Child Abuse Prevention Association
PO Box 531
Beaufort SC 29901-0531
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO Box 531
Beaufort, SC 299010531
Telephone (843) 5244350
Fax (843) 5250070
Projected Annual Revenue $1,309,424.00 (2015)
Mission Statement CAPA exists to break the destructive cycle of child abuse and neglect by equipping parents, children and their caregivers with necessary skills, knowledge and values.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christina Wilson
Board Chair Mr. Bob Bible
Board Chair Company Affiliation Atlantic Marine Corps Communities
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Financial Summary
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Mission CAPA exists to break the destructive cycle of child abuse and neglect by equipping parents, children and their caregivers with necessary skills, knowledge and values.
Background In 1976, in response to the passage of the Child Welfare Act, each state was required to appoint a committee to determine how the state responded to the issue of child abuse and neglect. A Beaufort County social worker was appointed the committee to study the issue.As a result a multi-disciplinary team with representatives from many area agencies was formed and identified many prevention services that were badly needed for families.A volunteer-based group was formed and called the Beaufort County Citizens Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Volunteers were recruited and two programs were began, a weekly Parents Anonymous Group and Welcome Baby, a hospital visitation program at Beaufort Memorial.The need for a children’s shelter was mentioned as early as 1976.In 1981, the group was officially chartered and incorporated as the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), a tax exempt agency (Internal Revenue Service 501c(3). The shelter was opened in March, 1985 and accepts victims of abuse and/or neglect from the 14th Judicial Circuit and other Low County counties as space is available.The shelter is an emergency facility that provides quality out of home care to and seeks to keep sibling groups together, offering comprehensive case management and advocacy services for youth from birth to 21 years of age. In 2012, the Open Arms Shelter was upgraded to a Level 1 Group Home.While still accepting emergency placements, CAPA is now able to provide a safe and nurturing home for longer periods of time to allow for suitable, permanent placements to be found. To better reflect this change in designation and the homelike atmosphere, the shelter was renamed the Open Arms Children’s Home in 2015. Also in 2015, CAPA launched our trauma-focused home visitation program bases on the Exchange Club Family Aide model.  CAPA has continued to grow into a viable community resource whose primary mission is the prevention of child abuse through best-practice, science-based programming.
In 2014, the Open Arms Children's Home served 69 children.  We had an average of 12 children per day who stayed with us for an average of 79 days each.  Unfortunately, we had to turn away an additional 69 children due to lack of beds.  We will be undergoing renovations at the end of July, 2015 to expand from 15 beds to 18 beds.  That may not sound like a big change but it will make a difference in our ability to house larger sibling groups. CAPA began administering the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) tool in 2012 to parent education participants.  We discovered that the great majority of participants had experienced childhood trauma themselves and were not aware of its lasting physical and psychological effects or how their behaviors were traumatizing their children. We were healing the child and sending them right back into a war zone. In 2015, CAPA launched a trauma focused home visitation program to work on healing the family instead of just the child.  Parent Aides visit with families that have been identified by the Department of Social Services at at-risk of losing their children.  Parent Aides will maintain a healthy, trusting relationship with the parent(s) and develop a treatment plan to identify needs and match them with available community resources.
New roof for the Open Arms Residential Home - $15,000
Juice boxes and individual snacks for children at summer camp.
Human resources specialist to assist in updating employee handbook. 
Volunteers in our thrift store, CAPA's Closet to receive, sort, merchandise, and sell donated items.  All proceeds directly benefit CAPA programs.
Volunteer visions and storytellers for Beaufort Ghost Tours in October. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement Executive Director is currently writing her statement.
Board Chair Statement Board President is currently writing his statement.
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Colleton County
Hampton County
Jasper County
The Open Arms Children's Home primarily serves Beaufort, Jasper, Allendale, Hampton and Colleton counties but due to a statewide lack of suitable foster homes, we accept children from across the state.  The Trauma-focused Home Visitation, School-Based Prevention Education and Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) are offered in Beaufort County.  Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, Mandated Reporter Training, and Cribs for Kids are offered in Beaufort and Jasper counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bob Bible
Company Affiliation Atlantic Marine Corps Communities
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2016
Board of Directors
Bob Bible Atlantic Marine Corps Communities
Charlie Braddock
Chavon Brown
Nan Brown
Stacey Canaday
Roseann Connor
Allison Coppage
Brooke Dean
Paul Denning
Kim Duke-Clark
Dawn Freeman
Margaret Fyfe
Jonathan Gray
Katie Grindle
Bernie Kole
Melissa Murray
Tierney Stone
Ron Voegeli
Dawn Walz
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 13
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Mrs. Christina Wilson
Experience Wilson, a graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in finance, recently earned her master’s degree at South University in public policy. She has worked in real estate law for the past 14 years. She and her husband are foster and adoptive parents.
Former Executive Director/CEOs
Mrs. Susan Cato Apr 1986 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
April Fletcher-Clark Director of Programs
Charmian Hedrick Director of Operations
Tina Kuhn Director of Residential Services
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 101
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Abuse Prevention Coalition
Collaborative Organizations of Services for Youth (COSY)
Children's Trust of South Carolina
Palmetto Association of Children and Families
Human Services Alliance 
Prevent Child Abuse America - Member2013
United Way Member Agency2013
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA)2008
Council on Accreditation (COA)2012
Description CAPA's Open Arms Children's Home serves children from birth to 21 who have been removed from their parents or caregivers due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect.  We have served over 2,100 children since 1985. Our residential home is a 4,600 sqft, 15 bed facility staffed 24 hours a day. We provided case management, clothing, family style meals, school tutoring, encouragement and love. In 2014, 69 children lived in our home, each for an average of 79 days.
Budget 731679
Short Term Success 34 of 69 residents completed exit interviews. Several residents did not complete due to being underage (8), an unplanned disruption (15), refusal (1), unable to comprehend (1), or still being in care (10). CAPA received an average of 10 out of 10 on all 34 completed exit interviews. 68% (35 of 51) residents were able to verbalize and demonstrate a Safety Plan. The remaining were unplanned exits or disruptions (15) or inability to comprehend (1). 83% (10 of 12) of children over the age of 12 received Life Skills training. Two children lacked the mental capacity to comprehend the program.
Long Term Success All residents will feel safe, nurtured, and cared for and will receive appropriate medical care while in Open Arms. All residents over the age of four will show the ability to verbalize and demonstrate a Safety Plan. All residents over the age of 12 will receive a Casey Life Skills assessment and training appropriate to their needs.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Safety Plans, case files, Case Manager reports, exit interviews, daily behavior logs, report cards, progress reports.
Description Over the past 10 years, CAPA has provided weekly on-site parent education classes at our outreach center in Port Royal, utilizing the Triple P Curriculum. Additionally, we have conducted on-going bi-monthly classes at the Beaufort County Detention Center.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Description Providing safe sleeping education and a Pack n Play to new mothers in need.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Description CAPA offers science-based, best-practice abuse prevention classes to 1, 3 & 5 grade classes in public and private schools. Students are pre- and post-tested after each of the three lessons per class.
Short Term Success
Long Term Success
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $1,309,424.00
Projected Expenses $1,274,312.00
Endowment Value $292,168.00
Spending Policy N/A
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$451,542$476,400$973,040
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,381$36,028$28,811
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$349,355$284,005
Revenue In-Kind--$391,690$243,672
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,170,271$1,168,339$1,040,570
Administration Expense$133,367$84,162$61,276
Fundraising Expense$139,606$121,380$124,022
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.151.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue31%8%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,457,092$1,513,253$1,365,191
Current Assets$758,067$777,365$590,999
Long-Term Liabilities$388,348$423,108$481,972
Current Liabilities$28,865$0$756
Total Net Assets$1,039,879$1,090,145$882,463
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities26.26--781.74
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets27%28%35%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSC Department of Social Services $329,217 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSC Department of Public Safety $88,176 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of the Lowcountry $49,125 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose Design and construction of a larger residential facility for abused and neglected children. The land has been donated.
Goal $1,500,000
Dates Apr 2018 to Apr 2019
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2016
Nonprofit Child Abuse Prevention Association
Address PO Box 531
Beaufort, SC 299010531
Primary Phone (843) 5244350
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christina Wilson
Board Chair Mr. Bob Bible
Board Chair Company Affiliation Atlantic Marine Corps Communities
Year of Incorporation 1980