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.
The Keeping Families Together (KFT) is an initiative that aims to prevent child abuse and maltreatment for children ages zero to ten, while also keeping kids out of foster care. The KFT model is adapted from the evidence-based Communities That Care approach (CTC) that works to mobilize entire communities to work towards preventing the underlying predictors of child abuse and maltreatment while also promoting practices that support the overall well-being of all children.
Communities that Care is a nationally recognized evidence-based model that has been very successful in reducing juvenile crime, teen pregnancy, school dropout, and underage drinking. A recent 24-community site-randomized controlled trial of CTC found positive results on community-wide adoption of science-based approaches to prevention; high fidelity implementation of evidence-based prevention programs; and reduced levels of youth risk factors, lower prevalence of youth violence and delinquency, and delayed onset of drug use.
Recent evidence suggests that KFT is successfully adapting the model for child abuse prevention.
Keeping Families Together works to prevent child abuse by educating and inspiring communities to collaborate. Spearheaded by Program Director, Mickey Lansing-Luehrs and Directors of Community Coordination, Jean Vinson and Kerri Vann, KFT works with viable communities to gather resources and implement evidence-based prevention programs.
The KFT initiative works with communities through five key stages; 1) preparing to introduce the model to the community; 2) forming a community board or coalition; 3) developing a community profile that includes communities most urgent needs and the resources they have available (i.e, risk and protective factors); 4) creating a community action plan; and 5) implementing and evaluating prevention efforts.
“Many community leaders indicate this is the first time that collective action has been so effective in mobilizing the entire community to transform how their communities care for and support their most vulnerable families,” said Program Director, Mickey Lansing-Luehrs.
Hood River, for example, decided to implement Positive Behavioral Interventions in their schools, expand parenting classes, increased their educational opportunities, expanded access to the Healthy Families Oregon prevention program, and implemented system-wide changes called Home Visiting Connection. Springfield opted for similar changes but also prioritized services for Differential Response families, and organized community-wide training on Disempowerment and Self-Efficacy in Chronic Neglect.
Both communities utilized the resources they had available to them to create their best version of wrap-around services, and both communities saw promising outcomes as a result. Data from a recent analysis (2011-2014) revealed that maltreatment screening rates, over a three year period, decreased by 9% in Hood River and an even more impressive 25% in Springfield.
“It’s communities where big things happen,” said Director of Community Coordination, Jean Vinson.
“One of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse and maltreatment happens when all communities mobilize to improve the futures of families and children.”
Because that’s what prevention is really about. Coming together as communities to help promote the wellbeing of our children and families—fostering a better future for our society—doing the right thing for the people who need us the most.
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Program Director, Mickey Lansing-Luehrs.
Director of Community Coordination, Jean Vinson
Join PCAO at the beautiful and rustic Helvetia Vineyards and Winery for an afternoon celebrating the great childhoods we want for all kids.
Join PCAO at the beautiful and rustic Helvetia Vineyards and Winery for an afternoon celebrating the great childhoods we want for all Oregon kids while enjoying local wine pairing, chocolate tasting, and live music. Special guest speakers to be announced shortly.
Take home a bottle of your very own PCAO labeled Chardonnay or Pinot Noir! All proceeds benefit Prevent Child Abuse Oregon.
Each ticket receives 1 complimentary glass of wine.
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Prevent Child Abuse Oregon strongly opposes the separation of children from their parents, as well as the conditions in which those children and families are being held in ICE Detention Centers across the United States. Beyond moral concerns, the research is clear that separating children from their parents has long-term psychological and physical health consequences. Even when they are later reunited, children who experienced separation are more likely to exhibit anxiety, depression, PTSD, lower IQ, and issues with immune system functioning, physical, growth, cancer and early death. To add to the toxic stress these children experience through separation, recent reports from the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security detail substandard conditions at facilities that in some cases were “egregious violations of detention standards”. To date, at least 7 children have died in our Nation’s custody. First-hand accounts from children ages 10 to 15 in a Texas facility detail inadequate food, water, and sanitation and children being expected to care for babies and toddlers. In the state of Oregon, these conditions would be grounds for removal from a caregiver. In this case, the “caregiver” is us. Prevent Child Abuse Oregon urges its congressional delegation to do more to end the abuse of children in ICE custody.