Programs and Services Offered at CAPS
The overall goal of CAPS staff and Board of Directors is to ensure every child's right to grow up in a safe, nurturing home and community. The revenue generated from fundraisers along with grants from our sponsors is used to provide the following programs to the general population of the Tuscaloosa community and surrounding counties.
Nurturing Parenting/Children's Program
A structured, nationally recognized community-based program that meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at a local church throughout the year. The program is designed to teach parents nurturing/parenting skills that improve social interactions with their children, as well as, to teach strategies that deal with the stress, anger and frustration which studies have identified as contributory risk factors for child abuse and/or neglect
School-age children who accompany their parents are enrolled in our Nurturing Children's Program which is designed to build self-esteem, self confidence, and empathy. The Nurturing Children's program also aims to teach children appropriate interactive social skills so children do not perpetuate negative interactions that may lead to victimization and/or may perpetuate the "abuse cycle" when they become parents. Childcare is provided for children under age four (4).
Second Step Program - A structured, school-based violence prevention program designed for students from pre-K to 8th grade at selected Tuscaloosa City and County schools. The program's primary goal is to reduce students' aggressive and impulsive behaviors by teaching empathy skills, anger management and conflict resolution, as well as problem-solving and decision-making strategies. The Second Step Program for middle school students also focuses on the growing concerns regarding bullying and substance abuse.
Child Protection Program - The Child Protection Unit is an additional unit of the Second Step program. The unit teaches skills students need to recognize, report, and refuse unsafe situations and touches, especially sexually abusive behaviors. Students learn important rules about general safety and touching safety that will help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Students also learn how to report any unsafe or abusive situations to a caring adult.
Community Outreach Programs
The following programs and/or services are provided to high-risk families that have been referred by local agencies (i.e. Tuscaloosa City/County court systems, multiple county Department of Human Resources, etc.)
Nurturing Baby Program (Formerly Safe Sleep/Cribs for Kids)
A program designed to teach expectant mothers in the last trimester of pregnancy or mothers with children less than 6 months of age about the importance of providing safe sleeping environment to reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Each program participant views a video, participates in a group discussion and receives written information, as well as observes an assembly/disassembly demonstration and is provided a free Graco Pack n Play crib.
Seminar on Shaken Baby Syndrome
A community-based traumatic brain injury seminar designed to educate parents and the community at large of the risks involved with shaking a baby. The program explains how the brain is affected by violent shaking through the use of a simulator doll and shows how that shaking can lead to permanent disabilities or the death of the child. Children can be damaged from SBS from infancy through five years of age. The program offers an opportunity for open discussion concerning alternative behaviors and/or strategies that parents can utilize when frustrated with a crying infant or young child.
Understanding Prenatal Drug Exposure
A structured, community-based prenatal program taught in local facilities to provide educational information for at-risk women or those with at-risk pregnancies in an attempt to prevent or reduce the number of babies born with addictions and/or birth defects
A community-based safety program designed to guide parents in protecting their children online.
Preventing Child Abuse
A community-based program designed to teach the signs of abuse and also how to report abuse.