Our 2017 Commitment to Help Keep Families Together

As we say good bye to 2016, the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse has much to report and plenty to look forward to in 2017. We have worked hard throughout the past year to support and educate our community’s children and families, and be a part of helping keep many of those families together.

The CPCA board and staff are tremendously grateful to all of our donors, supporters and volunteers for sharing their time and resources with the families served by the CPCA.  Because of your generosity, the CPCA staff served over 20,000 children, parents, teachers, and other community members through our support and education programs in 2016. We are steadfastly breaking the cycle of child abuse in the Hudson Valley.

Special Needs Parenting conducted 2424 home visits for 82 parents and 116 children

Our Special Needs Parenting program has increased its home visits from 1590 in 2015 to 2424 in 2016

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 from from 9:30am-1:30pm, the Church of the Resurrection’s youth group hosted a holiday breakfast buffet for several of the families in the Special Needs Parenting Program. The gracious church volunteers prepared a menu included bacon, ham, eggs, blueberry and plain pancakes, bagels, waffles, coffee, tea and juice. Each child received gifts and participated in group activities such as making beaded candy canes and a snow ball toss. It is the most looked forward to annual event for the families in the program.

Parent Empowerment Program 663 classes attended by 1677 parents in 2016

Our Parent Empowerment Program now offers parenting classes in Fishkill, enabling parents in the Southern part of Dutchess County who struggle with time limits and transportation to attend classes.

Teen Parenting Program provided services for 84 parents and 76 children

Our Teen Parenting Program has increased the number of families they saw in 2016 to 84 from 71 in 2015. As the number of individuals we serve increases and the nature of the issues our children and families grapple with changes, the one thing we count on not changing is your increasing and continued support.

2nd Annual Teddy Bear Drive sponsored by Raymour and Flanigan on September 10, 2016.
Raymour and Flanigan in their efforts to brighten the lives of local children who have suffered abuse. Raymour and Flanigan have set up a teddy bear drive in their showroom for customers to drop of a furry friend for our clients at the CPCA.

Personal Safety Program saw over 16,000 children and almost 2,000 adults in 2016

Our Personal Safety Program staff educated children in almost every school district in Dutchess County as well as some in Ulster County, on keeping their bodies safe. Our goal for 2017 is to bring our message of safety to the remaining 2 school districts in Dutchess County where our program is not offered.

Enzo’s in Kingston NY on December 9th, 2016. The Personal Safety Program relies heavily on volunteers to Services, be able to present the program to every school in Dutchess County. This event helped Amy Quinn, Director of Educational educate a group of retired teachers on the program to see if anyone would be interested in helping out with the puppet shows! The program is so thankful for all of Dr. Lenore Maroney’s help these past years and her continued enthusiasm for the Personal Safety Program.

Human Trafficking/Safe Harbour coordinated services for 9 youth identified as high risk

The Dutchess County Task Force against Human Trafficking continues to work with our Safe Harbour Coordinator to identify youth who are trafficked, or are at risk of being trafficked in Dutchess and connect them with the help and services they need.

The Child Advocacy Center served 438 children and investigated 257 cases of alleged child abuse

The multi-disciplinary team that works at the Child Advocacy Center is committed to seeking justice for all children who are sexually and/or severely physically abused.

Change we know is inevitable. Staff at the CPCA constantly reviews and implement better, and more effective ways of helping families deal with the changing world we live in. Advances in technology are only one of the newer areas of concern for parents and children, and as we move into 2017, we renew our commitment as a board and staff to stay current and finding the best ways to inform and support families so that they stay together. I cannot reiterate enough that we would not be successful without your support. In 2017, we will forge ahead to fulfill our mission of preventing all forms of child abuse and maltreatment, and we will continue to be a source of support  and education for the families we serve.

The Annual WKZE (98.1) Holiday Party was hosted on Tuesday, December 13th at the Rhinecliff Hotel. The party started with delicious food and the guests brought in the night with music by Prof Louie & the Crowmatix. Guests were encouraged to bring along an unwrapped children’s toy to be donated to the CPCA and it was a complete hit! The radio station raised 188 gifts for the children this holiday season. On top of all this, WKZE accepted cash donations for Operation Warm, where the CPCA received 144 coats!

Holiday Party at Mahoney’s on December 16th, 2016

We are excited and invigorated about the coming year. Our annual Gala is planned for April 20, 2017 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, and we’re hoping to see you all there to help celebrate our honoree Dutchess County Executive, Mr. Marcus Molinaro.

You learn more and purchase tickets to the 2017 Gala and Silent Auction here.

Sincerely,

Mary Fleming
Interim Executive Director