April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month
● By Kendra Kaiserman
Child CareApril 2016
All children deserve to be safe and healthy, and Shasta County’s Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC) seeks to make that vision a reality.
Child abuse is a serious concern in Shasta County, and Shasta CAPCC is a non-profit organization that tackles this issue in a variety of ways, from community outreach and youth development to family support and child abuse prevention education and awareness activities.
Shasta CAPCC is taking great strides toward prevention. “We have run the Anderson Teen Center for more than 10 years. We serve about 45 kids a day there,” says Rachelle Modena, executive director of Shasta CAPCC. “It’s a voluntary community center where kids come in and we do tutoring, mentoring, cooking classes, peer-to-peer support, movie nights…It’s really that other safe place for kids to go that might not fit into traditional after-school programming.”
Shasta CAPCC’s Family Resource Center provides parenting education, home visiting, housing and job lists, material items for parents such as diapers, baby clothes and household products and more. Walk-ins are welcome on Mondays from 9am to 4pm and by appointment any other day of the week.
Modena says Shasta CAPCC’s vision spans across all of its centers. “Their work is really about the same, as far as working with families, getting them connected to resources that they need to make their family stronger and that can really vary from family to family,” says Modena about the Family Resource Center. “It could be Little League, pre-school, child care, counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, transportation, housing. We really just work with families and try to help them get stronger, to build on their strengths and get them the resources that they need to reduce their risks.”
Shasta CAPCC also holds free mandated reporter trainings once every other month, community baby showers for pregnant moms and parent cafes once a month “which are wildly popular right now,” Modena says. “Families have dinner together, kids go to child care and parents stay with us. We have great conversations around strengthening yourself as a parent.”
Along with these primary facilities and programs, Shasta CAPCC provides information and resources for any parent that may have a question or concern. “We know that for all families, no matter who you are, there’s going to come a time when you need help and you don’t know what to do,” Modena says. “So we really want to be that place that any family can call up and say, ‘Hey, I don’t know how to find this,’ ‘I don’t know what to do.’ ‘I have this problem with my child,’ or ‘I’m having this problem with my husband and it’s hurting my family. What do I do?’ We’re kind of normalizing asking for help as a parent, that it’s OK to do that.”
April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and Shasta CAPCC has many events planned. A ceremonial planting of a Pinwheel Garden of Hope kicks off the month at Shasta CAPCC’s office on March 31, at 10am. “The pinwheel is a symbol of the childhood that we want all of our children to have that is healthy, happy, safe and free of abuse,” Modena says.
Other events throughout the month include two dine and donate events (one at Mary’s Pizza Shack and another at Shameless O’Leery’s), a Wear Blue for Kids business contest, the Anderson Family Fun Fest and Free Fishing Day, open houses for the Teen Center and the Family Resource Center and more.
“To wrap up the month, we have our annual tri-tip barbecue lunch on April 28 from 11am to 1pm. That will be down at the Redding Rodeo grounds by the Asphalt Cowboys Clubhouse,” says Modena. “We always have a really great raffle and we do dine-in, drive-thru and delivery for those sandwiches.”
Through their many programs and resources for child abuse prevention, Shasta CAPCC’s passion for helping families is evident.
“We’re here to strengthen the community and parents,” says Modena.
2280 Benton Drive, Building C, Suite A, Redding
(530) 241-5816 x207 • www.ShastaCAPC.org
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