The Safe Center Acquires Child Abuse Prevention Services

The Island Now

The Safe Center LI, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Child Abuse Prevention Services and will immediately rebrand the vital 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. 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,” said Cynthia Scott, Executive Director of The Safe Center. “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. This is especially important now, when child abuse is significantly underreported as a result of COVID-19’s impact on schools and summer programs. Additionally, children who are suffering from online bullying may feel there is nowhere to turn. CAPS at The Safe Center’s programming will help to shed some light and provide a source of support to those children and communities in need.”

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.

Most of these highly trained volunteers have many years of experience delivering impactful programs to elementary, middle and high school students. These volunteers will be incorporated into the already robust volunteer educator program at The Safe Center markedly increasing the educational capacity.

“We are thrilled that CAPS’ mission to keep kids safe from harm will continue to thrive,” said Joanne Campbell Schiefer, Board President of Child Abuse Prevention Services. “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.”

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