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Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Child Abuse Prevention, Children's Museums, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: Since 1981, the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation has been raising funds for local child abuse prevention, advocacy and treatment programs. By providing urgently needed funds to worthy programs, CAPF has been able to assist thousands of children in critical situations. Under the name of the Polinsky Children's Center Foundation, we contiue to support the Center by raising funds for the short- and long-term needs of the children during and after their stay.

Programs: A. B. And jessie polinsky childrens center previously the foundation raised $12 million to build the a. B. And jessie polinsky childrens center (the polinsky center), the countys emergency shelter for abused and neglected children. In october 1994, the foundation deeded the facility to the county of san diego. The polinsky center offers a full range of assessment and care programs to more than 1,000 children every year. The foundation continues to support the polinsky center by raising funds for the urgent and long-term needs of the young residents during their stay. The following are just a few examples of the programs and projects at the polinsky center supported by the foundation during the period ended june 30, 2013: developmental screening and enhancement program (dsep)youth2youth advocatesdevelopmental preschoolpet therapy programhealth, recreation and wellness program guardian scholars guardian scholars is a scholarship and support program that is established to assist current and former foster youth to further their education and become successful, independent adults. The program is much more than just financial aid - it is an investment in the future of each individual recipient. A unique component to guardian scholars is the junior guardian scholars which reaches foster youth while they are in high school intervening at a critical time in their lives preparing them for graduation, a higher education, and beyond. Junior guardian scholars provides multifaceted support through mentoring, sat preparation, college planning, financial aid and college application workshops, and ste[+a]m programs at the university of california, san diego (ucsd). Camp connect the foundation partners with the health and human services agency of san diego county in order to provide foster children with the opportunity to reconnect with their siblings who live apart through a four-day summer camp and structured recreational and educational day camps throughout the year. This program allows children to build further on sibling interaction and enhance a sense of belonging. Foster funds promises2kids understands that foster children often feel alone and isolated. They may go without simple pleasures of childhood such as birthday gifts, cap and gown for graduation, a sports uniform or a musical instrument. We ensure foster children know that they too are heard, special and deserving. Promises2kids has special funds set up to support these needs not met through typical funding, which include something special fund, birthday club, community drives and driver education. Additional community programs in addition to the above major programs, the foundation also has community programs including marys house and law enforcement. Marys house is a female transitional housing program operated by the ymca youth family services for former foster youth. Law enforcement was developed to teach agencies how to work together in identifying, investigating and prosecuting child abuse. Promises2kids with the help of its community partners, continues to provide support to this important community collaboration by hosting advanced trainings.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Suzette V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to this organization at a small meeting for bloggers in our area. What an amazing program!!
I was moved by the work and purpose of this facility. I admire the people who work there and help children get out of their abusive environments to give them a safe place to be while they're lives are in transition.
Seeing babies born of drug addicted moms to abused teenagers here, opened my eyes to the harsh reality some have live through.
But Promises2Kids also taught me there is hope for them, too.

Review from CharityNavigator


Rating: 5

As both a donor and a prior volunteer, Promises2Kids is close to my heart. Originally founded in 1981 as the grassroots Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego, this organization continues to be the preeminent organization for preventing and treating child abuse.

The focus, vision and commitment of the original founders of P2k is as intense as ever, as evidenced by the work that Hon. Susan B. Golding continues to carry out today as the President and CEO.

In addition to being the primary source of support for Polinsky Center (the county's only emergency shelter for abused children) , P2K also supports young adults aging out of foster care, and continues to fund training and advocacy support to professionals in the field of child abuse.

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