The United Way of the Cape Fear Area announced plans Friday afternoon to redistribute parenting programs to organizations who have offered to help care for the clients left behind the Child Advocacy Parenting Place (CAPP) Center.
CAPP closed its doors after announcing it no longer had enough funds to operate.
According to United Way President Chris Nelson, the Parents Child Interactive Therapy program will be taken over by Coastal Horizons and Coastal Care. The parenting skills class will be replaced with a program called Triple P (positive parenting program). The Department of Social Services, Smart Start New Hanover County and the United Way will help sponsor Triple P.
The Grandparent program which helps grandparents raise small children will continue to be operated by the First Presbyterian Church.
According to Nelson continuing the CAPP parenting programs are necessary for families in Wilmington.
"Without it we'd see greater families being broken up and that is tragic," Nelson said. "So if families can become better at parent and becoming a family then families they will thrive and be doing so much better."
Nelson said the closing of CAPP should serve as a wake-up call to the community to step up and support organizations that help the community.
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