In the Community

As a community leader in child abuse and prevention, CAP initiates outreach efforts that include communicating with target audiences to provide helpful information and specific tools to detect and prevent child abuse.

  • Community physicians receive prevention materials for parental guidance on how to handle stressors such as infant crying and toilet training
  • CAP participates in Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month each April by mounting a public relations and public information campaign for the Houston community


For professionals

In the community, CAP conducts an educational program, SCAN (Suspect Child Abuse and Neglect), for the following professionals:

  • Community physicians and nurses
  • First responders
  • Law enforcement
  • Child protective services professionals
  • Teachers

With an emphasis on detection and prevention, SCAN focuses on the following topics:

  • Identifying signs and symptoms of child maltreatment
  • Biomechanics of various injuries and how they can indicate underlying abuse
  • Importance of family history
  • Conditions that mimic abuse
  • How to document injury findings
  • Local resources for medical consultation or service referrals

For the general public:

CAP conducts a public program for expecting and new parents, Happy Baby, which focuses on aspects of normal infant crying development, techniques for soothing a crying baby and self-care in the prevention of abusive head trauma.