Child Abuse Prevention Council

Overview

Child Abuse Prevention Council

YCCA is the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) of Yolo County. CAPCs of California are community councils appointed by the county Board of Supervisors whose primary purpose is to coordinate the community’s efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse.

In general, CAPC activities include the following:

  • promoting public awareness of the abuse and neglect of children and the resources available for prevention, intervention and treatment
  • providing a forum for interagency cooperation and coordination in the prevention, detection, treatment
  • recommending improvements in services to families and victims

Child Abuse Prevention Councils (CAPCs) work in collaboration with representatives from disciplines including: public child welfare, the criminal justice system, and the prevention and treatment services communities. Council participation may include the county welfare or children’s services department, the health department, the probation department, licensing agencies, law enforcement, the office of the district attorney, the courts, the coroner and community service providers such as medical and mental health services, community-based social services, community volunteers, civic organizations, and religious community.

YCCA’s CAPC activities include the following:

  • Coordination of the Yolo Family Strengthening Network/Child Abuse Prevention (YFSN/CAP) Committee: This Committee is a collaboration of over 20 Yolo County agencies and organizations that works to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect throughout Yolo County. The Committee uses the Strengthening FamiliesTM Framework to guide its work. For more information about the YFSN/CAP Committee, click HERE.
     
  • Child Abuse Prevention Materials for Parents and Providers: YCCA produces materials and resources for Yolo County agencies, organizations, and parents to help strengthen families throughout Yolo County. New materials are launched in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more information about our materials, click HERE.
     
  • Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework Presentations: YCCA provides presentations to service providers, community groups, and others about the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Strengthening Families™ Framework. This framework is a research-informed approach designed to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The framework guides YCCA’s child abuse prevention efforts and is based on the promotion of 5 protective factors. Learn more HERE
     
  • Participation on the Yolo County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team: FIMR is a community-based program that works to address issues and factors that may affect fetal and infant mortality or morbidity. FIMR is dedicated to improving the services and resources for women, infants, and their families to reduce the occurrence of infant or fetal deaths within the community. During this process, community-based health professionals come together as a team to analyze the basic statistical and epidemiological aspects of fetal and infant mortality. Learn more HERE.
     
  • Participation on the Yolo County Child Death Review Team

Two YCCA programs specifically aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect are the following:

  • Step by Step/Paso a Paso, a Healthy Families of America home visiting program. Learn more HERE.
     
  • Period of PURPLE Crying, a Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma prevention program. YCCA provides Period of PURPLE Crying materials to Yolo County birthing hospitals. Learn more HERE.

In addition, all of our YCCA programs strengthen families and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect by supporting protective factors in the Strengthening Families™ Framework. Learn more HERE.

For more information, please contact Natalie Audage, Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator, at Natalie.audage@yolocounty.org or (530) 902-8249.