Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Crisis Support
  • Emergency & Safety


2800 N. Vancouver Ave.Suite 201PORTLAND, OR 97227 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

CARES Northwest’s mission is to stop child abuse and neglect through multidisciplinary prevention, medical evaluation, and ongoing treatment in partnership with our community. Volunteers are an integral aspect of our program. They offer assistance and guidance to children, youth and families during a very difficult time. Volunteers are often praised for their support in the waiting room and engaging with children before and after an evaluation.


Founded in 1987, our program is a collaborative effort among four of the region’s leading health systems - Kaiser Permanente, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Providence Children’s Health, and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. CARES Northwest was the first program in Oregon to pair physicians and nurse practitioners with child interviewers in a medical setting to provide child abuse evaluations.

Coordinating experts in medicine, mental health, child protective services and law enforcement agencies, CARES Northwest ensures that children obtain needed professional services in one child-friendly location. This approach to intervention increases effectiveness, which minimizes trauma to the child, helps prevent future abuse and sets them on the road to healing.

CARES Northwest is one of the oldest and largest child abuse assessment centers in the nation, serving more than 7000 children annually. Approximately 1,700 children are seen at the program each year. We are the only program serving Multnomah and Washington Counties; we also serve children throughout Oregon and Clark County, Washington.


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by katherine s. (November 3, 2021)
i just moved here. so i am not familer with your . hospital.But i am familer with shriners hospital And both are hospitals for children so i know both you are equally good.

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