The Child Abuse Prevention Council strives to prevent child abuse in Contra Costa County through the coordination of services, information sharing, in home visiting and public advocacy.
The Council believes that every child has the right to grow up free from the pain and trauma of abuse.
CAPC serves as a clearinghouse for identifying, building, strengthening and coordinating a network of community members and professionals involved in the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse.
The programs, run by the Child Abuse Prevention Council, include:
- Speak Up Be Safe is a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate program for 1st through 6th grade students that focuses on child abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, and sexual harassment prevention as well as technology safety. Two safety lessons are provided in each classroom. There are also follow up teacher activities to reinforce the lessons' content as well as take home educational materials for students to share with and promote discussion with their parents/caregivers. To review the major topics and key terms covered in the curriculum for each grade level, click here.
- The Community Education Program trains volunteers to provide workshops on child abuse prevention, Mandated Reporting procedures and positive parenting techniques to schools, churches, service providers, businesses, and community groups.
- The Nurturning Parenting Connection is a home visitation program that embraces the theory of "reparenting". Nurturing Parenting connection is a voluntary program for families who have children between the ages of 0-11 years old. In this 12-15 week visitation program, parents learn about recognizing and understanding feelings, nurturing parenting routines, alternatives to hitting, child development and ways to build self-esteem and self-concept in self and children.
- The Nurturing Parenting Programs are designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting child rearing practices. The long terms goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child maltreatment by teaching positive parenting behaviors.
- The Sue Fleischer Special Needs Fund is a small cash grant designed to help meet the “special” needs of families in which children may be in jeopardy and /or need.
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Other services we provide include information and referrals, workshops and legislative advocacy.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council also coordinates several committees in Contra Costa County:
Chair: Drug Endangered Children Task Force
Co-chair: Violence Prevention Coalition
Co-chair: Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
Convene: Child Death Review Team
Member: Child Welfare Redesign Steering Committee
Advisory member: Family and Children's Trust Committee
Member: Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Safety Audit Team
"A hundred years from now...it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."