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November 30, 2021

DONATE NOW

November 30, 2021

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We believe every child deserves to live a life free of abuse and neglect. CAPS works diligently to protect our community’s children and strengthen families by offering diverse programs and services. Every year in Elkhart County, 5,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect are reported to child protective services or law enforcement agencies. It is our goal at CAPS that families will receive help before the tragedy of child abuse occurs.

Your donation will support our services ensuring we live and work in a community where our children are safe and families thrive.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical giving.

We believe every child deserves to live a life free of abuse and neglect. CAPS works diligently to protect our community’s children and strengthen families by offering diverse programs and services. Every year in Elkhart County, 5,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect are reported to child protective services or law enforcement agencies. It is our goal at CAPS that families will receive help before the tragedy of child abuse occurs.

Your donation will support our services ensuring we live and work in a community where our children are safe and families thrive.

$250

Sends one family through parenting education classes

$500

Provides a family with home-based support services for one month

$1000

Allows for Child and Family Advocacy Center (CFAC) to conduct interviews for five children who have been abused

$1500

Supports a new mom during the first three months of postpartum in Healthy Families

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$250

Sends one family through parenting education classes

DONATE NOW

$500

Provides a family with home-based support services for one month

DONATE NOW

$1000

Allows for CFAC yo conduct interviews for five children who have been abused

DONATE NOW

$1500

Supports a new mom during the first three months of postpartum in Healthy Families

DONATE NOW

Your Donations Make An Impact With Clients

CAPS provides support to pregnant client

LaKisha, a CAPS Family Resource Navigator, recently worked with a pregnant client who was temporarily without housing. The client was unable to enroll in CAPS’ Healthy Families program because she was enrolled with another agency’s program. She was also ineligible for CAPS’ Parent Aide program until after the birth of her baby. The client’s challenges were compounded when she was stranded visiting relatives out of state. LaKisha kept in contact with her – filling in the gaps that social services could not – and made sure she received assistance when she returned to Elkhart. After delivering her baby, the client was immediately enrolled in the Parent Aide program for parenting support and connection to community resources. 

Father grows relationship with kids through Supervised Visits

A Supervised Visitation dad came weekly for one-hour visits with his two children for two years. The father came prepared with a lunch to share and tried to make the most of his time with his kids. Once he showed up with prepped 2×4’s for a woodworking project – together he and his children made a Mother’s Day present for their mom. Then Covid hit and the father couldn’t do virtual visits because of  probation, and for three months, the father couldn’t see his children. But in-person visits resumed and earlier this year, the father was able to move to parenting time outside of CAPS. The Supervised Visitation program helped him prove he was ready to take this positive step for himself and his children.

Providing formal holiday photos for families

Two years ago, Supervised Visitation director Lashell Brown was approached by a visiting mom who confided she hadn’t had a professional family photo with her toddler since the child was an infant. Lashell recognized that there were other visiting parents who would jump at the chance for a formal photo. She rounded up volunteer photographers, and claimed one of the CAPS’ Christmas trees and other decorations to arrange a beautiful background for pictures. Visiting parents were thrilled with the opportunity to take a professional photo with their child, a tradition that continues in the program.  

Triple P Parenting class empowers mother

A mom enrolled in CAPS’ Triple P parenting classes had trouble when shopping with her daughter. Her young daughter would throw a tantrum if she wasn’t allowed a toy or candy. Using the strategies she learned in Triple P, the mother resolved to deal with the misbehavior in public differently. During the next shopping trip when her daughter started getting difficult, mom walked out with her daughter and told her they were leaving because she wasn’t behaving. When they got into the car, the little girl apologized and asked to go back inside, promising to be better. Mom remained positive and told her she would get an opportunity the next time they visited the store, but they were done for the day. At home, they started a chart that would reward positive actions, and mom saw a turning point in managing her daughter’s behavior.

Siblings reunited through CASA program

Four siblings in the CASA program at CAPS are being reunited with their mom, who struggled with and overcame addiction. The CASA volunteer assigned to their case was concerned about mom’s ability to handle parenting, but was able to offer wraparound services through CAPS Community Education parent support.

Father finds support through Healthy Families

A Healthy Families couple expecting their first baby was admitted to the hospital for delivery when the mother tested positive for COVID and had to be isolated. The mom remained hospitalized because of complications, and the dad had no outside support system. Healthy Families continues to walk alongside the father as he navigates taking care of a newborn and his wife.