National Child Abuse Prevention Month tackles childhood trauma, head-on
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.
There are several ways for community members to get involved in the effort to keep children healthy, happy and safe this April, including:
Overcoming ACEs Panel
A robust panel discussion: “Overcoming ACEs” from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, on Thursday, April 12, in Oregon City will focus attention on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as an indicator of downstream health effects. The discussion will be moderated by Dave Miller, host of OPB’s “Think Out Loud,” and OPB will air the discussion in the week following.
Panelists include: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, internationally renowned physician, speaker, and author; Fariborz Pakseresht, Oregon DHS Director; Dr. Sue Skinner, Children’s Center Medical Examiner Supervisor; Ellen Baltus, LCSW, LSSW, School Social Worker, North Clackamas Schools; Dr. R.J. Gillespie, Pediatrician, The Children’s Clinic; and Dr. Amy Stoeber, Child and Adolescent Psychologist.
“This event will preview a year-long Community Conversation intended to engage Clackamas County’s diverse populations,” said Children’s Center Executive Director Tom Soma. “Our long-term goal is to bring together individuals and groups from a broad cross-section of the community to examine the root causes and identify strategies to eliminate child abuse and neglect.”
Children's Center Honors
Reserve your seats for the second annual “Children’s Center Honors” evening event on Thursday, April 12, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, also featuring Dr. Burke Harris, who will be receiving one of three “Quilt Maker Awards.” Additional award recipients include Anderson Dabrowski Architects LLC, accepted by Jon Anderson, and foster parents Dave and Pat Arce.
Children’s Center will host a “Teddy Bear Picnic: Open House” on Thursday, April 26, from 3:30pm – 6:00pm. Attendees are invited to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal, which will later be donated to a child seen at the Center. Children’s Center will collect and display 462 stuffed animals – one for every child who received a medical assessment last year. Guided tours will be led by our Medical Providers, Forensic Interviewers, and Family Support Specialists. Refreshments and mid-afternoon treats will be served.
Get Trained – Stewards of Children®
Several Stewards of Children® workshops are scheduled for the month of April. This child sex abuse prevention training is designed for parents and caregivers, professionals, teachers, and those who care for children to help prevent, recognize, and respond responsibly to sexual abuse. Visit the prevention training calendar to sign-up.
Each attendee will receive a workbook with a personal prevention plan, and may be eligible for continuing education credits (MSW and nursing professionals pre-approved). Scholarships: To access a partial scholarship, enter Promotional Code RATE10 when registering. For a full scholarship, enter RATE0.
Our team provides presentations, trainings and consultations (in English and Spanish) by request on a variety of topics related to child maltreatment and abuse prevention.
- Join us for the Pinwheel Planting Ceremony at the Circle of Honor at the Red Soils campus in Oregon City on April 3 at 4:00pm as Clackamas County Commissioners and other county representatives plant 462 pinwheels, one pinwheel each for every child assessed at Children’s Center last year.
- Report any concern of abuse to the Clackamas County Child Abuse Hotline: 971-673-7112, or the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline: 855-503-SAFE (7223). Suspicion is enough to call the hotline – you don’t have to have evidence or proof to make a call.
- Giving to Children’s Center makes an enormous impact for kids in this community. Make an online donation at childrenscenter.cc/donate/ to support child abuse awareness and education throughout Clackamas County.