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Child And Parent Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of ensuring that every child in Elkhart County has the benefit of safe, stable, nurturing relationships in their childhood. Through education, advocacy and intervention, CAPS works with others in the community to build strong families, safe environments and a life free from abuse and neglect for every child. 

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Apr. 22, 2015

Free seminar on Building Cooperative Kids April 28

Come to a free parenting skills seminar on Building Cooperative Kids on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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What's New

Let's Get Fashionable for CAPS- THIS SATURDAY 4/25

Jules Boutique and Salon J in Goshen have teamed up to help kids in our community! Join us as we watch the newest summer fashions strut their stuff on the runway at Boscos on Saturday, April 25 at 6:30 pm for the Jules Boutique Spring Style Show!

Just a $5 admission at the door and will get you in to watch Marshall King from Flavor 574 and Jules Boutique show off the latest in spring and summer fashion for a good cause. All proceeds from the evening go directly to the seven programs that make up CAPS and help keep kids safe in Elkhart County. There will be a cash bar, appitizers, music and most of all 20% off anything at Jules Boutique after the show!

See you there!

Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM, Show starts at 7:00 PM

Where: Boscos Place (117 South 5th Street in Goshen)- Just behind Jules Boutique and Salon J

Admission: $5


CAPS gears up for April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which makes it a HUGE celebration for CAPS!
We like to use the month of April to help spread the word about Child Abuse and Neglect, how it can be prevented and how to make the families and children in Elkhart County stronger than ever.

Change for Change

April will kick off a month long pocket change drive for businesses, banks and manufacturing plants in our community. If you have some spare change drop it in the white “CAPS” bucket. The location with the most change by April 30th will win a hand-crafted award from CAPS!

April 1 - Kick off National Child Abuse Prevention Month! Let’s turn Facebook Blue! Share/ Like/ Comment on CAPS’ Special Blue Picture and make it your own for the month of April! https://www.facebook.com/CAPSElkhart

April 2 - Pinwheel Planting with CAPS Help CAPS “plant” 3,000 pinwheels in the front lawn of the Joy Rose Center (1000 West Hively Ave, Elkhart) from 4 PM to 7 PM.

April 11 - CAPS Superhero 5K Run/ Walk and 300m Sidekick Family Fun Run - Run, walk, stroll, crawl. No matter how you cross the finish line, you will have helped kids and parents in Elkhart County become Super Families! CAPS wants you to put on your favorite cape and mask and become the superhero you are in real life! Build a team or go solo, you will be helping to make our communities stronger! $25 per runner (kids and team pricing available).

April 14th - DCS Candlelight Vigil – 5:30 on the lawn at CAPS. Several speakers and entertainment on the lawn of CAPS in front of the 3,000 pinwheel display.

TGIF with CAPS - Friday is a great day to do something different. Join CAPS as we bring more fun to each Friday in April!
April 3 - Crazy Caps for CAPS - Dig out your most outrageously hilarious cap and wear it proudly to support the mission of CAPS! Don’t forget to share a pic online (#CAPSFORKIDS), https://www.facebook.com/CAPSElkhart
April 10 - Super Heroes for Kids! - To help promote the big CAPS Superhero 5K on Saturday, April 11, dress up like your favorite superhero and help CAPS Attack Child Abuse!
April 17 - Paint Your Face for CAPS - Send pictures in to help create a magical Facebook world for Kids!
April 24 - Wear Blue for Kids We are encouraging everyone in Elkhart County to wear blue for Kids on 4/24. CAPS will be asking you to post pictures of your friends, family staff or school wearing blue to show how YOU support kids in Elkhart County.
April 25th - CAPS Fashion Show with Jules Boutique at Bosco's in Goshen. $5 admission and great spring fashion! 

Child and Family Resources from The Children's Bureau

ChildWelfare.gov is a great resource for information on children, parenting and child abuse prevention throughout the year, but for April, The Children's Bureau has compiled extra resources specifically for Child Abuse Prevention Month including dozens of downloadable PDF tip sheets on subjects including Dealing with Temper Tantrums, Dealing with Stress, Military Families and Tips for Being a Better Dad (available in English and Spanish).

Thank You To Our Generous Vision 2020 Partners