Child Abuse Prevention

Through Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) of Child and Family Charities, trained, licensed, and compassionate childcare professionals work to connect families to resources for raising happy and healthy children. First incorporated as the Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and then as Child Abuse Prevention Services, CAPS continues to be the only organization in Ingham County dedicated solely to providing support services to single parents and families.


Child Abuse Prevention Services Primary Goals Are To:

  • Strengthen the family
  • Educate the community
  • Give parents the tools they need to successfully nurture children.
  • Prevent the Cycle of Child Abuse


Helpful Resources


    FGC utilizes Food Smarts and Cooking Matters at the Store curriculums and classes that provide comprehensive approaches through food to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and access to healthy foods within the community. 

Family Growth Center

It is a place for children to enjoy FREE drop-in childcare for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age. A nominal fee is charged to higher income families. Family Growth Center is a program of Child Abuse Prevention Services

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Community Outreach

  • FGC operates a small food, diaper, toy and clothing bank for FGC families in need.
  • FGC helps connect families to other community resources in support of employment, housing, health, and legal needs.


Healthy Transitions engages parents of children who are Medicaid Eligible or receiving Medicaid assistance.  Data shows that low or no income families are more at risk of child maltreatment.  Providing outreach services is a strategic and effective method in diminishing child abuse.

Positive Pathways Flyer and Referral Form

Public Awareness

Community Outreach & Public Awareness provides the general public and specific at-risk populations with child abuse prevention information, strategies, and resources. Our staff is adept at relating this highly charged and sensitive, yet vitally important message to your group, task force, organization, business, or team. 

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You can also help in the following ways:

  • You can make a difference by volunteering just a few hours a week to the Family Growth Center.
  • You can provide your assistance by adopting a family at special times of the year or donating toys or games for the holidays—making holiday dreams come true for needy children and their families.
  • You can choose to help lower our costs by donating much needed basic needs or equipment.
  • You can also help by giving generously through a financial donation to the Family Growth Center.
Children Trust Michigan

2021 Beneficiaries



Families and 36 children served through Family Growth Center



lunches distributed



parents received Medicaid outreach



SNAP-Ed classes provided 



Families received food or household assistance items



Shoppers received nutrition support and education though our Farmers Market Food Navigator



Families received holiday support