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
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.
Prevent Child Abuse Oregon is proud to announce the launch of our 2019 Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. We have big goals this year and to kick us off, we’re having an Early Bird Special!
Pinwheels for Half the Price
Pinwheels for Prevention® is a nationwide public awareness campaign first launched by Prevent Child Abuse America in 2008. The campaign features a blue pinwheel to represent the healthy and carefree childhoods we believe every child deserves. Since the campaign began, nearly 900,000 pinwheels have been displayed nationwide.
This year our goal is to 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. We also want to encourage each person to recognize that small actions, every day, that can help us create great childhoods for every child.
- 20,000 Pinwheels
- A Pinwheel Garden in Every County
- 150 P4P Champions
To help us reach this goal, we’re having an early bird special from now until noon on February 22nd. For orders of pinwheel cases (240) we’re offering half price- 50 cents per pinwheel! If you need to order a different amount, we’re offering them for 75 cents each to account for repackaging and shipping.
We hope you will join our campaign and help spread the word so that we can send a strong message this April, that Oregon is a place that cherishes and celebrates its children and families.
To join the campaign and order pinwheels, visit our Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign page.
We all love the idea of child abuse prevention, but sometimes it can be hard to fully grasp what it is, or how to do it. If you want a better understanding of prevention, watch the first 8 minute of this video featuring Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau.
This video from the Capacity Building Center for Courts featuring Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, discussing the importance of proactively preventing child maltreatment and investing in the capacity of parents to keep their children safe rather than disproportionately investing in supports and services, such as foster care, after children have already suffered maltreatment.
Prevent Child Abuse Oregon is proud to partner with organizations across the state to advocate this legislative session for programs and policies that we know will lead to stronger families and safer, healthier kids.
Learn more about the programs and policies we support this session as part of the United for Kids Children’s Agenda and the Early Childhood Coalition.
Want to advocate but you’re not sure how? Children First for Oregon has a great Advocacy 101 Training you can watch to get the basics.
Not sure who your elected officials are this year? Just type your address in the Legislator Look Up.
MILWAUKIE, OR, January 11, 2019 – Prevent Child Abuse Oregon (PCAO) is delighted to announce Pamela Heisler as the new Executive Director of Oregon’s provisional chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. PCAO has a vision that all children live in safe homes and communities, and they seek to achieve this mission by mobilizing communities and guiding a statewide commitment to stop child maltreatment.
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It’s the start of fall, and we’re excited to share with you the October Prevent Child Abuse Oregon newsletter. Inside, learn about Child Health Day and find out how you can help support PCAO!
PCAO OCTOBER Newsletter