Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc.

Volunteers planted more than 35,000 daffodil bulbs in Carrier Park last October to honor children who have experienced abuse in N.C.

Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc. is a local nonprofit that works to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and assist children who have experienced abuse. There are almost 4,000 reports of child abuse and neglect in Buncombe County annually. “But child abuse is a preventable tragedy,” asserts Bill McGuire, Director of CAPS. “That is why it is so critical to stop the hurt before it starts …”

Last year CAPS educated and empowered 7,500 children to protect themselves through a school-based program, provided adult training to 500 childcare providers, and helped 500 children and their families get through the horrific trauma of child abuse.

Fundraisers include the annual Arby’s Child Advocacy Classic golf tournament, August 21, and the Alderman’s Daylily Sale. The first daylily sale of the year starts this Friday, June 15, and will run through the weekend. The Alderman’s will offer a second weekend sale beginning July 20. “Hopefully one day all children can have a safe, healthy childhood and the opportunity to reach their potential,” envisions Don Swaby, President of the Board of CAPS. Info: 254-2000 or childadvocacy@buncombe.main.nc.us

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