JF&CS program receives statewide award

Jewish Family & Children’s Service announced its Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) has received recognition from Missouri Prevention Partners for exemplary leadership in accepting the responsibility of child abuse prevention and taking steps to protect children in the community. CAPP has been named as a 2013 Leader in Child Abuse Prevention for the program’s efforts to prevent child abuse in Missouri.  The award will be presented at the Pinwheels for Prevention Community Pinwheel Garden Ceremony on April 17 in Jefferson City, Mo.

CAPP teaches child safety, abuse recognition and abuse prevention. At no cost, JF&CS teaches personal safety skills to school-age children, their parents and educators at public and private schools, daycare facilities and community organizations.

This comprehensive program includes free training and education for professionals and parents. In a safe and non-threatening manner, children ages 3-19 learn how to recognize and prevent abuse through a format designed to entertain and inform using videos, songs and other activities. To date, CAPP has presented to more than 325,000 children, educators and parents in the St. Louis Metropolitan region.

Executive Director of JF&CS, Louis Albert, says he is particularly proud of Jennifer Bernstein, CAPP program coordinator, and the hard working CAPP staff. “Due to their tireless work with the children in our community, this extremely effective primary prevention program would not be possible.”

For more information about Jewish Family & Children’s Service, call 314-993-1000, or visit www.jfcs-stl.org.