The Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center (FCAPC ) was founded in Lucas County in 1974 by a local pediatrician and a small group of concerned citizens who saw firsthand the devastating effects of child abuse. While child protection and law enforcement agencies have a crucial role in child protection, the founders of FCAPC had the foresight to see the need for additional community partners. From the compassion, dedication, and vision of this small group of people, an organization evolved with dedicated professionals who diligently work to break the cycle of interpersonal violence. With offices in Lucas and Ottawa counties, FCAPC serves approximately 50,000 individuals each year.
The mission of Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center is to “intervene and educate to reduce family violence.” The services include a Children’s Advocacy Center, Animal Assisted Therapy, court-based advocacy for victims of domestic violence, the Batterer Intervention Program, case management and support groups for survivors of domestic violence, Help Me Grow services, professional and community awareness training, home-based and school-based child abuse and violence prevention programs, and facilitation and support of local abuse prevention coalitions.
Founded in 1997, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a program of FCAPC. As one of the first CAC’s in the state, we are now one of the 20+ programs in Ohio to have full accreditation status by the National Children’s Alliance, the accrediting body for CAC’s nationwide. Our mission is to provide the community with a coordinated, multidisciplinary, and sensitive approach to child abuse through a child-friendly center in which child abuse can be investigated. The CAC also recognizes the need to reduce the trauma that children and families experience during the investigation and prosecution process. The CAC provides services to over 1,000 children and non-offending caregivers each year.
Over the past 43 years, the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center has made such a large impact on the lives of the members in our community. FCAPC has been able to reach over 950,000 individuals with their programming. They have taught over 240,000 children in our community ways to keep themselves safe and how to tell someone if they are being abused. They have turned victims into survivors with their domestic violence court advocacy program. They have helped children and their non-offending caregivers heal from the devastating effects of child sexual abuse. They have taught batterers how to lead non-violent lives. They have taught the community how to protect children.
Each year it becomes harder to maintain this stellar program due to an increased need for services and a steady decline in grant funding sources. We never charge a fee for services provided to victims and their non-offending caregivers. Many of our clients would not get the help they deserve without our free services. All of this work could not be done without our community. Generous donations allow FCAPC and the CAC to continue to impact the lives of 50,000 people this year in our community.
FCAPC would love for you to attend the Spring Luncheon on April 21, 2017 at the Inverness Club. They want you to hear the incredible impact that the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center has on our clients directly from our clients. Their stories of survival are compelling and allow you to see exactly where your dollars are being delivered. If you cannot make the event, please consider a monetary donation to end the cycle of abuse in our community.❦