A Look back...
The Child Abuse Prevention Council has a long history of community service and family support for the residents of Contra Costa County. The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) was established as part of an umbrella organization and later incorporated as an independent, non-profit corporation in 1984. CAPC’s founders, including Sue Fleischner, approached the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to establish the Council as a community based organization to identify, build and coordinate a network of local members involved in the prevention of child abuse.
In 1982, the Board of Supervisors designated CAPC the Coordinating Agency of the Interagency Child Abuse Systems Review Committee. This committee identified problems in the County’s systems for delivery of services and made recommendations to the Board for revisions. It was at this time that the Oakland Tribune helped to establish CAPC’s Special Needs Fund. This fund provides material support to help meet the “special needs” of families in which children may be at risk. The management of this fund became the Council’s first program and it is still in service today as the Sue Fleischner Special Needs Fund.
At this time CAPC began to publish Surviving Parenthood, A Resource Directory for Contra Costa County. Now in its eleventh edition, Surviving Parenthood is the signature project of the Child Abuse Prevention Council. This extensive listing of local resources for families is a staple of social workers, police officers, health care providers, teachers and parents in every corner of Contra Costa County.
In 1999 CAPC began to develop the layers of social service programs that define the work of the organization today. The Baby Bag Project was established to provide critical information for new parents. These information filled canvas totes are given to new parents after the birth of a child. In 2000, CAPC became the distributor of the First Five Kit for New Parents. This kit contains video information on everything from nutrition to child development, from discipline to kindergarten readiness. CAPC then expanded its Community Education Program. Continuing to provide vital Mandated Reporter Training to professionals and paraprofessionals working with children through out the county, the program began reaching out to community organizations with trained, volunteer speakers educating the public on the issues of child abuse and neglect. In 2001, Newborn Connections, a post partum home visitation program, was added to CAPC’s efforts to support parents of newborns. CAPC soon began to partner with Kaiser Permanente’s Peace Signs project to bring conflict resolution training to grade school children, teaching them the importance of tolerance. In 2007, using the Nurturing Parenting parent education program, CAPC began teaching linguistically and culturally appropriate child rearing techniques to parents in Richmond and in Brentwood and in 2009, CAPC expanded this program to include Concord. CAPC also partners with Contra Costa County’s Children and Family Services for the Parent Partner Program, bringing support and mentoring services to families in the county’s child welfare system.
CAPC also works behind the scenes for families. CAPC helped to sponsor a faith based symposium focused on “Building Healthy Families in the African American Community” and a conference on “Exploring Family Violence through a Multicultural Lens”. CAPC’s leadership also extends to its role with the Drug Endangered Children Task Force, the Violence Prevention Coalition, Safe and Stable Families, and the West County Community Partnership. CAPC convenes the Child Death Review Team and advises the Family and Children’s Trust Fund Committee, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Safety Audit Team, and the Monument Community Partnership. In order to support legislation that is supportive of families, a CAPC Board Member facilitates the organization’s support for family friendly bills and legislative action.
Today, CAPC is lead by a volunteer Board of Directors and enjoys the fund raising support of the CAPC Auxiliary. Its offices in Concord and Antioch are staffed by ten, part time employees. CAPC is fortunate to have the support of many community volunteers who are an integral part of its service to Contra Costa County.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council has worked for many years to prevent the maltreatment of children. Through education, support, community resources, mentoring and example, CAPC has led Contra Costa County’s efforts to protect children. It continually evaluates its programs in order to provide the best possible support to the families of Contra Costa County.
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County 2120 Diamond Blvd. # 120, Concord, CA 94520 | 925/798.0546
Antioch Satellite Office 301 West 10th Street, Suite 1, Antioch, CA 94509 | 925/755.4200
Carol Carrillo MSW, Executive Director
Carol has been the Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County (CAPC) for over 15 years. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Ms. Carrillo served on the Board of Directors of CAPC for three years.. Ms. Carrillo holds a master degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a post graduate certificate in Human Service Administration from San Francisco State University. Ms. Carrillo has worked in the field of child welfare for over 20 years. She has developed and managed treatment foster care programs, in home family support programs, and child advocacy programs. Ms. Carrillo is married and has three children.
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Maggie Velasco, Nurturing Parenting Connection Director
Maggie was hired by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County (CAPC) in 2009 as the Parent Education Program Coordinator. In 2010 she was chose to serve as our Outreach Coordinator. Prior to working for CAPC she worked for Families Forward-CHAA (Community Health for Asian Americans) as a personal service coordinator. She came to FF-CHAA with a rich experience working with Migrant Education as a Parent Support Liaison and Youth Advocate. She has worked with families in East Contra Costa County and San Joaquin County for the past nine years. She currently lives in the East Bay where she is an active volunteer for her children's school and H.A.L.O (Homeless Animal Lifeline Organization)
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Cristina Hickey, Community Education Coordinator.
Cristina joined the Child Abuse Prevention Council in September of 2006. She coordinates the Community Education Program providing trainings on child abuse prevention to professional and community groups She collaborates with Kaiser Permanente’s PEACE Signs conflict resolution educational theatre program for grades 3 through 6 in public schools. In April, for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, she launched our Blue Ribbon Campaign to promote awareness of child abuse and neglect. Prior to joining CAPC, Cristina taught English as a Second Language to elementary school students.
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Julie Stutzman, Fund Development Director
Julie came to CAPC in 2013. Ms. Stutzman has been in development for nonprofits for over 15 years. She is a graduate of Cal State East Bay. She lives in Martinez, California with her husband, two children, 4 cats, 3 dogs and a guinea pig.
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Wilma Holgerson, Business Manager
Wilma became CAPC’s Business Manager in 2005. Born and raised in South Africa, Wilma came to the United States as an exchange student. After completing her university studies, she became a CPA. When she is not climbing mountains she is working with the Youth Commission of Lafayette, Wilma lives in Lafayette with her husband and son.
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Rose Marie Wallace, Project Coordinator Nurturing Parenting Connection Program
Rose Marie recently joined the CAPC as Project Coordinator for Newborn Connections and the Baby Bag Project. Rose Marie has had 6 years of home visiting experience in Contra Costa County and previously managed a homeless service project and senior transportation service program in Contra Costa County. Rose Marie was born and raised in San Francisco and attended San Francisco City and San Francisco State Colleges. She is bilingual/bicultural and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Rose Marie lives in Concord where she cares for her elderly parent. She is actively involved with Alzheimer’s Disease support services.
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Rosario Contreras, Home Visitor for the Nurturing Parenting Connection Program
Rosario Recently joined the CAPC as a home visitor for the Nurturning Parenting Connection Program. Rosario has four years of home visiting experience in Welcome Home Baby Program and three years in Contra Costa Country Home Base Program. She has worked with families in Contra Costa County for the last eight years. She currently lives in the East Bay where she is an active volunteer for her children's school. Rosario was born and raised in Peru, and came to the United States nineteen years ago. She attended Los Medanos and Diablo Valley College. She is bilingual/bicultural and has traveled to different countries throughout Latin America.
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