In 1995, the Executive Directors of Oregon’s children’s advocacy centers established the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, a nonprofit grounded in collaborative partnership and with the goal of ensuring children have access to quality, comprehensive services. Since 2009, the Network has had dedicated staff to further this mission. In 2010, the Network 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. Most recent accomplishment is the inclusion of a $3 million increase in investment for CACs in the 2020 short session budget bill, setting a minimum of $120,000 allocated to every CAC to perform their work, including statutorily required duties, Karly’s Law medical exams. We’re hopeful this needed funding will be realized as soon as possible.