Who We Are

CAPC represents over 30 public and community based organizations.

The Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) of Tulare County was established as a private nonprofit council in 1982 in Visalia. The purpose of the CAPC has always been the promotion of child abuse prevention in the County through advocacy and education.

In 2005, the CAPC engaged in its first strategic planning effort and created vision and mission statements, which continue to illustrate and reflect the CAPC’s purpose:

Our Vision is to end child abuse by promoting healthy families where children realize their potential, becoming successful community members.

Our Mission is to prevent child abuse by building and maintaining community collaborations, by coordinating quality services, and by disseminating information for children and families.

We Value and believe in the strengths and resilience of families, accountability and empowerment of our communities, and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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What We Have Achieved

In its 34-year history, the CAPC is proud of its many accomplishments, which include:

  • Supporting and participating in the Child Protection Planning Council.
  • Conducting media campaigns and community education.
  • Recommending grant allocations to Tulare County Board of Supervisors in collaboration with the CAPC/CPPC Joint Allocations Committee for the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), and Child Abuse Prevention Intervention and Treatment funds (CAPIT).
  • Providing blue ribbon materials to assist our collaborative partners with local child abuse prevention activities. See more
  • Conducting various needs assessments.
  • Organizing and participating in community forums and events.
  • Providing speakers to groups about how to prevent child abuse. See more
  • Partnering with those in the county addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children/ child sex trafficking (CSEC), by focusing a conference on CSEC, creating the Tulare County Human Trafficking Resources website and newsletter, and working with partners on CSEC related events and projects. See more

CAPC Board of Directors


Frank Ruiz

Vice President/ Secretary

Frank is a Deputy County Counsel with the County of Kings handling exclusively child abuse matters. He holds a legal specialization with the State Bar of California in Child Welfare Law and has made the advocacy for children his priority. When Frank is not in the courtroom, he sits as a Board Member to the Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council and currently is the Chairperson for the City of Visalia's Citizens Advisory Committee. Now entering his 7th year of volunteering with city committees, Frank has demonstrated his willingness to give back to the community. Frank holds a 1st degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been training for 19 years. He enjoys traveling up and down the state of California coaching his 3 children as they compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Soccer, Baseball, and Softball. When the schedule permits, Frank can be found out in the community on a date night with his wife of 12 years.


Miriam Sallam


I have served as the Director of the Foster Care Education Program at the College of the Sequoias Community College for five years.  This role has afforded me the opportunity to serve current and transitional-aged foster youth.  In addition, I provide federal and state mandated trainings to resource parents and foster youth who are independent living eligible. I have earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fresno State University.  I have eight and a half years of experience working with the child welfare system – serving children and families.  Lastly, I have been an  adjunct instructor for Fresno Pacific University for two years. I enjoy teaching introduction to social work and providing field supervision to social work students interns


Angela Rodd-Terry

Board Member 

I have been serving the most vulnerable in our communities for the past 32 years, making recommendations to courts regarding the best interest of infants, children, adults, and the elderly. My extensive experience working with families in the context of the court system gives a legal perspective when considering protection and safety of children in Tulare County. This experience includes working in Child Welfare Services in several Counties in California, and for a local non-profit foster care agency. My years in management has developed my leadership skills in personnel management, strategic planning, budgeting, grant writing, marketing, and collaborating, to name a few.  Our Court used to regularly attend CAPC meetings over 10 years ago; and when I became the Director, it was important to me to resume attendance at CAPC in order to have a presence in the community in order to collaborate with others who share a same mission of protecting the most vulnerable in our community, to have a place to share and examine trends and the needs of the community, and to implement strategies to ensure families are thriving in Tulare County.

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Ernie S. Flores 

Board Member

Ernie S. Flores is a former educator turned entrepreneur/business owner in Tulare County. Previous to beginning his entrepreneurship, he served as a
local educator for 25 years as a high school teacher/coach, Principal and Superintendent. Ernie is now the CEO/Owner of NextHome True North Realty and Creative Ideas Co. Marketing and Advertising Solutions Ernie was born and raised in Madera and has lived in Tulare County for the last 39 years. He received his B.S. in Child Development/Psychology and his M.A. in Education Leadership & Administration from Fresno State. Ernie's joy and passion is his family and his faith in Jesus Christ and serving
others. He's been married to his wife Sharmae for 39 years and together they have raised four wonderful children, plus they have 8 adorable grandchildren who steal their hearts every day. He has a servant's heart for serving his communities and making sure that ALL children are provided with safe schools, safe communities and safe families.
During his free time, he enjoys exercising/working out every morning and he loves to read and travel with his wife, especially to the Central Coast.



Beth Wilshire

Interim Executive Director


Hannah Douglass

Community Outreach & Media Specialist


Criselda Ibarra

Executive Administrative Assistant