As we wrap up our month of celebrating the Community Action Program for Children, we thought we’d share a couple of stories. As you may know, SIRCH has been providing the CAPC program in Haliburton since 1994, and has sponsored CAPC in City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland Counties since 1998! CAPC does so much more than connect parents, provide tangible support, and ensure participants receive nutritious food; it has also been the catalyst for some amazing success stories! There are so many participants who make us super proud!
Several parents return to secondary or post-secondary education. One has been taking online classes for a year, and has found full time work in the field in which she studied. Several have upgraded so they can apply to college or university. It is so great to see their confidence and determination. This past year one of the CAPC graduates opened her own home-based licensed daycare! Many of our parents are involved in small home-based businesses for products they have created, or have become distributors for established companies.
A previous teen mom had two children permanently removed from her care. When she was pregnant with her third child, she joined CAPC / CPNP and gained the skills, peer support, and confidence that supported her in a successful parenting journey. Now, this mother has been displaying the skills and positive attachment with her child to the degree that all concerned community agencies have signed off on services due to confidence in her abilities.
There are literally dozens of success stories — we are so proud to be able to provide this service in our community.