Surviving Parenthood Guide On-Line

The NEW 13th Edition is NOW AVAILABLE!

Surviving Parenthood Guide                    

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If children came with instructions, life would be a lot easier! But they don't. Yet we are expected to know how to deal with them during every stage of their development. It's a difficult job. Fortunately, there is help available and much of it is free. Surviving Parenthood has been developed to inform you of many of the services available for children and families in Contra Costa County.

The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) identifies, builds, maintains and coordinates a network of persons and agencies working in child abuse prevention and treatment for the purpose of information sharing,
referral, improvement of services, public education, family support and advocacy. All services are free. By calling or visiting the office you can:

  • Receive referrals to child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services in Contra Costa County.
  • Obtain more information about child abuse and neglect in Contra Costa County.
  • Learn how you can protect your children and what signs to look for in cases of possible abuse or neglect.
  • Find out what legislation is pending concerning abused and at-risk children in California.
  • Arranges for a speaker to talk to your community or professional group about preventing and reporting child abuse and neglect.
  • Get free copies of Surviving Parenthood and a full range of other free, informational handouts and brochures.
  • Access the Sue Fleischner Special Needs fund.
  • Receive information and referral services.
  • Learn more about CAPC’s Baby Bag Project, COPE Project, and Newborn Connections Program.


  • 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 Nurturing 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 feeling, nurturing parenting routines, alternatives to hitting, child development and ways to build self-esteem and self-concept in self and children.

Resources and Services

  • "Surviving Parenthood", a Resource Directory for Contra Costa County, is a directory that parents can use to access the resources they need for their children and families.  The directory is organized in a user friendly format that provides descriptions of services and phone numbers of local organizations and businesses. Downloadable copies are available in English and Spanish on our Resources page.
  • For general information and referral services pease call 211. 2-1-1 provides callers with information about and referral services for everyday needs and in times of crisis.  This easy to remember telephone number connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community.  For example, 2-1-1 can offer access to the following types of services: food banks, clothing closets, shelters, rent assistance, health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, support groups, counseling, education programs, ect.