Child Abuse Prevention Association
Post Office Box 531
Beaufort SC 29901-0531
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address Post Office Box 531
Beaufort, SC 299010531
Telephone (843) 5244350
Fax (843) 5250070
Projected Annual Revenue $1,309,424.00 (2017)
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. Bernard P. Kole
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
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.
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 to 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 desperately 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 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 Lowcountry counties as space is available. The shelter is an emergency facility that provides quality out-of-home care 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 based on the National Exchange Club Family Aide model.  In 2017, in response to a critical shortage of foster homes in South Carolina, the agency launched our Resource Family program to recruit, train, and license foster families in the Lowcountry. 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.
1. Launched our Resource Family Program (foster care)
2. Added onsite therapeutic services
3. Applied Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) 
4. Expanded school based outreach 
1. Expand Resource Family Program both in size and scope
2. Begin plans to build a modern children's home
3. Expand support services to area foster and adoptive families 
South Carolina needs 1,500 more foster families to meet the needs of the children currently in care. CAPA needs resource families willing to open their homes to children from hard places. We also need the funds to complete each home study and background check. $800 per family
Purchase an additional vehicle for our Exchange Parent Aide home visitation program: $15,000 
Purchase stress balls to give out during our school-based outreach lessons in Beaufort County elementary schools: $2,500.
Provide a real summer vacation trip to the beach or Disney World for the residents of the Open Arms Children's Home:  $5,000.
Volunteers to give four hours a week at our thrift store, CAPA's Closet. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Thank you for searching out our little agency. We are thrilled to share our history, our mission, our results, and our plans with you. CAPA believes that all children should be kept safe from harm - intentional and unintentional. We try to accomplish this through intervention and prevention.

Most group home providers don’t have prevention programs and prevention agencies traditionally don’t have group homes. This interesting dichotomy creates a perspective that few have: we see what happens when abuse and neglect aren’t prevented and we get to celebrate when they are! We get to watch parents change their minds, hearts, and attitudes. We get to see families become stronger. And we get to watch resilient children heal.

CAPA is one of the smallest agencies to achieve accreditation from the Council on Accreditation. This process requires a constant attention to national standards, outcomes, and progress – a hallmark that sets CAPA above others.

CAPA’s 2017 outcomes show that we are making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve as we track progress for continual improvement. We aren’t an agency focused solely on the numbers served – we want to make certain that those we interact with are changed for the better!

  • 86% of teachers reported children had an increase in knowledge of child abuse and neglect; 77% of students increased their ability to be assertive and report abuse.
  • 83% of Triple P participants increased their parenting skills.
  • 71.5% of Parent Aide participants increased their financial knowledge; 81% increased protective factors; 93% became gainfully employed.
  • 96% of Cribs for Kids parents were placing babies in an empty crib; 96% on their backs; and 100% were using the crib we provided.
  • 100% of children in residence were not victimized while in our care; 82% discharged to a less restrictive setting; 100% of those able, visited with their families or siblings; 80% practiced mindfulness.


We are a family: staff members that move the needle on child abuse and neglect; our board of directors who steer the ship; volunteers that give of their time, treasure, and talent; donors and grantors who provide us with the resources to our work. Our family also includes the children and families we have served over the last four decades. It takes each and every one to move forward.

We invite anyone interested in volunteering, donating, or otherwise connecting with our agency to come see us. The energy around the agency is palpable and we are excited to be moving forward into the coming years!

Board Chair Statement

Almost 50 years ago as a young criminal prosecutor in a major city, I pursued charges against abusers of both women and children. I saw first-hand the effects of trauma on the victims.

Thirty-three years ago, CAPA opened a shelter in Beaufort County to protect abused and neglected children. Over 2,300 have walked or been carried through our doors. We provide food, shelter, clothing and love but our group home can only be a temporary solution.

South Carolina is in dire need of additional placements for foster children. We have partnered with the Department of Social Services to recruit, train, and support Resource Families. We have started in Beaufort and Jasper counties but will expand to Allendale, Hampton, and Colleton – the same areas served by our home.

Our Outreach staff goes into the schools to teach Pre-K through 5th graders how to recognize abuse and what to do if it happens. We teach educators and other child-serving professionals about their reporting requirements and the procedures to follow.

With a grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, CAPA has been able to bring the National Exchange Club Parent Aide program to the Lowcountry – the first in South Carolina. Our trained staff work with families identified as at risk for abuse and neglect to prevent their children from entering foster care.

With your support, we can continue to provide best-practice programming to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

As board member of the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) for seven years and president for the 2018 year, I am honored to be part of this much needed and dynamic organization.

Bernie Kole, President

Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Jasper County
Colleton County
Hampton 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.  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. The National Exchange Club Parent Aide program provides in-home visitation in Beaufort, Jasper, and Colleton counties. CAPA's Resource Family program serves Beaufort and Jasper counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bernard P. Kole
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Bob Bible Atlantic Marine Corps Communities
Charlie Braddock
Nan Brown-Sutton Community Volunteer
Stacey Canaday
Allison Coppage
Brooke Dean
Kim Duke-Clark
Dawn Freeman Beaufort County School District
Jesse Gavigan Marine Corps Community Services
Jonathan Gray
Bernie Kole
Melissa Murray Beaufort County School District
Tierney Stone
Danielle Troutman The Clark Troutman Group - Merrill Lynch
Gertie Washington Gertie Washington, LPC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 66%
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
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Business Income
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
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
Christina Wilson is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Management and holds her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-profit Management from South University. She previously worked in real estate law for 14 years. She and her husband are foster and adoptive parents.
Former Executive Director/CEOs
Mrs. Susan Cato Apr 1986 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
Jessica Chapman Director of Development
April Fletcher-Clark Director of Programs
Charmian Hedrick Director of Operations
Tina Kuhn Director of Residential Services
Full Time Staff 19
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 101
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 86%
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Yes
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)
Together SC
Palmetto Association of Children and Families
Beaufort County 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
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2016
National Exchange Club Foundation2017
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 2,300 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 2017, 47 children lived in our home, each for an average of 92 days.
Budget $731,856.00
Short Term Success

100% of children and youth will practice Independent Living Skills while residing at the Open Arms Children’s Home. 90% of children and youth will be discharged to a less restrictive or permanent family setting within 9-12 months of admission to the group home.

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 twelve will receive a Casey Life Skills assessment and training appropriate to their needs.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

The program success is monitored by clinical notes, interviews with children and youth, surveys and feedback from the Department of Social Services, and child and youth assessments.


Erin's Law requires all public schools to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. CAPA's program for Pre-K through 5th grade is offered at no charge to the school district. Our highly trained staff uses age appropriate videos, books, and role playing activities to explain difficult and uncomfortable subject matter. Take home materials are available in English and Spanish for further discussion between parent and child. After CAPA lessons, children are able to recognize the three kinds of touch and the three safety step strategies. They are able to respond to unsafe and confusing situations reducing their risk of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and sexual assault. Children are empowered to report any abuse to a safe adult and taught to keep telling until an adult listens.

Budget $92,311.00
Short Term Success

Empowering children in the Beaufort County area of the types of child abuse and grooming behaviors that sexual predators will use to build a fake trust with children and their care givers. Reporting abuse when a child discloses and making sure the child get the proper help that he / she needs. By the end of the lesson 75% of children will recognize the three kinds of touches, understand how to utilize the three safety steps to respond if ever in a dangerous situation, and have the ability to report the right information to a safe adult. After two lessons are presented to 3rd – 5th graders, 75% of the students will show an increase in their knowledge about the four major types of child abuse, strategies to deter unsafe situations, and become empowered with the knowledge to report abuse. 

Long Term Success

By providing lessons to children in the Beaufort County area CAPA will be able to reduce the cycle of child abuse. This will be accomplished by empowering children to know the different types of child abuse and what to do if they are ever abused. Long term goals include reaching all schools in Beaufort County – public and private. For participating youth, 75% will recognize potential physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect situations. By providing Outreach lessons it empowers children by giving them a voice, the vocabulary, and the right information to tell an adult.

Program Success Monitored BY

Program success is evaluated by teacher surveys and classroom observations. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students are pre and post tested to measure gains in knowledge.

Our Parent Support Programs include:
The evidenced-based Exchange Parent Aide home-visitation program. Parent Aides are trained, professionally supervised individuals (paid and volunteer) who provide supportive and educational, in-home services to families at-risk of child abuse and neglect for up to 13 months.
CAPA is Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative partner providing a uniform safe sleep message with the intervention of a crib if needed. Our program includes information on SIDS/SUID, identifying risk factors, and the ABCs of Safe Sleep (Alone, on the Back, in a Crib). Clients are referred by area pediatricians, hospitals, DSS, and community programs such as First Steps, FACES, and Parents as Teachers. We also partner with PASOS to reach the Latina community. 
CAPA provides weekly parent education classes at our outreach center in Port Royal, utilizing the Triple P curriculum. Additionally, we have bi-monthly classes at the Beaufort County Detention Center. 
Budget $184,528.00
Short Term Success

After 6 months of the program, 100% of parents who are interested in seeking employment will obtain employment; 80% of families will increase protective factors; and 100% will increase financial knowledge.

Three months after the Cribs for Kids class,  80% of parents will have cribs free of soft items, are putting their babies to sleep on their backs, and are using a crib or bassinet at all times.
75% of Triple P participants will show improvement in 3 of the 5 constructs by the end of the program. 
Long Term Success

For families completing the Exchange Parent Aide Program, 80% will reduce risk factors for child abuse and neglect; 80% of families will no longer have involvement with Child Protective Services, and their families will remain intact and healthy, improving communication, bonding, and appropriate use of discipline strategies.

Cribs for Kids participants will not lose a child to SIDS or SUID. 
85% of parents who complete Triple P will sustain their ability utilize appropriate, non-violent  child rearing practices.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

Participants are assessed at entrance and exit of the program by the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory, the Protective Factors Survey, and the Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Questionnaires.

Parent Aide and Triple P participants are pre and post tested using the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2),  Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE), and Resilience Questionnaire. In addition, Parent Aide participants are given a protective factors survey and regularly scheduled evaluations to measure progress. 

Cribs for Kids participants are given a safe sleep questionnaire before referral to the program. At the conclusion of the class, they are surveyed on materials presented with a follow up call three months after.


South Carolina has a critical shortage of foster beds for children removed from their homes due to allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. CAPA has formed a public/private partnership with Beaufort County Department of Social Services in order to recruit, orientate, license, and train 10 Resource families by June 2018. There is the potential for up to 36 total licensed Resource Families by December 2018. Currently there are 62 children Beaufort County children in foster care  and 71% are placed out in other counties due to the deficit in available foster homes.      

Budget $136,058.00
Short Term Success

Within 6-12 months, 75% of Beaufort County foster children that are currently place out of county will be placed with CAPA’s licensed resource families.

Long Term Success

Our goal is to place 100% of Beaufort County children in Beaufort County foster homes to mitigate re-victimization and further trauma from separation from their birth families and community bonds.

Program Success Monitored BY

Out of the percentage of recruited Resource Families that are “selected in” as part of our PRIDE Model of Practice through the Child Welfare League of America as measured by a Mutual Family Assessment, 6 out of 10 complete licensure versus the state percentage of 1 in 10.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $1,309,424.00
Projected Expenses $1,274,312.00
Endowment Value $292,168.00
Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$423,057$451,542$476,400
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4$4,381$36,028
Membership Dues$0----
Special Events$420,726--$349,355
Revenue In-Kind$482,221--$391,690
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,278,992$1,170,271$1,168,339
Administration Expense$141,369$133,367$84,162
Fundraising Expense$164,305$139,606$121,380
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.971.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%81%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%31%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,498,107$1,457,092$1,513,253
Current Assets$792,566$758,067$777,365
Long-Term Liabilities$455,792$388,348$423,108
Current Liabilities$0$28,865$0
Total Net Assets$1,042,315$1,039,879$1,090,145
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--26.26--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets30%27%28%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --SC Department of Social Services $329,217 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --SC Department of Public Safety $88,176 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --United Way of the Lowcountry $49,125 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2018
Nonprofit Child Abuse Prevention Association
Address Post Office Box 531
Beaufort, SC 299010531
Primary Phone (843) 5244350
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Christina Wilson
Board Chair Mr. Bernard P. Kole
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Year of Incorporation 1980