The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) is a local, non-profit organization founded in 1978 and chartered in 1981 for the purpose of providing prevention and intervention programs targeted at breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect. CAPA provides school-based safety and character development education programs for children, several teen pregnancy prevention programs, and a variety of parent education and support programs. CAPA offers professional training for adults who are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, offers a family support/mentoring program, and operates a residential home for abused and neglected children. Since opening in 1985, the Open Arms Children’s Home has been home to more than 2,100 children.
Most residents of the Open Arms Children’s Home live in Beaufort County but the shelter also serves Hampton, Jasper, Colleton and Allendale counties.