Rally for Kids

Coming Together to Protect the Children of Elkhart County

Introducing Elkhart County Prevent 360

Noon – 1 p.m. April 8, 2021

Support When You Need It

We know that you are the expert on your family and our Family Resource Navigators will provide one-on-one support to assist you in navigating the many existing resources in the community to ensure that the needs you identify are being met. Family Resource Navigators can also help you to determine if another CAPS program is a good fit and assist you in the enrollment process.

Rally for Kids Virtual Video

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to virtually attend our 2021 Rally for Kids! If you were unable to join us live don’t worry—we made sure to record it for you! This year we were so lucky to be able to feature several incredible speakers, including Mayor Rod Roberson, Rebecca Shetler Fast from the Source, Lee Sones with DCS Elkhart, Stacy Pendarvis from the Monique Burr Foundation, and CAPS’ own Leah Plank and Melinda Konrath-Fielding! Each was able to share information about the collaborative efforts being taken in our community to end child abuse & neglect, and share many important resources for anyone looking for ways that they can help! It was a truly special way to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month that you will want to be sure to watch!

Parent Cafés

Find support through one of our many support groups or Parent Cafés. Parent Cafes are safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, you can explore your own strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from your wisdom and experiences to help strengthen your family. Parent Cafés are offered monthly in both Spanish and English. A meal for you and your family is provided at the beginning. Following the meal, children leave to do fun activities with our trained staff so you can fully participate and engage in conversations with other parents.

Concerns Navigators Can Assist With

Health or behavior concerns for your child

Signing up for government services such as food stamps or medical assistance

Housing and utility assistance

Financial management and budgeting

Mental health concerns

Relationship concerns

Obtaining further education or training to advance in your career

And just about any other question or challenge your family is facing!

Prevent 360

Prevent 360° combines child-focused and adult-focused education as part of a larger approach to reduce stigma, influence behavior, and change social norms with the goal of protecting children from abuse.

Prevent 360
Monique Burr
Darkness to Light

Pledge to Protect

It takes all of us to keep children safe and strengthen families. Together we can raise awareness, report abuse, and share resources and support. Download and post your signed pledge on social media using #SpeakUpToStopAbuse

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Thank You to our Partners

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana
Indiana Department of Child Services
Partnership for Children
Comprehensive Counseling Collaborative


April – MBF After-School Safety Matters 
May – Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children 
June – Human Trafficking in Elkhart County 


Get Trained

Darkness to Light empowers adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. These free online trainings are designed for organizations that serve youth and individuals concerned about safety of children.

CAPS wants to train 100 Adults in Darkness to Light trainings in 100 days! There are four events throughout the month of April that provide exceptional training. The courses include:

Upcoming Trainings

April 9 – Stewards of Children
April 15 – Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
April 22 – Stewards of Children
April 30 – Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Community Education Event Calendar

Online Trainings

Monique Burr online Trainings: Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect; Real World Safety: Protecting Youth Online & Off; Protecting Children from Child Sexual Abuse; Preventing, Recognizing, and Responding to Human Trafficking

Indiana Department of Child Services online information course for reporting abuse and neglect

Who is eligible to utilize the Family Resource Center and its services?

The Family Resource Center is available for any parent or caregiver who resides within
Elkhart County and is free of cost to any participant.

Contact Us – frn@capselkhart.org

Rally for Kids Featured Speakers

Rebecca Shetler Fast


Melinda Konrath-Fielding


Alicia Kieimovitch

Indiana Youth Institute

Lee Sones

DCS Elkhart

Leah Plank


Stacy Pendarvis

Monique Burr Foundation

Rod Roberson

Elkhart City Mayor

Video Call Background

Download and use this Video Call background throughout the month of April to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

For all April events, trainings and resources click here:

Child Abuse Prevention Month Website