Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
Rochelle Parker, Executive Director
503 E 23rd St
Independence, MO 64055
To prevent and treat all forms of child abuse by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing.
CAPA was founded in 1975 as a crisis and information hotline initially staffed by volunteers. From its inception, CAPA volunteers also provided hospital and home visitation to new mothers to share information on child development, health care and area support services. More than 39 years later, the work done by these volunteers has served as the foundation of CAPA’s current prevention, education and treatment programs.
Today, the agency provides three pillars of service to help end child abuse: Educational Services to promote prevention of child abuse; Family Support Services to strengthen families in need; and Counseling Services for children and adults recovering from the effects of neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. These programs are strengths-based, client-centered and trauma-informed in order to provide culturally respectful services. CAPA does not exclude potential participants based on income, although most participants are considered low income. Both Counseling and Family Support services are provided in Spanish.
CAPA is a Jackson County Mental Health Levy Level III service provider. In 2013, CAPA’s high quality services gained recognition when the agency was selected as Leader in Child Abuse Prevention by the Missouri Prevention Partners. In 2013, CAPA was able to serve 5,954 children and their families through its comprehensive programs.