Education


Educating Our Community

“Out of sight, out of mind” is an unfortunate reality in our busy lives. The things that most command our attention are typically right in front of our eyes. Child abuse and neglect, however, may often be hidden behind closed doors, yet are most deserving of our attention if we hope to be part of strong, healthy communities. Becoming familiar with the issues—and taking steps to help—are things each one of us can do.

 

caring adult child abuse prevention holding hands

The numbers

It is difficult to collect data on how many children and families are affected by child abuse and neglect. A national report to Congress in 2011 indicated that three times as many children are abused or neglected as are reported to Child Protective Services agencies in the U.S. (Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect).

Facts from the Oregon Department of Human Services:

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64,305 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2013

and nearly half of those victims were younger than 6 years old

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27,644, were referred for investigation

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6,900 were confirmed abuse or neglect

or about 11 percent of all reports

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The confirmed reports involved 10,630 victims.

That works out to 1 in every 100, of the approximately 856,750 children living in Oregon as of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate.

What can we do to help raise awareness?

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Become Educated, be vigilant

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Establish a neighborhood watch

Get to know your neighbors, report suspicious activity/vehicles/people

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Support organizations that help children and families

Wish List

  • Individually packed children’s snacks
  • Gift Cards to Costco, Target, Fred Meyer, JoAnn’s
  • Gas Cards for $5-$10
  • Office needs
  • Staples gift cards, toilet paper, disinfectant spray, disinfectant wipes.

  • Office supplies
  • First-class postage stamps, dry erase boards and pens

  • Games
  • Uno, Monopoly, Sorry, Yahtzee

  • Toys
  • Appropriate children’s books and videos
  • Diapers

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Preparing Family Packets
  • Building Maintenance
  • Data Entry
  • Family Follow-Up
  • Fundraising
  • Donations
  • Grant Writing
  • Prepare Files
  • Yard Maintenance
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Sanitizing Toys
  • Event Help
  • Mass Mailings
  • Community Education/Presentations
  • Thank you letters/Announcements
  • Front Desk/Filing/Answering Phones
  • Holiday Decorating

“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.”

Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist