Child And Parent Services (Elkhart, IN)


  • Name:Dave Tibbets
  • Title:Grant Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Child And Parent Services
  • Address:1000 West Hively avenue
    Elkhart, IN 46517
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:574-295-2277
  • Main fax:574-295-6-7642

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Child And Parent Services is to ensure that every child lives a life free from abuse and neglect. CAPS accomplishes this through education, advocacy and intervention with families and the community to support safe, stable, nurturing relationships for all children.

  • Overview:
  • CAPS – Child And Parent Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization. CAPS has been providing services to families in Elkhart County, Indiana since the early 1970s and has established a reputation as a leader in child abuse prevention efforts at the local, regional, and state levels.

    CAPS provides services and programs across the entire spectrum of abuse prevention, from general positive parenting information for all parents, to services specifically targeting those parents at increased risk for child abuse, and including families who need intervention after abuse or neglect in order to break the cycle of abuse.

    CAPS conducts public awareness and education events throughout the year by participation in community, service, and corporate fairs and events, appearing on local broadcast media. These events are considered to be “primary” abuse prevention efforts. Of our formal programs, Parenting also provides primary prevention through parenting classes.

    Secondary prevention, efforts directed at high risk families, are also a result of our Parenting classes. In addition, Our Healthy Families, Parent Aide, and Building Blocks Laboratory Preschool provide secondary prevention measures.

    Our Supervised Visitation, Child and Family Advocacy Center, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Building Blocks Laboratory Preschool, and to a lesser extent, Parenting classes work toward preventing further abuse after children have already been traumatized.

    In 2014 CAPS provided services to over 6,000 individuals (includes parents, children, and professionals). More than 2,000 families are enrolled in programs at CAPS each year.

  • History:
  • 1943: The Elkhart Child Welfare Society Inc. was incorporated, in part, to carry on the mission of the existing Child Welfare Station.

    1962: The corporate name was changed to Child Health Society of Elkhart, Indiana, Inc. 219 W. Marion St., Elkhart.

    1973: United Way of Elkhart County convened a county-wide task force to address the problem of child abuse in Elkhart County.

    1976: Corporate focus of the Child Health Society began to shift with the hiring of a Child Abuse Coordinator to coordinate county–wide efforts and to develop new programs.

    1978: Crisis Nursery established: The nursery provided a safe haven for children, and later changed its focus to treat young victims of abuse in a therapeutic day care setting.

    1980: The corporate name was changed to New Day Parent-Child Society, Inc.

    1980: Our Therapeutic Preschool began, renamed Children’s Day Treatment Program by 1988; called Building Blocks Laboratory Preschool by 1996.

    1980: “Little Bear” developed. This was a play to help children learn to recognize and report sexual abuse. The play was widely presented to elementary school-aged children throughout Elkhart County for several years.

    1983: Elkhart County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) was established. In the early 1980's the juvenile court identified a need for trained volunteer advocates known as Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA's that could help the court determine what was best for abused and neglected children.

    1984: The Parent Aide program was established as a volunteer “role model” program.

    1985: The corporate name was changed to Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc. (CAPS)

    1985: Parenting education and support services began: CAPS saw a need and started developing and offering parenting classes. Often these classes were court ordered as part of a treatment program.

    1989: CAPS and Oaklawn (a local mental health provider) partner to provide POWER (Positive Options for Women Entering Recovery).

    1989: United Way of Elkhart County funded an in-depth study of the child abuse service delivery system in Elkhart County. This study identified a fragmented system for interviewing physically and sexually abused children. Thus, the Child and Family Advocacy Center (CFAC) opened in 1991 to provide a safe place to conduct forensic interviews.

    1990: Supervised Visitation program was established in response to a need identified by welfare and court officials to provide a safe place for children to visit birth parents or the non-custodial parent.

    1990: A satellite preschool facility opened in Goshen.

    1991: Child and Family Advocacy Center (CFAC) was established to conduct forensic interviews of abused children. Due to space constraints it was located off-site.

    1991: CAPS became an affiliate of the Indiana Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse

    1992: CAPS became an affiliate of the National Exchange Club Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

    1992: Satellite preschool facility closed in Goshen.

    1994: In 1994, a unique partnership was developed with the state to develop the Healthy Families Elkhart County program. This program was launched to overwhelmed parents, identified at the time of their child's birth, and provides support services until the child starts school.

    1995: CAPS relocated to Joy Rose Center from its location in a former home.

    2000: Baby, Think It Over began. This innovative hands-on program gives students a computerized lifelike infant simulator (Baby) to care for an extended period of time. These future parents are able to experience firsthand the responsibility of parenthood.

    2005: The corporate name was changed to Child And Parent Services, Inc.

    2005: CFAC was relocated to Joy Rose Center.

    2007: CAPS reestablished its Goshen presence by opening Healthy Families office in Goshen’s River Plaza.

    2012: A new strategic plan, “Vision 2020,” was implemented with the goal of reducing the child abuse/neglect rate in Elkhart County by 30% by the year 2020.

    2013: Mission Statement was revised to its current wording.

  • Year established:1943
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:4
  • Advisory board size:17
  • Staff size:92


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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