On average, police investigate 150 cases of child abuse each month and that’s just in Elkhart County!
The numbers are shocking and those are only the cases that are reported!
But there are programs that can help!
For a handful of children this preschool class serves as a "happy and safe" place to go every morning.
It's for at-risk children who come from overburdened families but right now there's a waiting list.
“We wish we had the funds we could just say to everybody if you need our help, come on let's go,” says Jami Stamm CAPS’ marketing director.
CAPS, Children and Parent Services of Elkhart County, offers six programs.
They include preschool, forensic interviews, Casa, home visitation, parenting classes, and supervised visits.
The programs help parents who may feel overwhelmed, are struggling with finances, or facing family problems.
“You know life is hard parenting is hard families have sometimes incredible burdens to carry but it doesn't have to result in kids being hurt,” says Candy Yoder, CAPS’ Vice-President.
Sadly though last Tuesday 4 children were found dead in a home on Hester Street. Their mom was later arrested.
On Friday Police say a two-year-old boy was severely beaten at a house close by.
It’s a sad reminder for staff at caps that their work is never done.
“Anytime I here of children being abused or killed by parents it really saddens me because it doesn’t have to happen. I guess that the point I would like to the community to know is that if you are a parent and struggling with whatever the issues are there's help,” says Yoder.
Some of the programs are full but that doesn't mean there isn't help out there.
For more information on CAPS
Located in the Joy Rose Center
1000 W. Hively Ave
P.O. Box 773
Elkhart, IN 46515