CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION CENTER Overview
Programs: CAPC's goal is to reduce the incidence of child abuse by proactively responding to unmet needs of children and the community through direct service programs of Training & Education which includes: Children's Personal Safety, Making Choices Internet Safety and Parenting for Success Program; and two (2) joint venture Volunteer Case Aide Programs (VCA) located at Social Services Agency in Santa Clara County and the Human Services Agency in San Mateo County. Volunteers who staff VCA programs are trained as paraprofessionals to assist social workers to provide supervised visits, tutoring, and mentoring. Last year, CAPC delivered services to 8,807 individuals. Our service population is the entire community, professionals as well as lay people, with an emphasis on the high-risk child and family.
CAPC provides a range of services to prevent child abuse and neglect through early intervention and ongoing educaiton to raise awareness and teach child protection and parenting skills. Our expert programs include:
Volunteer Case Aides: This flagship program pairs county social workers with volunteers who provide services to children in foster care or at risk of out-of-home placement. Volunteers provide care and support to children and their guardians, including supervising family visits, providing transportation to medical and therapy appointments, modeling positive behavior through mentoring and tutoring, and offering respite care such as child watch services to families and caregivers in need.
Family Support: Through donations of cash and in-kind goods, CAPC distributes basic necessities to disadvantaged children and their families. During the holidays, our Adopt-a-Family program collects contributions from donors to purchase personal items and gifts for the needy, which enabled us to serve 456 families and 1,635 children in December 2005. And to help children start school on the right foot, the My First Backpack program gives educational supplies such as paper, pens, and desk items as well as information that helps parents understand their developing child and learn positive techniques for communication and discipline.
Community Education: CAPC extends its educational modules to the broader community as well through seminars on child abuse prevention and personal safety for schoolchildren, parents and civic groups. Offered in both English and Spanish languages, our Keep Your Kids Safe workshops are unique in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, providing coaching for parents and their school-aged children on how to recognize and stop bullying at school and prevent abuse by Internet predators. We also provide education for professionals who care for children on how to recognize and report abuse and neglect in accordance with State mandates.
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