How does generational child abuse impact schools, teachers, public health and public safety?

Could a few policy changes in your community improve graduation rates, reduce crime and make neighborhoods safer?

Mike Tikkanen, author of 1000 articles & the book INVISIBLE CHILDREN, (Expert Press 2005) is available for speaking engagements to raise awareness on the issues of child abuse/trauma and child protection. Some of Mike’s other qualifications include:


  • CASA volunteer Hennepin County guardian ad-Litem
  • Founding board member of CASAMN
  • Speaker at United Nations Youth Assembly, Women Prison Warden’s annual conference & many business, religious & community venues
  • Founding member of the Friends of Children Foundation(now CASA CARES)
  • Founder of the 501c3 nonprofit KARA, Kids At Risk Action


Mike believes that it is his mission to speak for abused and neglected children regarding what impacts their lives and the profound impact childhood trauma has on our schools, public health, and communities.

Poor public perception & policy along with a lack of transparency, awareness and accountability are compounding serious failures in our child protection systems that directly impact public safety, public health, schools, juvenile justice and criminal justice in our nation.

By generating conversation around the issue and exposing facts that have for too long been left unspoken, Mike brings attention to solutions that will reverse the direction of current problematic trends and make our communities safer and happier places to live.

Breaking this cycle of child abuse and the resulting quality of life issues permeating our neighborhoods and institutions is Mike Tikkanen’s mission.

KARA Topics & Presentations

Trauma & the Punishment Model inside schools/policing/parenting

Kids At Risk Action Traveling Child Abuse/Child Trauma Exhibit for colleges/museums

Every group/community has specific concerns that need attention & better answers.  Contact KARA to explore personalized topic & presentation design.


To book Mike Tikkanen for a speaking engagement, please Contact us!