Apr. 8, 2016
CFAC Director shares her story of survival
Julie Reed grew up in an abusive household and learned, through faith and love, to help others who are enduring abuse find justice. You can watch her story.
Celebrating 40 years of child abuse prevention at CAPS!
2016 marks 40 years since the hiring of Daryl Abbott as Elkhart County's first child abuse prevention coordinator. Abbott, priorly a caseworker at the county's welfare department, served as the president and CEO of the organization that eventually became CAPS for many years, overseeing the growth of many programs designed to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.
Abbott's position never would have been created, however, without the efforts of many people in the community, including nurses, social workers, lawyers, judges, law enforcement officials, business owners and homemakers.
One of those original concerned citizens who made a difference is Ruth Gattman, an Elkhart resident who attended an AMA Auxiliary conference in 1973 and started asking the question, "what is Elkhart County doing to prevent child abuse?" This year, we are honoring Mrs. Gattman's pioneering effort with the Friend of the Child Award at our annual auction event on June 10.
Stay tuned for more details about that event, our history and the people involved in the movement to stop child abuse in Elkhart County throughout the years.