This is a new world we live in that still needs to function and address the challenges that existed before COVID-19. The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention reports that 1,700 children in the US die of abuse or neglect and the National Children’s Alliance reports 700,000 children are victims of abuse every year. Our internal numbers suggest that child abuse is not decreasing, however, the children we are seeing are coming in at later stages of the intervention process than before COVID-19 when they had more eyes, ears and mandatory reporters available and watching out for them. As we enter into an extended period of possible isolation for children, please be vigilant in your observations of our community’s children. If you notice an indicator of abuse or neglect, even if it’s just a suspicion, report it to the statewide Child Abuse Hotline: 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)
Case workers and investigators are trained to recognize the presence of abuse and neglect but they need your help in referring questionable conditions regarding children’s safety. For additional resources in recognizing abuse and neglect, visit the Oregon Child Abuse Solutions website at https://oregoncas.org/. To learn how to support victims of child abuse in Columbia County visit the Amani Center website at www.amanicenter.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/amanicenterkids
We are thankful to our community supporters who have stepped up to assist in new and creative ways, however the need is great and we must remain vigilant. We MUST continue addressing the public health crisis of Child Abuse.
Keep Oregon’s Children Safe
Report child abuse: 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)