The Child and Family Advocacy Center

The Child and Family Advocacy CenterElkhart County

1000 West Hively Avenue
Elkhart, IN

574-522-1998 Ext. 292


Lauren Kelly


In the early 70’s there was a growing concern that child abuse was a problem in Elkhart County and nationwide. In 1974, United Way of Elkhart County appointed a task force to study the problem of child abuse and to find solutions. In 1976, United Way provided funding to hire a Child Abuse Coordinator for Elkhart County. The Child Abuse Coordinator was housed with an existing United Way agency known as the Child Health Society of Elkhart. The Child Health Society later changed its name to New Day Parent-Child Society which resulted in a later name change to Child Abuse Prevention Services. CAPS participated in the first Governor’s Conference on Child Abuse in 1976, which led to the formation of the Indiana Chapter of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. Much of the focus in late 70’s and early 80’s was on raising awareness about child abuse and how to prevent it.

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