Leadership transition announcement

Dear Community Partners and Supporters,

Children’s Center works with the community to end child abuse and neglect through assessment, treatment, and prevention. Our vision is a world where all children are safe, valued, and heard.

Executive Director Tom Soma, who has successfully led Children’s Center for three years, has announced his retirement. Tom’s final day is July 31. Children’s Center is working closely with Page Two Partners, a business based in Happy Valley that specializes in non-profit interim executive director searches, to help us select a leader to guide us forward.

Under Tom’s leadership, Children’s Center:

  • Launched our therapy program to continue the healing process with kids and families
  • Expanded our prevention program. During his tenure, 2,559 adults were trained through Darkness to Light’s nationally recognized Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention workshop
  • Began the “Community Conversation” — an initiative to bring the community together to discuss how we can collectively put child abuse in the past and build a future for children, families, and communities to thrive. After all, this is all of us.
  • Doubled fundraising and expanded both event attendance and revenue by more than 120%

In addition, Children’s Center was named one of Oregon’s best non-profits to work for in 2017 and 2018.

During retirement, Tom looks forward to painting his house, finishing his book, and spending more time with his wife and grandchildren.

Tom’s passion and dedication to the children we serve helped shape the future for Children’s Center, and the board and staff are working to build on that success.

As the only child advocacy center in Clackamas County, our experienced program staff will continue to provide children and families with the highest level of care and excellence, as well as push forward with prevention efforts. We are eager and excited to find our new executive director as we move forward with our mission.

We could not do the important work we do for children without the generous support of community members and our community partners who collaborate with us on this important work. We encourage any input from the community as our board and staff move through this transition.

Thank you for your continued support,

Jim Band 
Board Chair, Children’s Center
Chief of Police, Oregon City Police Department

Troy Stoeber, MD
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee

Children’s Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is Clackamas County’s sole agency providing medical assessments, forensic interviews, and family support services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse and neglect. Our mission is to work with the community to end child abuse and neglect through assessment, treatment, and prevention. The organization was founded in 2002 and received National Children’s Alliance accreditation in 2015.

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