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CAPS is proud and honored to announce a campaign to build a new Joy Rose Center at the site of the current CAPS building, and the raising of more than $5 million toward the project to this point.

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County awarded a $1.25 million grant to the project in June, pushing the campaign past the "break ground" level of fundraising. Now the plan is to break ground on a new, two-story, purpose-built structure Sept. 1, 2016.

Stay tuned to find out more about this exciting development and how you can be a part of ensuring a safer, healthier future for Elkhart County children. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County for its amazing support of our mission!

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Child And Parent Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of ensuring that every child in Elkhart County has the benefit of safe, stable, nurturing relationships in their childhood. Through education, advocacy and intervention, CAPS works with others in the community to build strong families, safe environments and a life free from abuse and neglect for every child. 

If you suspect a child in your life may be the victim of abuse or neglect, call the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-800-5556. The Indiana Department of Child Services provides a free online training course on how to recognize and report abuse. Go to reportchildabuse.dcs.in.gov to learn more about abuse and what you can do to report it.

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Jun. 15, 2016

CAPS marks 40 years of abuse prevention, announces plans for new Joy Rose Center!

The CAPS 40th Anniversary Celebration June 10 honored Ruth Gattman for her work to establish child abuse prevention 40 years ago and looked to the future with its Building For Kids Sake project.

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Ruth Gattman honored for work in early days of child abuse prevention

CAPS honored Ruth Gattman with the Friend of the Child Award at its 40th Anniversary Celebration. In 1973, Ruth was one of the first people in Elkhart County to ask the question, "how big a problem is child abuse here?" As a member of the AMA Women's Auxiliary, she and a few other residents formed a task force to delve into child welfare issues. By 1976, her work had led to the creation of a child abuse prevention program coordinator position, a job that became the heart of what would be CAPS.

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