Funding announced for Protect Our Children, a program to prevent child sexual abuse

March 10, 2015: The Ford Family Foundation announced today that it will partner with and provide funding to 11 nonprofits across Oregon and in Siskiyou County, Calif., to be a part of Protect Our Children, a program of The Ford Family Foundation to prevent child sexual abuse. 

Protect Our Children will use a nationally acclaimed training curriculum: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children. The training is designed to educate adults on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It will be offered to organizations and individuals at minimal or no cost.

The 11 nonprofits selected are listed below; they will provide training across Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. (see map):

Map of Oregon with counties highlighted

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ABC House, Albany
Providing trainings Linn and Benton counties 

Bay Area Hospital/Kids' Hope Center, Coos Bay 
Providing trainings in Coos County

Building Healthy Families, Enterprise 
Providing trainings in Wallowa, Baker and Malheur counties

Central Douglas County YMCA, Roseburg 
Providing trainings in Douglas County

Children's Advocacy Center of Lincoln County, Newport 
Providing trainings in Lincoln County

Children's Center of Clackamas County, Oregon City 
Providing trainings in Clackamas County

Columbia Gorge Children's Advocacy Center, Hood River 
Providing trainings in Hood River, Gilliam and Wheeler counties

Family Relief Nursery, Cottage Grove 
Providing trainings in South Lane and North Douglas counties

Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County, Medford 
Providing trainings in Jackson County

KIDS Center, Bend 
Providing trainings in Crook and Jefferson counties
(Training available in Deschutes County via non-Foundation funding.)

Siskiyou Child Care Council, Weed 
Providing Siskiyou County, Calif.

Child sexual abuse is linked to a host of societal issues including teen pregnancy, depression and suicide. Victims are three times more likely to have substance abuse issues, two times more likely to drop out of school, and are at greater risk for physical illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. 

 “In Oregon, many of our nonprofits, state agencies, and individuals work hard every day to prevent and fight child sexual abuse,” says Keavy Cook, director for Children, Youth and Families at The Ford Family Foundation. “But the challenge is great. We see Protect Our Children as a way to help.”

Over the next three years, the Foundation will work with the 11 organizations to train more than 20,000 adults in the child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. Protect Our Children will also train more than 100 facilitators to carry on the training in their own communities. 

Protect Our Children emphasizes the development of a network among the regions committed to protecting children. The Foundation's statewide preparation is already underway including building an infrastructure of support and training the necessary Darkness to Light-certified instructors. 

Adults and organizations interested in hosting, becoming a certified facilitator, or attending a training should contact one of the 11 organizations coordinating the program. Or contact the Foundation’s coordinator of the program, Mary Beattie,

Upcoming event

Facilitator Workshop (train the trainers)
June 12, 2015 at KIDS Center, Bend  
Open to the public.
Call Kim Bohme for more information, 541-383-5958

For more information about Darkness to Light, visit www.d2l. org. 

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