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. Oregon Child Abuse Solutions has remained an Accredited State Chapter ever since, securing Re-Accreditation most recently in January of 2022 under our second Executive Director.
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 four, 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 2021, we launched the statewide Medical Academy a nation-leading program for child abuse medical professionals. Capitalizing on the energy of our passionate child abuse medical professionals, in 2022, the first ever Child Physical Abuse training for Primary Care Clinicians was piloted. In Spring 2022, working alongside state experts in child forensic interviewing, Collaborative Child Abuse Response, a training for child abuse multidisciplinary team members was also piloted.
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 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.