CDSS Employees holding up a Child Abuse Prevention Sign

About OCAP

The OCAP Vision: An integrated state-wide system that supports families to provide safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for their children.

The OCAP Mission: To shape policy and practice to promote the safety and well-being of California's children and families.

The OCAP Core Values

  • Collaboration: We work collaboratively to build protective factors and reduce risk factors to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.
  • Parent Leadership: We empower, engage and promote parents as partners in decision-making within systems and communities.
  • Collective Impact: We support and encourage leaders and community members from diverse backgrounds to work together to promote systemic change and eliminate child abuse and neglect.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement: We are data informed in decision-making and maintain an organizational culture that proactively supports continuous learning to improve outcomes.
  • Accountability: We model transparency and stewardship.
  • Innovation: We embrace new ideas, new methods and new measures that lead to better outcomes for children and families.

Our Team

OCAP carries out its mission through the work of two units: The Family and Community Support Services Team is responsible for the research, development and implementation of innovative programs that lead to the dissemination of promising/evidence based practices. The unit oversees:

  • Parent leadership programs
  • The State Children’s Trust Fund
  • Statewide public awareness and education campaigns and programs
  • Statewide training and technical assistance projects
  • All grants and contracts

The Prevention Network Development Team works jointly with CDSS’ Children’s Services Outcomes and Accountability Bureau (CSOAB), and counties and community stakeholders to facilitate California’s Child and Family Service Review (C-CFSR) process. Consultants provide technical assistance to counties and their funded-partners in the planning for and development of prevention-focused programs, associated budgets and evaluation plans to address unmet community needs. The unit oversees: