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Children’s Center’s mission is to support and medically assess children who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect.
Children's Center is a medical evaluation center for children suspected to be victims of abuse or neglect. Children are referred to the Center from law enforcement agencies, child protective workers, parents, teachers, doctors and others concerned for the welfare of a child.
Forensic Medical Assessments
Comprehensive head-to-toe exam to determine and document a child’s health and safety by Medical Examiners trained in diagnosing child abuse and neglect. Medical exams provided for children identified under Karly’s Law. Oregon state law requires investigative agencies to seek a medical evaluation within 48 hours for children who are found to have suspicious physical injuries. Drug screening for children endangered by exposure to drug use, distribution, or manufacturing. Screenings include urinalysis and hair testing.
Forensic Interviewing Services
Videotaped forensic interviews with Child Interviewers specially trained to talk to children of all ages and developmental levels. Child Interviewers work with the Medical Examiners as part of the medical evaluation.
Support, referrals, education, and case management for families in Clackamas County struggling with issues of abuse or neglect. These services are offered to non-offending family members of children receiving evaluations at Children’s Center as well as families in the community.
Community Outreach & Education
Trainings, presentations and resources for local professional and community groups.
Medical Record Reviews
Review medical records and make recommendations for treatment or follow-up in cases of medical neglect, medical child abuse, and Karly’s Law.
Non-Offending Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups for non-offending caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.
Response to Inappropriately Sexualized Kids (RISK) Outreach
RISK was established by the Clackamas County Multi-Disciplinary Team to provide support, education, resources and intervention to children under the age of 12 who are demonstrating sexually inappropriate behavior. The goal is to address the behaviors before they escalate and/or to prevent juvenile justice involvement.
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