Background and Purpose
The establishment, focus and responsibilities of a Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (Council) is delineated in the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC). As a “community council” its primary role is focused on coordination of the community’s efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse. Council functions are outlined through the WIC and include but are not limited to:
- Providing a forum for interagency cooperation and coordination in the prevention, detection, treatment, and legal processing of child abuse cases.
- Promoting public awareness of the abuse and neglect of children and the resources available for intervention and treatment.
- Encouraging and facilitating the training of professionals in the detection, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
- Recommending improvements in services to families and victims.
- Encouraging and facilitating community support for child abuse and neglect programs.
While the role and charge given to the Council is significant, it is of importance to note that there are no statutory or regulatory powers given to the Council for oversight of services. The Council does not direct or control services, nor does the Council take on a role as a direct service provider for services. The Council works through a model of collaboration to achieve its goals and objectives.
The Raise Foundation was designated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to serve as Orange County’s Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council. The Raise Foundation has served in this role for over 40 years. To best facilitate the purposes and role of the Council, a designated Coordinating Council membership is established and supported by The Raise Foundation.