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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. 

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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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Apr. 8, 2016

CFAC Director shares her story of survival

Julie Reed grew up in an abusive household and learned, through faith and love, to help others who are enduring abuse find justice. You can watch her story.

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What's New

Celebrating 40 years of child abuse prevention at CAPS!

2016 marks 40 years since the hiring of Daryl Abbott as Elkhart County's first child abuse prevention coordinator. Abbott, priorly a caseworker at the county's welfare department, served as the president and CEO of the organization that eventually became CAPS for many years, overseeing the growth of many programs designed to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

Abbott's position never would have been created, however, without the efforts of many people in the community, including nurses, social workers, lawyers, judges, law enforcement officials, business owners and homemakers.

One of those original concerned citizens who made a difference is Ruth Gattman, an Elkhart resident who attended an AMA Auxiliary conference in 1973 and started asking the question, "what is Elkhart County doing to prevent child abuse?" This year, we are honoring Mrs. Gattman's pioneering effort with the Friend of the Child Award at our annual auction event on June 10.

Stay tuned for more details about that event, our history and the people involved in the movement to stop child abuse in Elkhart County throughout the years.

 

Thank You To Our Generous Vision 2020 Partners