Parent Cafe

All About Parent Cafés

 

The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County aims to provide support, instruction and services to families in order to prevent child abuse throughout the county. This is done by partnering with other organizations and coordinating a variety of programs. One of these important programs is the Parent Café – a program developed by parents for parents with an overarching goal of strengthening families.

 

What happens at a Parent Café?

Parent Cafés use a structured discussion to allow an informal, participant-led dialogue. The program is designed to create a safe place to promote parent leadership and facilitate meaningful conversations. Parents have the opportunity to share their experiences, joys and concerns of parenthood with others in the community.

 

Who should attend a Parent Café?

Anyone who is parenting a child age 0-17 years old is encouraged to attend a Parent Café in their community. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County holds Parent Cafés for those interested, as well as a café for youth.

 

What is the Importance of a Parent Café?

The program introduces the Strengthening Familiesä Protective Factors:

  • Resilience: Parent Resilience
  • Relationships: Positive Social Connections
  • Support: Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Communication: Social and Emotional Competence

 

Participants learn more about their strengths, how to create parent strategies and others’ experiences. Parent Cafés bring excitement and encouragement to all those who commit their time. In addition, Parent Cafés use a national evaluation to make long-term impacts.

 

 

To learn more about Parent Cafés, click here or contact Val Cameron (val.warrencountycapc@gmail.com).

Meet Ryan Waller

What position do you have on the Council?

 

I am a board member.

 

How long have you been on the Council?

 

I have served on the Council for a little more than a year.

 

Why are you part of the Council?

 

I was raised in a single-family home. It was not always easy, but looking back, my siblings and I were blessed to have the love and support of not only our mother, but also so many friends, neighbors and extended family. Service and advocacy to our youth and others who are in need is a passion of mine and I am proud to be on the Council.

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Meet Emi Larson

 

What position do you have on the Council?

 

I am the secretary.

 

How long have you been on the Council?

 

I’ve served on the Council since January of 2015 with a brief period off in 2017.

 

Why are you part of the Council?

 

I originally joined the Council as a parent representative because I wanted to be more involved in our community. I continue to serve because I’ve learned so much about the effects of ACEs on children & about the need for sexual abuse awareness, I consider it my duty as well as my privilege to contribute in this way. It is so important that we do everything we can to have a lasting impact on Warren County residents by raising awareness, educating, and ultimately preventing child abuse in our communities.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month – April Giving Campaign

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month – one of the most important times for child abuse prevention councils around the country. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County (CAPCWC) is running our giving campaign throughout the month, to spread awareness of the programs we serve and to fund these programs which benefit the community. 100 percent of the funds we raise go to supporting our programs and Warren County families. When you financially support our ongoing work with children, parents and the community, you become involved in protecting children. The CAPCWC currently runs three programs:

24/7 Dad:Developed by fathering and parenting experts, 24/7 Dad focuses on the characteristics men need to be involved fathers around the clock, while helping develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills they need as well.

Learn & Play Group:This curriculum provides a developmentally appropriate structure for use in playgroups and early childhood programs for parents and their children, ages 0-5.

Parent Café:Providing a non-judgmental environment for parents and caregivers, Parent Café facilitates meaningful conversations about how to keep their children safe and their family strong. All three of these programs work with Warren County families to strengthen relationships and be confident in parenting.

According to a survey, 56 percent of Iowans experienced at least one of eight types of child abuse and household dysfunction from 2012-2014. These Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include:

Emotional abuse

Physical abuse

Sexual abuse

Substance abuse

Mental illness

Parental separation or divorce

Incarceration

Domestic violence.

Want to make a donation? https://capwarrenco.com/donate/

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Board Member Spotlight: Catherine Reman-Gerdes

Meet Catherine Reman-Gerdes! 

What position do you have on the council?

I’m a board member, and I represent victim services.

How long have you been on the council?

I have been on the council since July 2017.

Why are you a part of the council?  

Throughout my career, I have been very passionate about prevention work. I have had numerous opportunities to help develop and implement community strategies that can prevent abuse and violence from occurring. Building safe communities makes sense from both an economic as well as a social and/or emotional perspective.

Board Member Spotlight: Karen L. De Vore

Meet Karen L. De Vore

What position do you have on the council?

I serve as the Council’s treasurer.

How long have you been on the council?

I have been on the Council for 34 Years!

Why are you part of the council?

I was service supervisor in the Warren County Department of Human Service office and saw a need for preventative service to be offered to parents in Warren County and a need to provide education to the community regarding the positive impact of providing such services. A group of folks interested in pursuing those goals began on a shoe string budget and reached out for funding to address those needs. It has evolved over the years from establishing a council and identifying programing that would help the community better understand the need for services to families, to providing programing that assist families in relieving stress and having the tools needed to be nurturing parents.

Board Member Spotlight: Morgan Konrad

Meet Morgan Konrad

What position do you have on the Council?

I serve as a board member representing substance abuse/counseling.

How long have you been on the Council?

I’ve been a part of the Council for a little over two years.

Why are you part of the Council?

I am part of the council because I want to lend a helping hand in any way I can. I want to help assist the Warren County community, not only in my employment as a substance abuse counselor, but also as a board member and a Warren County community member. I chose to be on the council to become a part of the solution and to grow as a stronger community.