Prevention Community Advisory Council

The development and work of Prevent Child Abuse Oregon (PCAO) is driven and guided by community voice.  The wisdom of people with lived experience and those with professional experience relevant to preventing child abuse provides the foundation for the organization and serves as the voice of PCAO in promoting primary prevention.  The Community Advisory Council serves as an accessible avenue for people from diverse experiences and circumstances to share their gifts and make a meaningful contribution towards child abuse prevention work within the state.


Prevention Community Advisory Council Members have lived experience or work currently (or recently) in the prevention or intervention fields of child abuse and neglect. This includes but is not limited to:

  • People with Lived Experience
    • youth and adult survivors
    • parents with previous child welfare involvement
    • people with disabilities
    • current or former foster or adoptive parents
  • child welfare screeners or caseworkers
  • parent educators
  • home visitors
  • forensic medical providers
  • child trauma therapists

Summary of Community Advisory Council Member Responsibilities

  • Time Commitment- Attend quarterly meetings (half day) and an annual retreat/planning session (2 days). 
  • Define the scope of values of PCAO.
  • Co-develop PCAO’s long term strategic direction- with the Board and staff.
  • Provide input into collaborative projects with other organizations and networks, like the Child Abuse Prevention Collaborative.
  • Act as a key contact in their community to bring multiple perspectives to the council from family, friends, colleagues and other community members.
  • Act as an ambassadors for PCAO.

PCAC Members receive a stipend to compensate for the time and out of pocket expenses incurred while serving as a Council member

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Apply today.