Childrens Advocacy Project (CAP) Casper, WY Non-Profit preventing Child Abuse
CAP of Casper Wyoming
History of the Children's Advocacy Program
History of the Children’s Advocacy Project, Inc.

Services to alleged child victims of sexual assault and severe child physical abuse and neglect were very different in 2000 than what is available today. After attending a national conference on severe child maltreatment, several members of child abuse investigation and prosecution became aware of the collaborative and comprehensive services that could be available through a CAC (Child Advocacy Center) model. A two year mapping process began, identifying the gaps in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse in Casper. That report identified several areas needing improvement. For example, generally dual investigations were taking place between child protective services and law enforcement investigators for the same case. The dual investigations often left both agencies unaware of the case as a whole. The results of dual investigations would mean that a child would be interviewed several times by more than one investigator; interviews were not recorded and did not follow a protocol minimizing leading and biased questions. In turn, prosecutors were left with a disjointed case and no recorded interview for jurors to watch to make an educated decision. The report also identified the need for specially trained medical personnel to provide forensic child sexual assault exams.

In January 2002, the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming, Inc. hired a project manager to carry out tasks necessary to coordinate the actions of all the professionals involved in responding to allegations of the most severe types of child maltreatment, sexual abuse and severe physical abuse, kidnapping and witness to crime. Partner agencies for the start-up project, included: Dept. of Family Services, Sheriff’s Office, Casper Police Dept., Evansville Police Dept., District Attorney’s Office and the Community Health Center.

With the generous support of the Wyoming Medical Center, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and other local funders, CAP moved from an idea into a reality by the end of 2002. Rich Fairservis constructed a beautiful facility designed specifically for the project and recently, with the help of one cent funds, the building was purchased by Natrona County.

The Children’s Advocacy Project (CAP) operated as a program of the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming (CHCCW) through June 2006. At that time, the once active Advisory Committee became a full functioning Board, including members of partner agencies (Sheriff’s Office, Casper Police Dept., District Atty Office, Dept. of Family Services) and vested members of the community. The original agencies involved in the inception of the program are still active partners and supporters today. In fact many originating members are still active in roles as Board Members.

In 2007, CAP became the first and only Child Advocacy Center in Wyoming to receive the prestigious National Children’s Alliance Accreditation, proving that CAP is dedicated to providing high quality services to investigators throughout the state. CAP remains a private, non-profit entity funded through a variety of federal, state, county and city funding along with private foundations and United Way support. With the support and generosity of funders, CAP has provided services to more than 1,600 children, completed over 1,100 Forensic Interviews, 250 forensic medical exams and nearly 1500 individual counseling sessions since 2002.

CAP is proud to announce the opening of the first Satellite Child Advocacy Center in Wyoming.  The center opened in Sept. 2013 and is located at 625 East Madison Street.  Open four days a month, the center will provide local services to children and families living within Fremont County.  The center will also prove to be a shorter drive for our partner agencies in Big Horn, Washakie and Hot Springs Count.  We are grateful for the generosity of the local and county officials who have helped fund the program, as well as Encana.  We look forward to a long and productive relationship.

The five main program objectives include:

1) To enhance interagency coordination in the investigation and treatment of child maltreatment;

2) To minimize further trauma to the child victim and non-offending family members by training professionals and coordinating services in a centralized, child and family-friendly environment;

3) To improve the quality of evidence collected;

4) To increase community awareness of child maltreatment;

5) To serve as a multidisciplinary resource for the expansion of this program to other communities in the state.

The mission of the Children's Advocacy Project (CAP) is to end the cycle of violence. that endangers generations of children. CAP will achieve this goal by continuing to operate a fully comprehensive children's advocacy center in Casper, Wyoming. CAP will provide timely and appropriate access to services so that child victims may begin to heal. We will prepare better cases that will be more likely to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes so they cannot continue to offend.

 

  MISSION STATEMENT

The Children’s Advocacy Project (CAP) is a team of committed agencies and individual professionals who work together to provide coordinated forensic and comprehensive services for alleged victims of child maltreatment and children who witness violence in order to minimize trauma to children, to break the cycle of abuse and to foster a more effective and efficient community response to child maltreatment.
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