The Child Abuse Prevention Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit agency with the mission “to prevent child abuse in Dutchess County.”
The agency began in 1973. While we receive financial support from a variety of state and local agencies, we rely heavily on donations and contributions from our community to effectively serve our children and families.
Personal Safety Program
Our educators provide sexual abuse prevention education to more than 10,000 children in elementary and preschools directly, and to their parents and teachers throughout Dutchess County. Teaching staff provides further education to more than 500 middle and high school students on how to avoid risky behaviors and situations. We show students how to keep themselves safe from internet predators and we help parents recognize risky online behavior.
Community Education & Mandated Reporters Training
Educators give lectures to community groups on how to identify and report child physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and maltreatment. Specialized materials are provided for medical personnel to differentiate disease from abuse. Our educators are certified by New York State to teach the state-certified certificate classes to people whose jobs are classified as mandated reporters of abuse (teachers, health care providers and emergency responders).
Parent Empowerment Program
Parent educators work with various groups of parents to build skills, enhance knowledge of child development and age appropriate expectations for children and provide support through group interactions. Classes are offered to parents in substance abuse recovery, involved with CPS, the court system or any parent seeking additional skills. Workshop series are also offered to parent groups through PTAs, daycare centers and other community organizations.
Special Needs Parenting Program
Case Managers provide parent education classes and weekly home visiting support for parents with mental retardation and developmental disabilities living in our community and who are pregnant or parenting young children. In addition to learning parenting skills, parents gain socialization and support from peers and receive assistance in meeting the needs of their young children. Case Managers work closely with other service providers involved with our families.
Teen Parenting Program
This is a program directed specifically to address the needs of young parents, ages 13 to 20. Special care will be given to age-appropriate, supportive and cooperative learning. The parents of those young parents will also be educated on how to have nuturing and sustaining relationships with their children.
Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
The Child Advocacy Center was the first of its kind in New York State. The CAC brings child protective services workers, law enforcement officers and other service providers together under one roof to meet the needs of child victims and families while undergoing sexual abuse investigations. This coordinated response reduces trauma to the child victim and enhances prosecution. The CAC operates with the guidance of a multidisciplinary team with representation from each Dutchess County public and private agency involved in dealing with child sexual abuse and the most severe physical abuse and neglect.