that specific area.

In the last three decades, the state Children’s Trust Fund has raised more than $70 million and support to more than 7 million children and families in Michigan.

The checkoff box is both online and in the paper version of the Voluntary Contribution Schedule Form 4642.

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