In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Cope Family Center, the lead agency for the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Napa County (CAPC), is kicking off a month-long awareness campaign with an emotional display and short ceremony at Napa City Hall. The community is invited to attend the public ceremony on Thursday, April 4, 4:00-5:00 to learn more about the issue of child abuse and demonstrate their commitment to keeping children safe.
Life hasn’t been easy for Isabel, a Napan and mother of five children under age 10.
Isabel, who is 37, has struggled with alcohol addiction. As a child, she endured trauma including sexual and other abuse. She also suffers from depression and anxiety.
At one point, after a fight with her husband, Isabel was arrested and charged with domestic battery. She had to move out of the family home temporarily, effectively becoming homeless. Child Protective Services got involved.
Cope Family Center announced they have recently expanded services across their programs including parent education and drop-in crisis support. “Our goal has remained steady over the years,” said Executive Director Michele Grupe. “We are here to help parents manage the demands of parenting and life’s challenges so they can give their children a secure, loving and healthy home. But the stressors that parents face have changed over time, and as a result, our programs continually evolve to best meet the needs of families.”
Cope Family Center, which manages the Napa County Triple P (NCTP) Collaborative, announced that January 2019 has been proclaimed Positive Parenting Awareness Month by the Napa County Board of Supervisors. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) offers proven strategies that strengthen relationships with children and prevent and manage a full range of parenting challenges.
For over 20 years, Cope Family Center has been privileged to have the support of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), having received over $3 million of Auction Napa Valley proceeds in that time. This generosity has transformed the lives of thousands of children and their families and helped build a stronger community for all. NVV recently announced their support will continue in 2019 with a grant of $400,000.
My name is Marti and I’m writing today to thank you for your past support and ask you to please renew your commitment to breaking the cycle of child abuse in Napa County. I have been a Home Visitor and Parent Educator at Cope Family Center since 1994 and have been supporting children and families for even longer than that.
On Friday, September 7, 2018 we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. The theme was superheroes in honor of all our volunteer hard work throughout the year, helping to "save the day." Our volunteers do so much, from organizing files and supporting our administrative staff, to helping provide services when disaster struck last October during the fires. We are so thankful for all that they do for us and for the families we serve - thank you volunteers!
Last month, three families graduated from the Healthy Families™ Home Visiting (HFHV) program. This is the first group of graduating families in the program since its inception in 2012.
Seeing these children grow from infancy to their first day of school is not only helpful for their development, but extremely rewarding. This would not be possible without all of the incredible support of our donors. You make it possible for Melanie to excel at matching games at every visit; for Octavio to become a great storyteller, sharing a new story with the FSS every time they met; for Joshua to learn how to read with his Mom’s support before he turned 5. These seemingly small milestones will be lifelong memories for these children and their families.
Children’s advocates are urging community leaders to tackle such issues as affordable housing and a living wage as ways to help curb child abuse and neglect. The county last year had 314 verified child abuse cases, according to the Napa County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Last week, the group presented its annual “Report on Children” to the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
Now that the community is transitioning into long-term recovery, Cope will continue to serve families working to heal from the fires. The financial, mental and emotional impact of the disaster on already vulnerable families will be long-lasting and the road to recovery will be long. Read more to learn how Cope will continue to support families impacted by the fires.
Letter to the Editor in the Napa Valley Register outlining Cope's role in wildfire relief efforts and recognizing the partners who made the work possible.
My name is Carole and I have had the honor and pleasure of serving on the Board of Cope Family Center for nearly six years. During this time, I have worked alongside dedicated volunteers and skilled staff to help carry out Cope’s mission to empower parents, nurture children and strengthen communities. During this season of giving, please join me in supporting this important work.
After the 2014 earthquake, Cope Family Center was identified as a key partner to provide emergency support during a disaster. When disaster struck our community last month, Cope Family Center once again served (and continues to serve) a critical role in assisting the community in disaster response, relief and recovery. On October 9th, Cope immediately re-allocated staff and volunteer resources to meet the needs of the community and continues to re-assess priorities and direct resources where needed.
Baby Steps, one of our most intensive support programs, is increasing its scope to meet the needs of our community. Previously the program had been reserved for young, first-time moms and their families. Now Baby Steps is open to all pregnant moms and their families in Napa County, regardless of age or number of children.