The mission of the Children’s Advocacy Project of Columbus (CAP4Kids) is to help bridge the gap between families in need and the many social services agencies offering valuable programs and services. Originally starting in Philadelphia, CAP4Kids has expanded to 14 cities, and is now affiliated with many large pediatric institutions nationwide.
“By posting local resources and information on a central website, we can educate and empower parents while giving pediatricians, other health care professionals and child advocates an effective reference tool to connect parents with the services they need,” said Emily Decker, MD, pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Within the site, users will find a comprehensive listing of many social service agencies that exist to improve the lives of families in need. The CAP4Kids website is arranged into the categories listed below and form the nearly two dozen parent handouts that users can print directly from the site.
After School Programs & Camps
Early Intervention Services
Food & Nutrition
Immigration & Refugee Services
Pregnancy Resources & Infants
The site also features program descriptions, childhood safety tips, links to regional and national child advocacy organizations and sample letters for parents or child advocates to request evaluations and hearings. In addition, users have the opportunity to receive e-mail updates from CAP4Kids Columbus about new community service programs and important child advocacy issues. The site is updated frequently to add resources and ensure accuracy.
The idea of CAP4Kids Columbus started with review of an article in Pediatrics in Review in 2007 about how Daniel Taylor, MD, a pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, creatively used technology to link children and families to social service resources. The Child Advocacy Project of Philadelphia website currently receives upwards of one million hits a year just six years after its launching.
“We are excited for families, caregivers and health care professionals to begin using this resource,” said Darryl Robbins, MD, president of Children’s Practicing Pediatricians. “It has great potential to empower all users and ultimately improve the health of children in our community.”
For more information, visit www.cap4kids.org/columbus.