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The Overcoming ACEs Panel, hosted by Children’s Center, featured voices from the spectrum of child services, including national expert Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, author of The Deepest Well; RJ Gillespie, pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic; Amy Stoeber, child and adolescent psychologist; Sue Skinner, medical examiner at Children’s Center; Ellen Baltus, social worker in the North...

Arce family operated only DHS-sponsored family group home in Clackamas County. Oregon City, OR: For more than five decades, Dave and Pat Arce have dedicated themselves to serving youth in foster care. For years, they ran the one and only DHS-sponsored family group home in Clackamas County: fostering, supporting, and providing stability and love for dozens...

In observance of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Children’s Center will partner with several local organizations and health care leaders in Clackamas County to focus attention on childhood trauma and mobilize a collective effort to end child abuse....

Sue Skinner, MD, joined Children’s Center in 2010 as Examiner Supervisor. She has been working in the field of child abuse and neglect for more than 20 years. Earlier this week, we sat down with Dr. Skinner for a brief interview to discuss the importance of this community panel and determine why the topic of...

A growing body of research demonstrates that stress and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) alter brain chemistry, causing serious health issues down the road (obesity, heart disease, addiction, and suicide, to name a few). On the flip side, however, children bathed in affection tend to have higher self-esteem, less anxiety, and greater success in school....

Every child who comes to Children’s Center receives a stuffed animal. I’ve often heard how much those small, fuzzy creatures mean for youngsters who have suffered abuse. The modest toy becomes a tangible reminder that someone cared—and hopefully, that things began to change....