In 1995, the Executive Directors of Oregon’s children’s advocacy centers established Oregon Child Abuse Solutions, a nonprofit grounded in collaborative partnership and with the goal of ensuring children have access to quality, comprehensive services. In 2009, Oregon Child Abuse Solutions hired its first staff member and in 2010, our nonprofit became an Accredited State Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance, a distinction held today.
Notable accomplishments include developing Oregon Interviewing Guidelines, Karly’s Law training video, Oregon Child Forensic Interview Training, advanced trainings, nation-leading Project Ability Training, peer-peer trainings and conferences, CAC Legal Toolkit, and others. Notable expansions include an increase in staff to three, an increase in CACs and children served, and, with the addition of Wasco County in 2017, every county in Oregon has a designated CAC. In 2020 OCAS was successful in securing a $1 million legislative investment in CACs to help respond to increasingly severe child abuse cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, we launched the statewide Medical Academy a nation-leading program for child abuse medical professionals.
In the 2021 session, after three years of advocacy, Dalton Advocacy, Inc. the Oregon Child Abuse Solutions lobbyist was successful in securing an investment of $3M per year in the 2021-23 biennium.