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Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition

Strong Families Need Strong Support

Mission

The mission of the Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition (CCNSC) is to strengthen families and the resources that support them in order to help prevent child abuse and neglect in our region.

We strive to achieve this mission by promoting effective community-based family support initiatives, and by participating in coordination and collaboration among family support providers, practitioners and policy-makers.

Priorities

The priorities of the CCNSC are:

  • Community-based Family Support Initiatives and Resources
  • Parent Support and Education
  • Quality Child Care and Positive Youth Development
  • Violence Prevention
  • Effective Social Services
    • Including a positive role for the Department of Children and Families (DCF), formerly the Department of Social Services (DSS), in the community.

Background

In response to the federal Family Preservation and Support Act, the Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS) began the regional "Community Connections" initiative in 1993.

CCNSC started its work strengthening families and resources in East Falmouth and Mashpee, then the entire Upper Cape, and ultimately across the Cape and Islands.

Today, 22 Community Connections coalitions across the state, including the CCNSC, share a mission to prevent child abuse and neglect.  But we each work independently and locally in response to our individual community's needs, wants, strengths and constraints. We are federally funded but community-based.

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