Child Abuse Prevention Council

Overview Gabrielle Meyer

Child Abuse Prevention Council

Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) is the lead for the Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC). Child Abuse Prevention Councils (CAPCs) of California are community councils whose primary purpose is to coordinate the community’s efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect.

Because of the complexity of this charge, the Welfare and Institutions Code instructs that CAPCs should involve representatives from Child Welfare Services, the criminal justice system, the prevention and treatment services communities, and the larger community. The Yolo County CAPC includes representatives from a wide range of agencies, organizations, and the community. Members are appointed by the YCCA Board of Directors. The CAPC meets at least quarterly.

Vision, Mission, Values

Every child in Yolo County is safe and thrives.
The mission of the Yolo County Child abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is to eliminate child abuse and neglect and the adversity it causes by strengthening families and communities.
  • Child-centered
  • Prevention-focused
  • Trauma-informed
  • Evidence-informed
  • Culturally responsive
  • Collaborative
  • Promoting resilience
  • Prioritizing physical, emotional, and community safety

CAPC Functions

The Yolo County CAPC serves the following functions, in accordance with Welfare and Institutions Code 18982.2 (2-6) and the Yolo CAPC (1):

  1. Serve as an advocate for children and families in Yolo County
  2. Provide a forum for interagency cooperation and coordination in the prevention, detection, intervention, treatment, and legal processing of child abuse cases
  3. Promote the public awareness of abuse and neglect and the resources available for intervention and treatment
  4. Refer professionals to trainings in the prevention, detection, intervention, treatment, and legal processing of child abuse and neglect
  5. Recommend improvements in services to families and victims
  6. Encourage and facilitate community support for child abuse and neglect programs

CAPC Members

  • Celina Alveraz, Empower Yolo
  • Gina Daleiden, First 5 Yolo
  • Mariah Ernst-Collins, Yolo County Office of Education
  • Tracy Fauver, Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Sara Gavin, CommuniCare Health Center
  • Rachelle Gayton, Yolo County Probation
  • Cameron Handley, Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center (MDIC)
  • Karleen Jakowski, Yolo County Health and Human Services, Child Youth and Family Branch
  • Brian Vaughn, Yolo County Health and Human Services, Community Health Branch

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

An important way to protect children is to report any suspicions of child abuse and neglect to Child Welfare Services (CWS). Mandated reporters and community members can use Protecting Children: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect to learn the warning signs of abuse and neglect and how to report suspected child abuse and neglect. YCCA prepared this document in collaboration with Yolo County CWS. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, please call Yolo County Child Welfare Services at (888) 400-0022 (toll-free) or (530) 669-2345 (local). CWS welcomes consultation calls.

CAPC activities

  • Child Abuse Prevention Materials for Parents and Providers: YCCA, as a project of the CAPC, produces materials and resources for Yolo County agencies, organizations, and parents to help strengthen families throughout Yolo County. New materials are launched in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. For more information about our materials, click HERE.
  • Distribution of Period of PURPLE Crying Materials: The Period of PURPLE Crying program is an evidence-based Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma prevention program. YCCA provides materials to Yolo County birthing hospitals for dissemination to all parents of newborns. Learn more HERE.
  • Participation on the Yolo County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team: FIMR is a community-based program that works to address issues and factors that may affect fetal and infant mortality or morbidity. FIMR is dedicated to improving the services and resources for women, infants, and their families to reduce the occurrence of infant or fetal deaths within the community. During this process, community-based health professionals come together as a team to analyze the basic statistical and epidemiological aspects of fetal and infant mortality.
  • Participation on the Yolo County Child Death Review Team​
  • Other CAPC efforts: In addition, the CAPC has developed a 3-year Action Plan (2019-22) and currently has an ad hoc Data Committee to help inform child abuse and neglect prevention recommendations in Yolo County.