Dave and Pat Arce Receive Quilt Maker Award at Children’s Center Honors
The Arce family operated the 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 of children and youth in need of care.
In recognition of the Arce’s extraordinary commitment to Oregon’s most vulnerable kids, Children’s Center presented them with one of three “Quilt Maker Awards” at the second annual Children’s Center Honors on April 12, 2018. The Arce’s adopted daughter Yvonne spoke at the event and handed off the Quilt Maker Award.
Children’s Center Honors is Children’s Center’s signature event in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention month. The event took place at the World of Speed Museum, where 440 caring individuals gathered to celebrate the work of businesses, foundations and community members who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of child abuse intervention and prevention, including the Arces.
Now 84 and 88, Pat and Dave have been married for 67 years. They first became foster parents in 1963, caring for more than 100 children over the years. When they moved to Oregon in 1987 with Yvonne, their youngest adopted daughter, they initially served as a group home for teen girls in the Brightwood community.
“We’ve had some children in our care who have had 20 placements before coming to us,” Pat Arce said. “Can you imagine? Every time you move a child, that’s another traumatic experience in their life.”
According to a new audit by the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office, there are more than 11,000 children and teenagers in Oregon’s foster care system. These children are often the victims of child abuse and neglect, and many have acute mental and physical health needs requiring targeted and timely service delivery. Children’s Center provides ongoing support and resources for many of these children and families who reside in Clackamas County.
Pat and Dave believe in supporting the whole child, providing travel experiences, and taking time to address the individual needs of each child in their care. They are compassionate, caring, and loving people who believe in taking care of the world’s children.
“They have set the standard for what foster care should be,” said Audrey Riggs, Clackamas County Child Welfare Supervisor.
About Children’s Center: Children’s Center is a private, non-profit child abuse intervention center accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. By providing medical examinations and forensic interviews, we support Clackamas County children and families experiencing suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect, including drug endangerment and witness to violence. For more information, please visit www.childrenscenter.cc.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]