Working Together to Prevent Child Abuse
The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council partners with LACASA Center to provide community-wide child safety and child abuse prevention programs.
Experts estimate that 85% of all abuse and neglect is preventable. Preventing abuse before it occurs is the focus of the CAP Council.
Through education and public awareness, the council works to protect children from the pain and heartbreak of abuse and neglect so they can grow up happy, healthy and whole.
The programs we offer include:
For the Community
- Plant a Pinwheel Event: Each April, during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the CAP Council kicks off its Plant a Pinwheel campaign in Livingston County.
For expectant & new parents
- Baby B Safe: A one-hour program offered several times a year that teaches new parents and child caregivers about the ABCs of infant safe sleep.
- Livingston County Baby Fair: New and expectant parents are invited to attend this annual October event, which helps prepare parents for their new baby
For professionals, parents & child caregivers
- Stewards of Children: Workshops offered throughout the year to help parents, professionals and child caregivers recognize and respond to child sexual abuse
In the schools
- Shaken Baby Syndrome Workshop — The Period of Purple Crying: Teaches high school students who may babysit or care for siblings about how to care for a crying infant and why you never, ever shake a baby.
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Workshop: Students learn how consuming alcohol during pregnancy can cause severe damage to an infant’s physical and mental development.
- Body Safety Training Program: This child sexual abuse risk reduction program is offered to first grade students in Livingston County. Students learn about keeping their bodies safe from dangers such as poison, fire, guns, and strangers; and the Body Safety Rule—It is not ok for anyone to look at, or touch, private parts.
Schedule a workshop
If you are interested in scheduling a workshop or class for your organization, school or daycare center, contact the CAP Council at LACASA: 517-548-1350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.