The Safe Center LI has completed its acquisition of Child Abuse Prevention Services and is rebranding its programming as CAPS at The Safe Center.
The addition of established CAPS programs including Steer Clear of Bullies and CyberSMARTZ, both of which will be integrated into The Safe Center’s education department, allows the Bethpage-based agency to expand its program offerings throughout Long Island, according to a statement from the nonprofit.
Additionally, CAPS’ 38 year history providing training to prevent bullying and child abuse will create new opportunities to build new programs through each agency’s existing relationships.
“We are excited about incorporating CAPS into our Education Department and expanding our ability to keep children safe,” Cynthia Scott, executive director of The Safe Center, said in the statement. “CAPS’ programs are a tremendous fit for our educational services and CAPS’ relationships with elementary schools across Long Island will enable us to reach a new population and broaden our prevention efforts.”
Through CAPS at The Safe Center, students and faculty will have increased access to educational workshops and programming developed with existing resources. CAPS has over 130 experienced program volunteers who will be invited to join the rebranded program.
“We are thrilled that CAPS’ mission to keep kids safe from harm will continue to thrive,” Joanne Campbell Schiefer, board president of Child Abuse Prevention Services, said in the statement. “There is great synergy between CAPS and The Safe Center, and our renowned education programs focused on bullying, abuse and neglect will fit perfectly within their array of programs and services.”
The Safe Center provides comprehensive services to victims of interpersonal violence including domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking and elder abuse. In 2019, The Safe Center’s Education Department provided 837 trainings for a total of 25,893 people.