Prevent Child Abuse Oregon promotes the healthy development of children and the prevention of child abuse and neglect before it can occur in order to help all of Oregon’s children to thrive and contribute in their communities. We work every day to promote the kind of strategies and activities that make a difference amongst our most vulnerable populations in communities across the state.
We believe that if we can reduce the stigma parents face when seeking help, build a movement of individuals across the state in support of strengthening families, and bolster the field of providers working directly with families and children, we will begin to turn the curve and see drastic reductions in the numbers of abused and neglected children.
We know that we can do better as a state, because a focus on innovative and needed services lays the foundation for children’s growth and development that reduces the later possibility of more serious problems from occurring. We all have a role to play in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. You can be a partner in providing great childhoods for all children, whether by joining the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, advocating for family friendly policies, or donating your time or money to Prevent Child Abuse Oregon.
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.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are proud to partner with PCA Chapters across the country to promote safe kids through the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign. You may be seeing our signature blue and silver pinwheels pop up all over the state- in display cases, at front desks, and in gardens large and small. The symbol of the pinwheel represents the safe and happy childhoods all kids deserve and are a reminder that we all have a role in creating #GreatChildhoods. There are activities all month long- see our calendar to learn more.
For real-time updates from events across the state, find us on Facebook.
A special thank you goes to all our partners in the state who joined for this year’s campaign (and to the many others participating that we missed here!):
Beaverton Women’s Club
CASA of Linn County
Children’s Advocacy Center of Lincoln County
Community Services Consortium Head Start
Dala’s Blue Angels/Lebanon Police Department
Family Building Blocks
Family Development Center
Ford Family Foundation
Guardian Care Center, CAIC
Head Start Lane County
Kids Center/Crook County
Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital
Linn-Benton Community College
Malhuer County Community Development
Metro West Ambulance
Oregon Coast Community Action-Casa Of Coos County
Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare
Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers
Pearl Buck Center
Philomath Youth Activities Club
Portland Public Schools Head Start
Salem-Keizer Head Start
UCAN Head Start & Early Head Start
Washington County DA’s Office
YMCA Douglas County
Governor Brown has released a Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation along with many county and city jurisdictions. There’s still time to get involved and join the cause- see our Pinwheels for Prevention page for ideas.
Our March Newsletter is here!
“The past four months have flown by here at Prevent Child Abuse Oregon. I’ve been so grateful for the welcome and support of our volunteers, Board of Directors, donors, and partners. Many of you have shared with me your vision for prevention in the state- a unified field that is so comprehensive that all children grow up safe. Many have also shared your frustrations -being asked to do more and more with less while the challenges our families and communities face are increasingly complex. I’ve also heard so much hope as the Governor’s Budget was released with a focus on early childhood and the legislature kicked off with a laundry list of policy and funding issues to debate that will impact families.” READ MORE.