Nonprofit producing State of the Child


Wedgwood Christian Services, founded in 1960, provides social services to "hurting" children and families. Photo via

A local nonprofit that provides social services to youth and families will host a breakfast panel next week to discuss the challenges facing West Michigan children.

Grand Rapids-based Wedgwood Christian Services will host the State of the Child from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on April 18 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, at 1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE.

The event, which will also feature networking, will provide a format for business and community leaders “to learn and grow, so that we can all come around these kids and families and better support them and their journeys of transformation,” according to Wedgwood’s website.

Tickets are $20 per individual and $200 per eight-person table and are available online or by emailing the names of all attending to Nancy Lampen at nlampen at wedgwood dot org.

Wedgwood tweeted this afternoon that today is the last day to register.

The panel

Chris Becker, Kent County prosecutor

Patricia Gardner, 17th Circuit Court Family Court judge

Randy Zylstra, president and CEO, Wedgwood

Nikeidra Battle-DeBarge, Manasseh Project coordinator, Wedgwood

Dr. Elizabeth Raese, associate director of clinical services, Wedgwood

Maranda of WOTV 4 Women, moderator


Founded in 1960, Wedgwood Christian Services is a nonprofit that helps children and families dealing with tough issues: sex trafficking; abuse and neglect; sexual abuse and sexual behavior issue; substance abuse; teen pregnancy; developmental delays; learning difficulties; school expulsions and more.

Youth services include residential treatment, foster care, independent living, in-home intervention, outpatient counseling and prevention.

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