Child Abuse Pre­ven­tion Coun­cil hosts Adopt-A-Fam­ily gift pro­gram

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Oula Miq­bel NEWS-SENTINEL STAFF WRITER

For chil­dren liv­ing un­der the threat of vi­o­lence and abuse, the hol­i­days can be a dif­fi­cult time of year. With the help of the Child Abuse Pre­ven­tion Coun­cil of San Joaquin County, the agency is look­ing for com­mu­nity vol­un­teers to adopt a fam­ily for the hol­i­days.

CAPC vol­un­teers can adopt a child or fam­ily by spon­sor­ing gifts on a Christ­mas list. They are re­quest­ing vol­un­teers to do­nate a min­i­mum of two gifts per child in a fam­ily.

The fam­i­lies be­ing adopted are re­ceiv­ing ser­vices by CAPC. The CAPC of­fers a place for fam­i­lies to go in a time of cri­sis and pro­vides par­ents with an en­vi­ron­ment to learn new par­ent­ing tech­niques and a place to in­cor­po­rate new par­ent­ing strate­gies that can im­prove a fam­ily’s over­all qual­ity of life.

CAPC formed in 1978, fol­low­ing a San Joaquin Civil Grand

Jury in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of 3-year-old Latanya Smith, who was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend.

Af­ter learn­ing the har­row­ing de­tails of Smith’s death the county cre­ated the CAPC. CAPC con­tin­ues to work with chil­dren and fam­i­lies in cri­sis, work­ing as ad­vo­cates for the county's youth.

“It truly takes each and ev­ery one of us to help strengthen the chil­dren of our com­mu­nity,” said Maria Robinson, a CAPC com­mu­nity out­reach co­or­di­na­tor.

The CAPC has gath­ered wish lists from chil­dren and can email lists to vol­un­teers look­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of abused and ne­glected chil­dren this Christ­mas.

Peo­ple will­ing to do­nate gifts to fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to do­nate Gro­cery Store Gift Cards in $25, $30, and $40 in­cre­ments to any gro­cery store, ac­cord­ing to Robinson.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to share this mes­sage with friends and fam­ily. We can all show hol­i­day spirit by shopping for a child whose fam­ily is strug­gling this sea­son,” Robinson said.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in adopt­ing a child or fam­ily can con­tact CAPC staff by call­ing 209-464-4524. All vol­un­teers com­mit­ted to adopt­ing a child or fam­ily are re­quired to have their gifts sent to the CAPC of­fice, 540 N. Cal­i­for­nia St., Stock­ton, by Dec. 21.

To learn more about CAPC staff and the ser­vices they of­fer, visit https://nochild­abuse.org/.

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