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CAPA Achieves National Accreditation

CAPA Achieves National Accreditation

Child Abuse Prevention Association Achieves National Accreditation

Beaufort, SC  February 1, 2017:

The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) has once again achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). CAPA provides the following services: community-based outreach, parent education and support, adolescent pregnancy prevention, and the Open Arms Home for Abused and Neglected Children. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of CAPA’s programs, services, management, and administration.

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.

To achieve COA accreditation, CAPA first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.

Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that the Child Abuse Prevention Association had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.

An endorsement of COA and the value of its accreditation process is reflected in it being named by the US State Department as the sole national independent accrediting body under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to accredit intercountry adoption service providers. In addition, COA is the only national accreditor designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org.

The Child Abuse Prevention Association has been providing services to children and families of the Lowcountry since 1981.

Angel Wish Tree 2016

Angel Wish Tree 2016

Thank you to our tree hosts, box donors, toy collectors, volunteers, and everyone who took the time to fulfill a wish!

AHTNA Technical Service ♥ Beaufort Orthopaedic Sports & Spine Center ♥ Beaufort Memorial Hospital 5th Floor ♥ Belfair Women’s Group ♥ CAPA’s Closet ♥ Carolina Moving & Storage ♥ Carter’s ♥ Center for the Arts ♥ Church of Christ at King Street ♥ Coastal Carolina Hospital ♥ Coastal Orthodontics ♥ Common Ground ♥ Conviction Training Facility ♥ Courtney Bend Apartments ♥ Fat Patties Beaufort ♥ Fat Patties Bluffton ♥ Hampton Hall Book Club ♥ Lady’s Island Dental ♥ Live in Fitness ♥ Lowcountry Day Schools ♥ Lulu Burgess ♥ Main Street Café ♥ Parish Church of St. Helena ♥ Riverview Charter School ♥ Sea Pines Montessori ♥ Storybook Shoppe ♥ The Hair Designers at Wexford ♥ The Preserve at Port Royal ♥ Truffles at Belfair ♥ USCB Gateway Campus ♥
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New CAPA Event

New CAPA Event

CAPA kicks off their first Dancing with Our Stars fundraising event

 

Beaufort, SC, January 5th, 2017 – The Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), along with the Exchange Club of Beaufort and USC-B Center for the Arts, announces Beaufort’s first Dancing with Our Stars fundraising event.

 

The Kick Off dinner was held December 1st to introduce the teams to each other. Heroes of the community, our “stars”, are paired with a dance instructor who will choreograph their performance on March 25th, 2017. The event will be at 7:30 at USC-B Center for the Arts. Tickets go on sale through USC-B Center For the Arts on January 15th, 2017.

 

Teams will compete for two different awards: The Judges Choice Award, which is awarded to the team with the best performance and the People’s Choice award which is awarded to the team who raises the most money.

 

The teams for 2017 Dancing with Our Stars are:

 

Dance Instructor Star
Team 1 Nicole McGough Claude Tolbert
Team 2 Kathy Ingram Reece Bertholf
Team 3 John Fletcher Ginger Marshall
Team 4 Gina Taramasso Mike McFee
Team 5 Chris Crabb Lisa Marie Clancy
Team 6 Eric Freeman Twiggy Willard
Team 7 Melissa Derrick Carl Derrick
Team 8 Danielle White Chad Barr
Team 9 Topher Maraffi Tracey Denise Robinson
Team 10 Erin Hancock Thomas Melvin
Team 11 Heather Paulick Joseph Simpson

 

Proceeds from the event will be used to benefit the Open Arms Children’s Home, the only local shelter for abused and neglected children, and other CAPA programming.

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Thank you Beaufort County!

This year we were able to provide gifts to 337 local children!

Please contact the CAPA office, 843.524.4350, if you’d like to host an Angel Tree in 2014.

 

Each year, CAPA’s Angel Tree program provides gifts for hundreds of local children.  The participating children are either residents of CAPA’s Open Arms Shelter, Beaufort County foster children, have an open treatment case with DSS, are in the Youth Advocacy Program, are part of ACCESS Network, or their caregivers are participating in CAPA’s parenting programs.

Each child may ask for three items ($25 limit per item) or one big item (ex: bicycle). To help, pick up a tag, fulfill the wish and return the unwrapped item to the tree location.

We would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations that made the 2013 Angel Tree program a huge success!

AHTNA Technical Service, Beaufort & Port Royal Weddings & Events, Belfair Women’s Group, Belk Beaufort, Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton Gardeners, CAPA’s Closet, Carolina Moving & Storage, Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners, Ferguson Bath Kitchen and Lighting Gallery, First (Scots) Independent Presbyterian Church, Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, Hampton Hall Book Club, Lady’s Island Garden Club, Lowcountry Bicycles, Lowcountry Day Preschool & Camp, Lulu Burgess, Main Street Café, Oldfield Club, Port Royal Fire Department, Red Cedar Elementary teachers, Riverview Baptist Church, Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, Sea Pines Montessori, Sea Pines Resort, Simply Southern, St. Peter’s Catholic School 5th Graders, Technical College of the Lowcountry, The Hair Designers, The Owners Club of Hilton Head, The Preserve at Port Royal, Truffles at Belfair, USCB, and Walmart Beaufort.

South Carolina Heart Gallery

South Carolina Heart Gallery

Founded in New Mexico in 2001, the Heart Gallery is a national project that uses the power of photography to find homes for children lingering in foster care. More than 100 groups in 48 states provide public awareness of the need for adoptive families and more importantly help find permanent families for individual children. Families are moved by the beauty and uniqueness of each child as revealed in the portraits. As a direct result, many children have been adopted. Heart Gallery photographers present the children in a way that a description alone never could!

Formed in 2005, the South Carolina Heart Gallery is a collaborative program administered and supported by the Children’s Foster Care Review Board – Office of the Governor and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. This unique partnership enhances adoption recruitment opportunities for waiting children. Local photographers donate their services to provide portraits of the children, which are displayed in public venues around the state.

Click here to view the South Carolina Heart Gallery

Thank you to our local funding partners

Thank you to our local funding partners

CAPA heavily relies on the generosity of local funders and businesses to help us keep our shelter doors open and programs available. We would like to take a moment to thank the following partners:

 

Letter from the Executive Director

Letter from the Executive Director

As we reflect on events and changes at our organization, we realize what an incredible year it has been. We have experienced major changes in programming, structure and staff, the re-accreditation of our organization, the purchase and renovation of a permanent home for CAPA’s Closet, and a record number of children and youth in our residential facility, the Open Arms Shelter. Blessings have abounded, giving us encouragement and guidance as our board and staff have tackled tough issues on a road that has often been rocky and unsure.

Changes in the human services field, especially the care of children and youth, presented challenges which resulted in program adaptations. Our children’s emergency shelter, now in its 27th year, is now licensed as a Level One Group Home. While we still provide emergency shelter, we are now able to provide a wider array of services over a longer period of time. Our daily population has nearly tripled over the past year. Often, we have been at capacity. The incredible children and youth living at our facility display great courage and resilience to overcome whatever has caused their placement. Many arrive at our door after unsuccessful placements with other family members or friends. Some have given up on ever having their needs met. Our case planning starts before they arrive. Schools and pre-schools are contact-ed, uniforms and book bags are readied and, most importantly, a car-ing group of staff members and spe-cially trained volunteers welcome them. Tutors help them with school work. Volunteers bring fun through games, books and outings. Encouragement abounds and we have seen incredible results. Out of eight school-aged residents, most made honor roll this first quarter. They are proud of their results and so are we.

If you have not been in CAPA’s Closet, a true upscale resale shop located at 1340 Ribaut Road in Port Royal, please visit soon. Open Monday through Saturday, the new store is a real treat. Donations of new and gently used goods are accepted until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday and until 1:00 pm on Saturday.

Another exciting change in our outreach programs is a permanent home for education and support. Our Parents Center, a meeting place for our classes and support groups, is located in a new building behind CAPA’s Closet. It is cheerful and roomy. If you need a space for a meeting, call us. We are pleased to share our facility upon availability.

Thank you for being part of the CAPA family, where a miracle happens every day. May your heart be filled with joy and celebration. Please visit our new website at www.capabeaufort.org to learn about ways that you can get more involved. Helping CAPA does your heart good and makes Beaufort County a better place for children and their families.

Positive Parenting Program

Positive Parenting Program

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is a science-based/proven effective approach that has been used for over 25 years and has gone through 7 clinical trials.  In Group Triple P, parents receive workbooks with information, activities, and role-playing opportunities.  Over the course of 8 sessions, Triple P promotes positive parenting skills.

Domestic Abuse Prevention Program

Domestic Abuse Prevention Program

DAPP is a short-term intervention program aimed to promote positive family relationships and reduce interpersonal conflict.  Both parents and young adults participate in sessions tailored to their family role and the programs are delivered by local child and family advocacy agencies including CAPA.  Each group is presented with effective methods and skills to increase productive resolutions for all family members. To practice applying these strategies, individuals take part in a number of role-playing situations depicting realistic struggles any family may encounter with each followed by whole group discussions to analyzing techniques used and offer helpful feedback and suggestions.  The purpose and goal is to instill all participants with appropriate practices of their family role and encourage respectful communication to enhance responsible choices that increase chances for a successful future.

Thank You 5K/10K Volunteers

Thank You 5K/10K Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who participated in Child Abuse Prevention Month this past April! With your help, we were able to host a successful 5K/10K event and welcomed Elizabeth Smart, abduction survivor, to Beaufort. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

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