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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...

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....

Unfortunately, nearly a third of American children begin Kindergarten without the skills they need to read—and nearly two-thirds aren’t reading proficiently when they complete third grade. Because third-grade reading proficiency is the most common predictor of both high school success and future rates of incarceration, it’s in everyone’s interest for children to become active readers...

Here at Children’s Center, the staff are caretakers, providers, interviewers and medical examiners—and we understand our role in Joshua’s story. We will listen to him, examine his wounds, scars, and his story. We will help him understand that he only needs to tell it once—minimizing his trauma of reliving the abuse....