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. Our most recent accomplishment is the launch of a statewide Medical Academy and securing a $1 million investment in CACs to help respond to increasingly severe child abuse cases during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the 2021 session, Oregon Child Abuse Solutions is asking the legislature to consider increased funding of $3 million each year directly to CACs so that they can increase access to child abuse medical assessments, forensic interviews, family advocacy, and mental health treatment for children with concerns of child abuse. To support this effort, HB 2826, please connect with our lobbyists, Dalton Advocacy, Inc. below.