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“Disciplining your children is NOT easy! The most challenging part of parenting is understanding your child’s developmental stages—and then figuring out the most loving, consistent, and developmentally-appropriate way to discipline them without crossing the line into physical punishment. It’s my role as a pediatric professional to help parents along this journey, so that both children...

In recent months, widespread public attention has been devoted to the separation of families who are attempting to immigrate to the United States. While there is understandable confusion about the federal policies and practices resulting in these separations, a considerable body of evidence points to the serious, long-term consequences of removing children from the custody...

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....