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Alpine County Child Abuse Prevention Council
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Cheri, Renae, Janel, Jenn, and Alissa wear their blue ~ April 4 2015
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

"April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children," said Jennifer Kline of Live Violence Free speaking as the Chairperson for the Alpine County Child Abuse Prevention Council. "Everyone's participation is critical.  Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development."

Wear Blue 4 Kids
Friday, April 4th was #wearblue4kids day. Some members of the CAPC got together to show their blue off!


Rainbow Awards ~ Making Rainbows in the Lives of Children

Thursday, April 16, 6:00 pm at Turtle Rock Park
In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention month, Alpine Kids and the Alpine County Child Abuse Prevention Council are hosting an award dinner to honor those individuals living or working in Alpine County who are "Making Rainbows in the Lives of Children".  The honorees are nominated by local children and their families who complete the following: "This individual has shown tremendous support for children in this community and has also made rainbows in the lives of children in the following ways:"  Each of these nominations and stories will be read aloud at the dinner and many of our local children will also be reading selected poetry.

At the Alpine County Board of Supervisor's meeting of April 7, 2015 the following resolution was made:

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF ALPINE, STATE OF CALIFORNIA DECLARING APRIL, 2015 AS “CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH”

Whereas, as a society, we have a responsibility to nurture and protect our children and help ensure they become healthy and productive adults; and

Whereas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks child abuse among America’s top public health crises; and

Whereas, scientific studies confirm a direct link between child abuse and a significantly greater risk later in life for alcohol and substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, obesity, sexual promiscuity, smoking, suicide, continued family violence and criminal behavior; and

Whereas, a child is reported abused in California every minute of every day; and

Whereas, during periods of economic downturns, families are much more vulnerable and the incidence of abuse increases, across all segments of our society; 

Whereas
, child abuse and neglect can be reduced by making sure each family has the support they need in raising their children in a safe, nurturing environment;

Whereas, all members of the community have a role to play in strengthening families to ensure children are valued and supported; and

Whereas, all communities have the responsibility to offer parents the education, support and skills they need to provide healthy, safe and nurturing homes for their children.

Whereas, in Alpine County there are numerous committed agencies, parents, relatives, community volunteers, public policymakers and professionals who are collaborating their efforts to eliminate child abuse in the county and give our children hope, security and safety;

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Alpine joins in declaring April to be “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” and In so declaring, Alpine County officials, employees and citizens are encouraged to join the important efforts of the Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Washoe Tribe of California & Nevada, First 5 Alpine, Live Violence Free, Alpine County Office of Education, and Tahoe Youth & Family Services, and all partners serving children and families to work together to prevent child abuse and neglect and build healthy, safe and strong families and communities. Children succeed when their parents succeed — and families do better when they live in supportive communities. 

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors of Alpine County, State of California, at a regular meeting of said Board on this 7th day of April, 2015 by the following vote:

AYES: 5
NOES: 0
ABSENT: 0

Our Mission
The mission of the Alpine County Child Abuse Prevention Council is to encourage and support interactive community based programs to ensure that children and families are safe and healthy.


Our Members
The Alpine County Child Abuse Prevention Council shall consist of a minimum of seven (7) members, up to a maximum of thirteen (13) members.  As the prevention of child abuse requires the involvement of the entire community, the Child Abuse Prevention Council shall encourage representation from a wide variety of agencies, organizations, and the residential community.

Up to seven (7) members shall be chosen from the following professions: 
Alpine County Office of Education/Unified School District, 
Alpine County Health and Human Services Department, 
Office of the Alpine County District Attorney, 
Superior Court of Alpine County,
Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, 
Alpine County Coroner’s Office,
Alpine County Probation Department,
Community-based social services agency(s), 
Community-based children’s services agency(s),
Community-based religious organization(s),
Alpine County Public Health Department,
Alpine County Behavioral Health Department,
Private Schools based within Alpine County,
Civic Organizations based within Alpine County.

Up to five (5) members shall broadly represent the community-at-large.  A member representing the community-at-large who is also from one of the above professions must be designated in their application for Council membership as representing their identified community. Such community-at-large members must be residents representing the following communities: 
Bear Valley, 
Markleeville, 
Woodfords, 
Hung-A-Lel-Ti,
Kirkwood,
Hope Valley,
And/or any other areas within the borders of Alpine County

One (1) member shall be recommended by the Hung-A-Lel-Ti Community Council.  In addition, the Council shall also include a formally appointed, but non-voting, liaison of Alpine County Board of Supervisors.

As of April 1, 2015, the Council members are:

Service Profession members (maximum of 7 persons)
Betty Hathaway, Tahoe Youth & Family Services Mentor Coordinator
Jennifer Kline, Council Chairperson, Live Violence Free Alpine Coordinator
Gordon Morse, Alpine County Probation Services
Alissa Nourse, Director Alpine County Behavioral Health Services
Rick Stephens, Alpine County Sheriff/Coroner
Cheri Warrell, Alpine County United School District/Office of Education; Learning Center Director
Nichole Williamson, Director Alpine County Health & Human Services

Community members (maximum of 5 persons)
Rachael Brothers, Community Member; Choices for Children
VACANT ~ Community Member (up to 4 more persons)

Hung-A-Lel-Ti Community Council (1 member)
Rebecca Rhynes, Director Woodfords Indian Education Center

Alpine County Board of Supervisors, non-voting Liaison
Katherine Rakow,  Chairperson