We are ALL in charge of protecting the most vulnerable.
The responsibility falls on all of us to prevent child abuse by keeping our eyes
and ears open. We implore you to be "Neighbor Aware".

Be aware. When you're watering your grass,
walking your dog, or at the grocery store...be aware.

Evil depends on good people staying silent.

As our summer celebrations may look different, 
we can still use this opportunity to encourage those around us.

This month, let's continue to be #NeighborAware

CASA Superhero Run 2020:
We're Going Virtual!

The Child Abuse Prevention Council and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are excited to invite you to participate in our CASA Superhero Virtual Run on September 26th, 2020. 

While the world might be a little disrupted, it's important to keep active and look after your physical and mental health.

A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, on the track, or join us at Lodi Lake. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. The self-guided Superhero course at Lodi Lake will be available from  dawn to dusk  from September 26th-27th.

As CASAs, volunteers take on tasks too massive for any single hero. We need you! As the only agency  in our county  appointed to advocate for  kids in foster care,  CASAs collaborate and stand up for  those  who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. In our community, we have over 1,700 kids battling the odds against foster care statistics every day.  We are calling upon you and your own superpowers!

Some of our  youth  in foster care are living in less than ideal circumstances, even without the global pandemic factored in. Many are not sure what the future holds or where they will be living next month or next year. Our community cannot forget our most vulnerable youth right now. We must help them through this pandemic nightmare that is disproportionately impacting them.

It is your compassion and heart that can make a difference. We invite you to help San Joaquin County's foster kids by participating in the CASA Superhero Virtual Run. As runners,  you can help spread the word about CASAs, and together, we will advocate to ensure  that kids in foster care  are safe and grow up in loving homes.

So, join us Superheroes! Grab your cape, don your mask, reveal your alter ego, and make a difference for kids in foster care.

World's Best Lasagna
Recipe by John Chandler

If you find that you have some extra time on your hands, make a lasagna for a neighbor and pick a date to check in! This is a perfect opportunity to be #NeighborAware.  

Don't ask "How are you doing?" - it's a question that can be answered too quickly. 

Instead, try asking open ended questions to assess the family's coping strategies.

For example:
  • What has been something new you've learned about your family during this time?
  • What has been something fun you've enjoyed doing together?
  • What are some challenges your family has faced so far? How have you responded to them?
  • How do members of your family ask for a time out or a break in healthy ways?
  • How are grown ups taking care of their mental health? Kids?
  • What are you worrying about? What are the kids worrying about? (Subsequently: how do you manage these worries? How do you talk about them?)  
As we continue social distancing, it is critical to stay vigilant and aware for the kiddos in our community. Children living on our block may be suffering in silence. If you see or hear something, please be proactive - erring on the side of caution. 

Remember that even the simplest of actions can make the biggest impact, especially during trying times.

For the World's Best Lasagna recipe, click here !

Join the CAPC Family!

At CAPC we prioritize the overall well-being of children and families. We are dedicated to their protection and health, both mental and physical. We are strongly committed to strengthening the family as a whole. This is why WE NEED YOU!

 If you're looking for an amazing work environment, incredible coworkers, and an opportunity to truly make a difference in your community, the CAPC is the place to be! 

Why Work for the CAPC?
-We care and value YOU!
-We innovate to make a difference!
-We offer professional development opportunities!
-Your Work-Life balance is our agency PRIORITY!
-We offer a GREAT benefits package for you and your family!

Interested in a profession at the Child Abuse Prevention Council? 
Check out our available job listings at  https://nochildabuse.org/join-our-team/
Why CAPC? It's the place to be!

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