Strengthening Families: Advancing Knowledge to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
In 2014, the Children’s Trust Fund and PCA Oregon partnered with Portland State University, Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Services to increase our understanding of the information outlined in its previously published “Preserving Childhood” report and developed “Strengthening Oregon Families: Advancing Knowledge to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.” This report builds upon the knowledge base established by “Preserving Childhood” through the county-level analysis of the rates of child abuse and neglect, risk factors for maltreatment, and the level of implementation of the twelve evidence-based, promising and emerging maltreatment prevention programs that were highlighted in the previous report.
The findings from “Strengthening Oregon Families” provide insight about communities in need and gaps in services where risk factors for maltreatment and maltreatment rates are high, but the proportion of children being served through proven maltreatment prevention programs is proportionately low. The conclusions will inform future investments in protecting children and strengthening Oregon’s families.
Preserving Childhood: Oregon’s Leading Efforts to Prevent Child Abuse and Strengthen Families
The Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon and the Prevent Child Abuse Oregon Advisory Committee released the “Preserving Childhood” report to inform funders, policymakers, and program providers on the depth and the complexity of child abuse and neglect in Oregon, and examine what researched prevention strategies are currently being implemented in the state.
Based on prevention research, the “Preserving Childhood” report offers key recommendations for improving child abuse prevention efforts in Oregon. Recommendations for funders and policymakers include bringing prevention services to scale, expecting and using best practice programs, investing in evaluation and training, and considering incentives for families and communities participating in these programs. Considerations for local communities and service providers include selecting best practice programs, ensuring fidelity to the model, and mapping needs and services at the local and statewide level.