We believe every child is entitled to a safe, nurturing environment in which to grow and develop free of undue risk, mistreatment or lack of care.Our mission is to ensure that no child who has been, or is at risk of being, victimized will be denied adequate and professional intervention services. Learn more about what we do.
C.A.R.E.S. stands for Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in Douglas County in 1994. We offer a caring, multidisciplinary approach to child abuse interventions, coordinating services to support the child and family from the time of disclosure to the court process, as needed. We serve children from birth to 17 years of age who may be, or are currently at risk of being, victims of physical or sexual abuse.
At 13 years old I broke my silence in at a Children’s Advocacy Center in April 1998. After reclaiming my voice I decided to put a face and voice on the silent epidemic of child sexual abuse. I started with publishing my childhood diary into a book my senior year of high school called Stolen Innocence. Since then I have written two more and now determined to give children the voice I never had.
For 8 years I have been testifying to state lawmakers to protect children from sexual abuse by passing Erin’s Law to require personal body safety taught in public schools. I first passed it in my home state of Illinois where I had the Governor sign Erin’s Law at the children’s advocacy center I was a client at.
I have traveled from one state after another testifying to lawmakers. It is now passed in 31 states. My goal is all 50 states and then taking it international.
Erin’s Law helped put an Illinois man behind bars for 40 years after a 9 year old disclosed immediately after an Erin’s Law presentation she was sexually abused and raped by mom’s boyfriend for 5 years. A Maryland man was sentenced in August to 48 years after 15 years of sexually abusing students. A 12 year old reported her abuse in the middle of an Erin’s Law lesson on personal body safety. There are thousands of other children waiting to be heard.
US Senator Gillibrand passed the federal version of Erin’s Law in December 2015 which provides federal funding to be used for schools to purchase curriculum or hire outside agencies to come in and teach it.
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When you walk into our office you will find a professional, caring staff of experts who place the comfort and safety of children above all.
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The staff at Douglas CARES brings more than 100 years of combined experience in forensic interviewing and therapeutic skills.
Executive Director Mike Nores says, “Our current staff is made up of some of the most caring and professional people I have ever worked with. They work in a team setting which is very important in our mission and our goals for the agency and the families of Douglas County.”
545 W. Umpqua St., Ste #1
Roseburg, Oregon 97471
“It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and statesman