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About Us

  • Who we are

  • What we do

  • What we believe

 

Who we are

The Santa Barbara County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is a community network that coordinates efforts countywide to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect.


CAPC is open to anyone who is interested. Current members include representatives from public and non-profit agencies, community groups and parents. CAPC meets regularly so that members can share information and identify and prioritize projects. Members volunteer time and resources to execute and implement the selected projects.

 

What we do

CAPC members are protecting children by preventing abuse and neglect, nurturing families by building parenting skills and fostering child resilience, and building community by with parent-led initiatives and cross-sector collaboration.


For example, CAPC members are:

  • Raising community awareness of child abuse and neglect

  • Training Mandated Reporters on how to identify and report possible abuse or neglect

  • Providing resources for service providers and parents

  • Advocating for services to address Risk Factors for abuse

  • Promoting Protective Factors that create healthy environments for child development

  • Providing direct services to families experiencing or at risk of domestic violence or abuse

 

What we believe

We believe in:

  • working in partnership with families

  • making decisions based on a through understanding of local opportunities and needs and corresponding evidence-based practices

  • promoting and supporting family-centered, strength-based services open to all families.

​We believe that:

  • ​community engagement is necessary to fulfill our mission

  • there is value in educating the public about child abuse and neglect prevention

  • effective prevention means addressing both risk factors and promoting protective factors

  • all of us are responsible to ensure that our community's children are safe, healthy and thriving.