Harvest at the Vineyard

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.

Get your tickets today via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-at-the-vineyard-tickets-71550131369.

Prevent Child Abuse Oregon opposes child separation and conditions in Detention Centers

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.

Drawing from Child in ICE Detention

References
https://www.srcd.org/policy-media/statements-evidence/separating-families
https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2019-06/OIG-19-47-Jun19.pdf
https://www.apnews.com/46da2dbe04f54adbb875cfbc06bbc615

Child Abuse Prevention Month has Arrived

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
Douglas Cares
Family Building Blocks
Family Development Center
Ford Family Foundation
Grant-Harney CASA
Guardian Care Center, CAIC
Head Start Lane County
Steve Lipsey
Kids Center/Crook County
LAM Research
Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital
Linn-Benton Community College
Malhuer County Community Development
Metro West Ambulance
Northwest Parenting
Oregon Coast Community Action-Casa Of Coos County
Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare
Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers
Parenting Now!
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.

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.