Protect Our Children
A program to prevent child sexual abuse
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The Ford Family Foundation is partnering with and providing 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 uses 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. The training is 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):
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.
Dark green on map indicates where training is available.
For three years (beginning in March 2015), the Foundation is partnering with the 11 organizations to train more than 20,000 adults in the child sexual abuse prevention curriculum. Protect Our Children is training 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 includes 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.