Every minute of every day, a child is abused in California.
The Child Abuse Prevention Center is a state, national and international service, training, research and resources center dedicated to protecting children and building healthy families.
The Child Abuse Prevention Center, known as the CAP Center, has a 30 year history of preventing child abuse, neglect and abandonment through three core strategies: Safety, Education and Advocacy. Located in Sacramento, California, the Child Abuse Prevention Center is home to three unique agencies. Governed by a single board of directors, each organization takes a different but complementary approach to prevent child abuse. Agencies at the CAP Center include the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Lift the Children and Prevent Child Abuse California.
Child abuse fuels crime and suicide, broken marriages and substance abuse. Adults who were abused as children suffer sharply increased risk of heart disease, cancer, injuries and chronic lung and liver disease. In addition to destroying lives, child abuse costs California taxpayers an estimated $95 billion a year. The cost of prevention is a fraction of that. The CAP Center is leading efforts to stop this preventable tragedy. What we're doing is making a difference.
Last year the CAP Center's accomplishments included:
A 70% reduction in child abuse cases among the families served.
140,000 children served.
80,000 parents educated.
10,000 professionals trained.
2,500 volunteers recruited who provided almost 80,000 hours of service.
27,000 professional caregivers received information and support.
Effectively advocates for legislation, policy, and funding to prevent child abuse.
Has developed a web-based reporting system to evaluate the effectiveness of programs.
One of the CAP Center's premier strategies to reduce child abuse is with its highly successful CAPC AmeriCorps programs. AmeriCorps is a national service program in which AmeriCorps members volunteer their time to help meet the nation's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Citizen volunteers are recruited and trained to work in CAP Center partner agencies offering community-based programs that help vulnerable families and children.
AmeriCorps volunteers are provided with a living allowance, health benefits and an educational award that allows them to continue their education once their service has been completed. Working throughout California and in partnerships across the country, CAPC Corps members provide tutoring, home visitation services, assistance in family resource centers and much more. The AmeriCorps experience not only enhances the lives of families and children, but also motivates and challenges its volunteers to continue their own professional development in public service.