In 2019 PCAO became certified ACE Interface Presenters in order to do our part to “tell everyone” and promote healing for communities and individuals impacted by ACE’s, especially child abuse and neglect.

Pinwheels for Prevention® is a national public engagement campaign that began in 2008.  Since then, over 5 million pinwheels have been displayed nationwide. The campaign symbol, a blue and silver pinwheel, is a reminder of the happy childhoods and bright futures that all children deserve. Prevent Child Abuse Oregon (PCAO) adopted the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign to spread a message of resilience, engage communities, and inspire action across Oregon communities.

In 2019, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon began to convene a network of organizations that work in different capacities to strengthen families and protect children. The organizations were invited based on their statewide lens and reach in local communities with prevention programming and services. Our goal is to build deep partnerships that identify and address statewide challenges in the field of child abuse prevention.

Parent Workshop: New Normal

Parent Workshop- Managing in our “New Normal”

Prevent Child Abuse Oregon is proud to host a workshop series for parents by Krista Michaels:

  • Balancing your parent & educator roles
  • Building structure and routines
  • Helping kids cope
  • Practicing & modeling self care

Wednesday May 20th and 27th from 7-9pm on Facebook Live

Help spread the word by sharing our flyer or Facebook post.

Parenting Through the Seasons

Coalition Launches Campaign to Get Essential Baby Supplies Donated to Vulnerable Families in April

The partnership, known as Parenting Through the Seasons, will deliver essential supplies like diapers, wipes and more to help families impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

MILWAUKIE, OR, April 6, 2020 – Beginning in April, a new coalition of non-profits and government is working to meet the needs of vulnerable Oregon families in search of baby supplies. The year-long campaign, Parenting Through the Seasons, will include three seasonal invitations for communities to contribute, starting with items needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. From April 6th  to May 6th, Oregonians are invited to donate through Amazon Wish to send much needed items like diapers, wipes, and other essentials to families involved in Healthy Families Oregon (HFO) and Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries (OARN) across Oregon. Local staff will deliver the items directly to their families.

“For every moment we can relieve the stress of parents, we can create a moment for connection,” says Elisabeth Underwood, Administrator for Healthy Families Oregon (HFO).

HFO is a free and voluntary home visiting program that focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship. In response to COVID-19, in-person home visits have been halted; however, staff are still engaging virtually and, in many cases, delivering supplies to families.

Prevent Child Abuse Oregon Executive Director, Pamela Heisler, explains, “Young children are being shaped today by how they see their families and communities cope with this pandemic…this is our opportunity to show them how communities come together. Let’s shape their memories with hope rather than fear.”

Prevent Child Abuse Oregon (PCAO) is a statewide organization focused entirely on the upstream prevention of child abuse and neglect. Parenting Through the Seasons is being led by PCAO, to directly support families while at the same time, shining a bright light on what successful prevention looks like.

“Relief Nurseries have always engaged their local communities to support vulnerable families and now is the time for us to show unprecedented care for each other,” reminds OARN Executive Director, Cara Copeland. 

Relief nurseries provide a unique array of free comprehensive family support services that are easily accessible to low-income parents and will play a critical role in distributing items to local families.

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Prevent Child Abuse Oregon is a provisional chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 to promote the healthy development of children and prevent child abuse. The mission is to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. PCAO envisions a state where every child lives in a safe home and community, regardless of race, class, culture or geography. To help PCAO please visit or follow PCAO on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries leads and sustains a network of Relief Nurseries in Oregon through advocacy, resource development and quality assurance.  Our vision is that all children in Oregon thrive in safe, nurturing and stable families.  Collectively each year we serve 1,500 families at risk for child maltreatment.  Our model has been keeping Oregon children safe and families together for over 40 years.  Find out more at and support your local community.


Healthy Families Oregon (HFO) is an accredited multi-site state system with Healthy Families America (HFA) and Oregon’s largest child abuse prevention program. Healthy Families Oregon is a free family support and parent education home visiting program that serves approximately 2,500 families annually. HFO is voluntary and focuses on strengthening the parent-child relationship to assure healthy child growth and development. Home visitors support parents in cultivating and strengthening a nurturing, positive relationship with their baby at each visit. Find out more at

Staying Safe During COVID-19

Everywhere you go there are lists of free audio books, podcasts, video’s, live book reading from celebrities, and access to learning materials.

For some of us, the stress of this time goes well beyond trying to keep our children entertained during shelter-in-place orders. Some are struggling to meet basic needs, remain calm, and access health and mental health services. Many communities do not have steady access to high speed internet.

For urgent needs, and for those with less internet access, a phone might be your best option to seek help. PCAO has compiled this list of phone numbers to help you during this time. Please let us know if you have other options you’d like to see added.

A list of general resources for families, like financial assistance or food, can be found on our For Parents resource page.

If you suspect a child is being abuse or neglected, call the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

National Sexual Assault & Abuse Hotline Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or chat online


MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINE Call 1-800-273-8255 (24 hr)

SUICIDE LIFELINE Call 800-273-8255 (24 hr) or Text 273TALK to 839863 (8am-11pm PST daily)

MILITARY HELPLINE Call 888-457-4838 (24 hr)
Text MIL1 to 839863 (8am-11pm PST daily)
Support for service members, veterans, and their families that is independent of any branch of the military or government

SENIOR LONELINESS CRISIS LINE Call 503-200-1633 (24 hr)
Supports seniors in our community who are feeling isolated

PARENT WARMLINE Call or text 1-800-698-2392  (24 hr)
peer to peer counseling hotline

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE Call 1-888-235-5333 (24 hr)

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 OR TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

SAFE OREGON HELP LINE Call or text at 844-472-3367

SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCE CENTER Call 503-640-5311 (24 hr)

SPANISH SPEAKING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LINE Call 503-232-4448  (24 hr) Project UNICA Crisis line

YOUTHLINE Call 877-968-8491
Text teen2teen to 839863
Chat at
A teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Teens available to help daily from 4-10pm Pacific Time (off-hour calls answered by Lines for Life).

TREVOR PROJECT LINE Call or text 1-866-488-7386 (24 hr)
LGBTQIA+ hotline

NATIONAL PARENT HELPLINE CALL 1-855-427-2736 or visit online

Parent to Parent Peer support Warmline
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Parent to Parent Peer Support Warm line provides support by phone, chat, email and Facebook messaging. REACH OUT OREGON staff and volunteers are well trained and are all parents. They are here to offer support and resources.