Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)

CAPA's mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse and neglect by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing. 

Healthy Families Jackson County

CAPA's prevention programming includes Healthy Families Jackson County (HFJC), a voluntary, home visitation program available to families in Jackson County from the time they are prenatal until children reach the age three. HFJC uses the Healthy Families America model to provide in-depth services to families on a weekly basis. The primary goal of the program is to reduce instances of child abuse, maltreatment and violence against children by providing comprehensive support and education for new mothers.

Research shows that the best way to prevent child abuse is by helping to facilitate safe and healthy homes for children. HFJC does this by helping to increase key protective factors for each family served. These factors include family functioning and resiliency; social emotional support; concrete support (diapers, safe sleep supplies, infant care items); knowledge of child development and nurturing-attachment.

Protective Factors

Program progress and success is monitored using the Protective Factors Survey, which is administered at the initiation of services and re-administered on a regular basis. When these protective factors are strongly present, the chance of child abuse and other domestic violence is substantially decreased.

CAPA's own statistics reinforce the success of this model by showing that 100% of HFJC participants have no new involvement with the Family Court system while participating in the program.

Healthy Families Jackson County (HFJC) also works to decrease the risk of child maltreatment by actively working to detect postnatal depression for new mothers. Post-partum depression (PPD) can inhibit mother-infant bonding potentially leading to greater risk of child harm.

Four Decades

CAPA has served the community for over four decades providing comprehensive support for families. CAPA is proud to partner with new mothers through HFJC to help equip them with the tools and resources needed to create healthy and safe homes for their infants and toddlers.


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2023 COMBAT Funding:

2023 Service Projection:
80 People

Areas Of Focus

Child Abuse Prevention Association (Independence), 503 East 23rd St S, Independence, MO 64055

Child Abuse Prevention Assocaiton (Kansas City), 4240 Blue Ridge Blvd, Suite 515, Kansas City, MO 64133