Dear Friends of the Auxiliary of the Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC):The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is doing its part to follow the guidelines set by the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health to protect our community from the spread of the Coronavirus. With that being said, ACAPC has decided to postpone our 16th annual Educate, Empower and Prevent benefit luncheon in April. The new date will be Thursday October 8th, 2020 at Round Hill Country Club. For those of you who have generously donated, purchased tickets and or raffle tickets we have a few options to offer you:We can offer a roll over option to the October 8th dateYou can choose to turn your ticket purchase into a donationWe can offer you a refund We will be in touch with each of you individually to discuss your options. CAPC is reliant on the generosity of our donors and we are grateful for every donation we receive. During this most unsettling, unprecedented time the families in our community need CAPC services even more. The research shows that during stressful family events, child abuse abuse rates can increase. Contra Costa is no exception. CAPC staff are staying connected to the families in our programs by phone, text and email offering the much needed support and resources to care for their children. We are connecting families to local food distribution sites and resources to access basic needs. With your continued support we are committed to serving the families in our community. For further information or to make a donation, please call our office at 925-798-0546 or visit our website at www.capc-coco.org Thank you for your ongoing support of children and families in our community. We look forward to seeing everyone in October. Stay well! Carol Carrillo, MSW – Executive Director, CAPCNatalie Miles – President, ACAPC
The cumulative financial impact to the Contra Costa community for the 807 verified child victims last year is $258.9M. Though these costs are accrued over the course of the victim’s life, the community will continue to incur the same cost each year until we are able to reduce and ultimately end child abuse. Read more: 
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported The Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Soul on the Green annual fundraiser. The fundraiser was a big success and we are grateful for the community support and partnership. Thank you from all of us at The Child Abuse Prevention Council. You made a difference!
It’s tax season again and there is a way to help qualifying filers file their taxes for free! Attached is more information about the program and what to bring to a VITA site (in English and Spanish). Also attached is a list of the current sites (though it is always best to check out the site list at www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org and contact the VITA site to make sure that they are open when a client wishes to go).
Nurse Wendie Skala worked with teens who were victims of street violence — and she always felt she was getting to them too late.
Eventually, she learned about something called “adverse childhood experiences,” or ACEs: The idea that trauma early in life can cause disruptive and unhealthy behavior. And that’s when Skala says a “huge light bulb” went on.
“Instead of saying, ‘What’s wrong with these kids?’ We could finally say, ‘What happened to these kids that they’re ending up in these gangs, shot, stabbed, or almost assaulted to death?’” she said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget proposal, released last Thursday, could allocate $45 million for screenings to identify these experiences among children and adults on Medi-Cal. A growing body of research shows that if ACEs are spotted early, doctors and teachers can intervene to change a child’s trajectory. Read more here
Thank you to all the generous donors who gave to CAPC during the holiday season. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful new year. Your donation truly made a difference in the life of a child. . . #Childabuseprevention#ConcordCa#BayArea
Child Abuse Prevention Council Receives Thanks For Giving Holiday Program Grant from The Rite Aid Foundation
This season of giving, CAPC is receiving a special gift from The Rite Aid Foundation to help us continue making a difference in the lives of children in our community.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media. To celebrate, The Rite Aid Foundation has generously gifted us with a $5,000 grant as part of its KidCents Thanks for Giving Holiday program.
We also have the opportunity to receive an additional $2,500 grant by being the charity that has the most likes, shares and comments on our social media posts on #GivingTuesday. Please check out CAPC’s Facebook page on Tuesday, November 27 and help us spread the word!
Our Executive Director will use these grant funds for our Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) for parents of children with special needs and health challenges. NPP provides free, locally available parent education to very low income, at-risk, underserved families living in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in East, West and Central Contra Costa County.
The Nurturing Parenting Program focuses on the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors Framework which provides families with the knowledge needed to help them thrive in their lives and communities. These five factors include: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development and the Social and Emotional Competence of Children.
Parents participate in the learning process through role plays, engaging course assignments, group work and also enjoy a shared meal. They learn to recognize trauma and understand feelings and child development, are introduced to alternatives to hitting and are provided with tools to build children’s self-esteem. Parent Educators help parents develop safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments.
The Rite Aid Foundation created the KidCents Thanks for Giving Holiday program to help support efforts to improve the health, safety and well-being of local kids. In total, The Rite Aid Foundation is donating $2.2 million to more than 440 charities.
“#GivingTuesday is a global celebration of giving, and on this day, we wanted to recognize our KidCents charities for all they do to make a positive impact in the communities we serve,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “Through the KidCents Thanks for Giving Holiday program, we want to recognize and support organizations that are focused on giving all year round. We thank all our KidCents charity partners for helping to give kids better lives and brighter futures.”
CAPC looks forward to continuing our partnership with The Rite Aid Foundation and is excited by the opportunities that KidCents brings to our organization and those we help.
Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!
The cumulative financial impact to the Contra Costa community for the 807 verified child victims last year is $258.9M. Though these costs are accrued over the course of the victim’s life, the community will continue to incur the same cost each year until we are able to reduce and ultimately end child abuse. Read more […]
Join us for our 14th Annual “It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child” benefit luncheon, raffle and silent auction. Funds raised will help children at risk of #childabuse or neglect in #ContraCostaCounty. Visit our event webpage at http://WWW.ACAPC2018.EVENTBRITE.COM for tickets and more info.
Thank you to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Child Abuse Prevention fund for your on going support. Your grant will help parents get the support they need to break they cycle of child abuse by participating in our Nurturing Parenting classes.
#donations #CAPC #Childabuseprevention
The East Bay Times published an article on a recent report about children’s deaths. Dr. Carpenter, a member of our board of directors and one of the authors of the report highlighted in the article, says that the lack of information about safe sleeping practices is one of the main causes of accidental death in children. These deaths could be prevented if parents have better access to educational information on sleeping practices for their children.
Please join us for the 14th Annual “It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child” Luncheon benefiting the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County by The Auxiliary of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County.
DATE AND TIME
Thu, April 19, 2018
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT
Diablo Country Club
1700 Club House Road
Diablo, CA 94528
Congratulations to the Parent Partner program for receiving the California State Association of Counties innovation award. CAPC is proud of the work we do in the community to support parents and children.
2016/2017 was a busy year for CAPC. With support from the State Office of Child Abuse Prevention, CAPC began leading a broad Bay Area effort to raise awareness of the Five Protective Factors which are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach. Your continued support has helped expand our Speak Up Be Safe child safety program into Richmond and Concord schools. Our Nurturing Parenting Program is reaching more and more at risk families with positive parenting education, and CAPC is now working with parents who have children with special needs. We distributed over 14,000 Surviving Parenthood Resource Directories to Contra Costa residents. Our Sue Fleischner Special Needs Fund continuesto serve families who are isolated and in need of critical to lessen the stress onfamilies and keep kids safe. This year, we also supported Assemblywoman Baker’s bill AB 993 to support children who are the victims of severe sexual crimes.
Our Director, Carol Carrillo, published a letter in the East Bay Times about our program “Speak Up, Be Safe.” The program helps children and teens learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect.
The countdown is on less than 2 weeks to go, a day where everyone (people & corporations) open their hearts and wallets on a national day devoted to giving back. Join the movement and help us to redefine the giving spirit this holiday season. For donations here! With a little bit quickly turns into a lot
At CAPC, even a little money can go a long way toward preventing child abuse in Contra Costa County.
We value every child’s right to grow up in a safe and nurturing home environment.
#Blackfriday #Thanksgiving #CyberMonday #ContraCostaCounty #BayArea #Childabuseprevention #GiveToSpecialNeedsKids #GivingTuesday #California
Two weeks until #GivingTuesday! Please support local families and kids! Pledge to participate on November 28 by posting an #UNselfie and tagging Child Abuse Prevention Council! Make your donation today!
More info: here
Unselfies are an easy way to show your support for Child Abuse Prevention Council. Post your #UNnselfie with the hashtag #GiveToSpecialNeedsKids or #CAPC on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and tell your friends and family why you are supporting CAPC on #GivingTuesday.
Recuerden, nuestro #GivingTuesday es el 28 de Noviembre, cualquier aporte o donacion nos ayudara con nuestro fondo de necesidades especiales llamado Sue Fleischner Special. El objetivo de este fondo es prevenir cualquier tipo de abuso o abandono infantil en familias que estan viviendo alguna situacion dificil en sus vidas. Este fondo se usa para el transporte de programas de servicios sociales / citas médicas, cunas y/o coches seguros para los niños.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about buying for the holidays. Giving Tuesday celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday is a movement that encourages us all to give.
Support our cause today, donate and become a “Kid Supporter” at any of our levels or donate what you can. Every dollar helps!
Report Shows Child Deaths in Contra Costa Are Often Preventable
A review of 21 child deaths in Contra Costa during 2013 shows that nearly all of them were preventable.
The report, produced by the Contra Costa Child Death Review Team and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County and released in October for national SIDS Awareness Month, found that 18 of the cases were “probably preventable.”
Those cases including deaths by drowning, motor vehicle crash, sleep-related deaths including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and accidental asphyxia, and firearms.
The 2013 Contra Costa County Child Death Report offers several recommendations for reducing the incidence of future childhood deaths, including a countywide “Safe to Sleep” campaign, promotion of active supervision and child abuse prevention, youth anti-violence programs and firearm safety laws.
The team includes representatives from the Contra Costa Sheriff-Coroner, District Attorney, local police, Health Services, Children & Family Services and others. Dr. Jim Carpenter, a pediatrician at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, chairs the team.
The team reviews coroner’s investigations of some child deaths to determine if and how they could have been prevented. The team does not review natural deaths in which the child was receiving medical care for a known condition, such as a disease, that caused the death.
Coroner’s cases that were reviewed represented about one-quarter of the county’s child deaths in 2013.
Each year CAPC supports at risk families with our a Sue Fleischner Special Needs fund.
In 1984 the Sue Fleischner Special Needs Fund was established in memory of founding CAPC member and medical social worker, Sue Fleischner.
The fund is intended to avert a crisis that might lead to child abuse or neglect in families experiencing difficult circumstances. This fund can be used for transportation to social service programs/medical appointments, or a safe crib or a safe stroller for a child.
Support our cause today, donate and become a “Kid Supporter” at any of our levels or donate what you can. Every dollar helps!
Thank you TJ Maxx for the generous donation to The Child Abuse Prevention Council. Your support will help prevent child abuse while building strong families in our community. We look forward to an ongoing partnership working to keep kids safe.
Congratulations on the grand opening of the new Concord TJ Maxx store.
The ACAPC 13th Annual Benefit Luncheon was a Success! An amazing group of women and an amazing event. Thank you from all of us at The Child Abuse Prevention Council for your commitment to child abuse prevention. We are honored to be working with you!!!
April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month and time to raise awareness about the importance of prevention. Child abuse is often hidden but always far reaching in its effects.
In partnership with The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley we have released a study of the economics of child abuse: The Cost of Child Abuse for Contra Costa County.
As always thank you for your support! Read more […]
CAPC joined Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre for Family Night at Fair Oaks Elementary Thursday, March 30. Kaiser hosted Peace Signs, which is a play about three students who learn lessons about empathy and nonviolence. The production covers conflict resolution, bullying and violence prevention. In this production children learn conflict resolution, how to respond to bullying, and empathy for others. CAPC believes that giving children these tools can help children be safe and respect their peers. It was a pleasure to host a resource table at this event.
Thank you for your support of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County (CAPC). In the month of February we are working hard to prepare for our upcoming events as well as keeping you informed on the successes of our CAPC programs. Please see our article below about our social justice efforts and how you can help.
As always thank you for your support! Read more […]
CAPC in partnership with the Danville Exhange Club invites you to their annul child abuse prevention event at Lunardi’s Market in Danville on Saturday April 16th from 10 am until noon. The Exchange Club will provide games for the kids, a petting zoo and valuable information on child safety. The event is free and open to all families. Please plan to stop by and enjoy the activities and learn more about keeping kids safe in our community!
Join us for a free screening of the documentary “Paper Tigers” on April 19th at 5:30pm @ Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation. What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? How do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn? A panel of experts will moderate a discussion after the screening. Register here!
Thank you to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation for your on going support of child abuse prevention programs in our community. You are an important partner in our home visiting efforts to reach isolated Spanish families that need support, education and resources to prevent child abuse and keep kids safe.
Zero Tolerance’s for Human Trafficking Team being recognized by the Board of Supervisors. Cristina Hickey, our Community Education Coordinator (far left), represents CAPC and serves on this important team.
CAPC received a $10,000 grant for our Nurturing Parenting Home Visitation Program from the Valero Benicia Refinery. Thank you to Siobhan Magee, a Valero employee for nominating CAPC and for your on going support of the work we do.
It’s important to teach our children to tell a safe adult if anyone (a peer, teenager, or adult) makes them feel uncomfortable, worried, or scared or if they are being threatened or coerced in any way. Children should also learn to first check with their mom, dad or whomever they live with before going with someone…even someone they know. While we teach our children “stranger danger” rules, in fact, most child abuse occurs at the hands of someone the child knows and trusts. Talk with your children about these important topics and make sure the conversation is ongoing and age appropriate. CAPC’s Speak Up Be Safe child abuse and bullying prevention program educates students, parents/caregivers, and the community about child safety issues. Through classroom lessons, take-home activities and handouts, and parent/caregiver and school staff presentations, the program provides important safety information and skills and helps build a comprehensive safety net for our children. If you have any questions about this program please call Carol Shenon, Child Safety Awareness Coordinator, at CAPC (925) 798-0546, ext. 16
Every child is born into a world filled with limitless possibilities, and as a Nation, we must ensure all our young people have the support they need to realize their enormous potential. […] Read more…
CAPC is proud to announce that our Parent Partner Program was chosen by the Child Welfare League of America to present at their “Advancing Excellence through Innovation and Collaboration” 2015 National Conference in Washington DC on April 29th. The Parent Partner program was chosen for our community-based father engagement efforts and for our collaboration in providing child welfare services between a public agency and a private non profit organization. We are all so excited to be recognized on a national level for our child abuse prevention work in Contra Costa County. http://www.cwla.org/2015nationalconference/