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3355 Mission Ave
Suite 238

California 92058

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Provides daily therapeutic childcare and preschool for children, eighteen months to five years of age and parent enrichment for families identified as being at-risk of abuse or neglect. Children and families are identified as being at-risk through consideration of various symptoms and stressors including military families during war and deployments, low income families, blended and single parent families, mental health concerns and diagnoses, history of domestic violence, history of substance abuse, multiple unsubstantiated reports of alleged abuse to Child Welfare Services (CWS) and those with a history of CWS involvement followed by children being reunified with their parent(s). The Child Development Center is distinctive in the community as professional clinical services are provided in conjunction with preschool/developmental services to support at-risk families while interacting with them five days per week. The program’s underlying goal is to stabilize family units and provide them with a network of support that will help them create a healthy home environment. During FY 08-09 the program provided therapeutic preschool for 40 children and therapeutic support for 38 parents/family members.
   The Hayward Child Development Center is located near Camp Pendleton. Seeing a need to help military families facing physical, emotional and financial hardship due to injuries suffered during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, in 2008 Casa de Amparo established a Military Support Program. The Military Support Program provides specialized counseling, advocacy, parent enrichment education and preschool for military children and families.

   Casa de Amparo was established in 1978 in California as a non-profit corporation and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt organization by the IRS. 
   Casa de Amparo''s mission is to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse or neglect through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth and healthy relationships. The organization''s continuum of services promotes family enrichment, reunification and preservation through programming focused on child and parent education, as well as child abuse prevention, and intervention.
   Casa de Amparo is recognized as a major force in the field of child abuse prevention. Partnering with the greater San Diego community, Casa de Amparo assures that children and their families receive exceptional and innovative services for healing, for stopping child mistreatment of any kind, and for ending generational cycles of abuse.
   Annually, Casa de Amparo''s programs and services support over 450 children and 290 families resulting in a community where child abuse and neglect are not tolerated, and where child abuse awareness and prevention are priorities.

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June 4, 2011 President Board of Directors Casa de Amparo Oceanside, California, Dear President, Like a kaleidoscope, the work of nonprofit governance is intricate, varied, and involves viewing the organization through a variety of lenses. Exceptional governance requires precision, imagination... more »
Thanks for the opportunity to talk about some folks who do great work helping children and their families that grapple with the very tough issues of child abuse. Casa de Amparo has been there for these children for thirty years. I've worked with Casa for ten years and have seen first hand the ... more »
I am the expressive arts teacher (and student) at Casa de Amparo in Oceanside California, a shelter for abused and neglected children. I add student because as much as I give to the kids at Casa, I receive back, ten fold. The kids at Casa have been through trauma and distress in their lives. They ... more »
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