Welcome To CAPS

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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Jul. 20, 2015

All Aboard For CAPS at Linton's Aug. 22-23!

Bring the family and an item for CAPS programs to Linton's Aug. 22-23 and get a free ride on the Linton's Express train!

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Sign up now for summer Positive Parenting classes!

This summer, CAPS Positive Parenting offers a variety of ways for parents and children to grow closer as a family.

Parenting classes guide parents through the twists and turns of parenting. Whether it is trying to get children to bed on time, encouraging them to clean up after themselves, or just learning how to have a productive conversation with your teenager, CAPS can help.

Positive Parenting is offering its full 10-week class for parents and children as well as a trio of three-week short series classes on specific topics.

Register now for the 10-week classes Tuesday mornings (Aug. 11 to Oct. 13) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Joy Rose Center, 1000 W. Hively Ave., in Elkhart. The total cost is $50 per family, which includes meals, family-fun activities and child care for children to age 12. These classes are available only in English.

The short series three-week classes also begin in August. You can choose from:

  • "Coping With Challenging Behaviors" (in English and Spanish, Aug. 11, 18 and 25 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 502 N. Main St., Goshen)
  • "Cooperative Co-Parenting: Getting Along With Your Ex," (English only, Aug. 13, 20, 27 at Joy Rose Center)
  • "Loving Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind" (English only, Aug. 13, 20, 27 at Joy Rose Center) 

Each course costs $20 and includes child care for children to age 12 as well as a snack at each session. All classes meet from 6 to 8 p.m.

To register or for more information on any of these classes, call Elizabeth Cruz at 574-522-1998, ext. 252. Registrations will be accepted until Aug. 4.  

Thank You To Our Generous Vision 2020 Partners