History of the CAPE Council
The Child Abuse Prevention & Education Council of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties was founded in 1982 with the original name the Northwest Michigan Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect or NWMCPCAN. The name officially changed in 2001 to the Child Abuse Council of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties and again in 2016 to include Prevention and Education. What has remained consistent through our existence is the Council’s commitment and dedication to our mission of prevention of child abuse and neglect through increased public awareness and education.
The CAPE Council is a Children’s Trust Fund Designated Council. The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is a statewide, non-profit organization also dedicated to the prevention of abuse and neglect. The CTF works in partnership with the local councils that serve Michigan’s 83 counties.
Local councils are independent, community-based organizations that identify needs and facilitate collaborative prevention programs for children and families in their communities. In addition to the financial support it provides to local councils across the state, CTF awards grants to direct service providers as well.
In addition to the CTF, funding from our donors, businesses, community foundations, churches, service organizations and the United Way helps the Child Abuse Council work with other agencies to provide thousands of pieces of parenting, prevention, reporting, and child development materials for distribution throughout our two county area.