To Report Child Abuse, please call: 1-800-606-6618

The vision of the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) is that, “No child suffers from abuse or neglect.”

The mission of OCAP is, “To shape policy, build communities and strengthen families so that child maltreatment is prevented.”

“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.” —Desmond Tutu

To Report Child Abuse, please call:                         1-800-606-6618                                                            


Welcome to the Monterey County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC).

The purpose of the Monterey County Child Abuse and Prevention Council (CAPC) is to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect in Monterey County. The role of CAPC is to act as the catalyst, convener and coordinator of prevention efforts throughout the county of Monterey.

Monterey County CAPC highlights

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30.3% child poverty rate. Monterey County is the childhood poverty capital of California. (19/20)


In Monterey County, there are over 10,000 licensed child care openings for more than 38,000 children born through five-years-old.


72% of children in Monterey County are eligible for free or reduced lunch.


In 2020 114,917 children 0-17 lived in Monterey County.


39.9 of 1000 children (0 up to 18) in Monterey County are impacted by a substantiated report of child abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of Children.


There are more than 10,000 licensed Child Care slots for children on Monterey county.


Many Prevention services offered in Monterey County contributing to 0.9 per 1000 of children in Monterey County end up in foster care for abuse and neglect. (19/20).


In 2019 66% of mother’s giving birth had attained a minimum high school diploma.


Housing and then food are the two largest costs in Monterey County for raising a child.


39.9% of Monterey County vs. 50.9% of California students meet or exceed academic performance in the 3rd, 8th and 11th grades as determined by CAASPP.


Monterey County has more homeless students than San Francisco and San Jose combined. (19/20)

Est. 1986

The MC BOS created the Monterey County CAPC on June 10, 1986.

30 Years

Monterey County CAPC has been part of the 10 Greater Bay Area CAPCs for more than 30 years.

1,580 children died

In 2014 an estimated 1,580 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. This breaks down to between four and five children a day.

Tip of the Day

For more parenting tips about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child’s life, please visit:
Positive Parenting Tips / Consejos de crianza positiva

Training Resources

The first link is to California on-line mandated reporter training for a variety of groups. Participants are asked to complete the general training one time and the role specific training every two years. Completion of this training should be documented within your local Human Resources Department or within your personal credential paperwork. For local Monterey County specific information related to Mandated Reporter please e-mail and a question and answer session can be set up with you or your organization.

The second link takes you to a shared Greater Bay Area training calendar where CAPC sponsored local, regional and statewide training resources will be posted.

If you are worried about a child or suspect child abuse or neglect,
please call: 1-800-606-6618