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.

Join Pinwheels for Prevention 2020

Pinwheels for Prevention® is a nationwide public awareness campaign first launched by Prevent Child Abuse America in 2008. The campaign features a blue and silver pinwheel to represent the healthy and carefree childhoods we believe every child deserves. Since the campaign began, over 5 million pinwheels have been displayed nationwide.

After a successful campaign last year, PCAO is primed to take the campaign in Oregon to the next level. During the month of April, PCAO and champions across all 36 counties will turn the state blue and silver.

We want businesses, schools, libraries, churches, and parks to celebrate the great work happening across our state to strengthen families. Ordinary people, just like us, have the power to make a huge impact on the wellbeing of Oregon’s children. 

Our Goals:
30,000 Pinwheels displayed
100 “Champions” Participating  – Individuals, organizations, or businessesPinwheel gardens or other activities in all 36 counties
Support new parents through a partnership with Healthy Families Oregon (exciting announcement coming soon!)

To help us reach this goal, pledge to be a Champion for the campaign by completing our all-in-one 2020 Commitment & Order Form. If you need pinwheels, place your pinwheel order on the 2nd page of the form. If not, just submit the Commitment Form and continue planning!

Ordering pinwheels is not required – join the campaign even if you are reusing pinwheels from a previous year, not using pinwheels, or found pinwheels elsewhere.

Learn more about Pinwheels for Prevention today.

Making Children a National Priority

We are encouraged to see so many Presidential candidates talking about kids, and thanks to the Child Welfare League of America, we have a compilation of all the candidates current platforms related to children. Read the entire compilation HERE.

Program Feature: Keeping Families Together


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. 

Want to learn more?

Contact

Program Director, Mickey Lansing-Luehrs.

michaelelansing@gmail.com

Director of Community Coordination, Jean Vinson

Jeanvi@reliefnursery.org