Strengthening Oregon Families: Advancing Knowledge to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect. Report to the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon.

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Nygren, Peggy.
Green, Beth.
Gordon, Amy.
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Portland State University. Center for Improvement of Child and Family Studies.
Children's Trust Fund of Oregon.
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This report presents the results of a study that identified areas of Oregon in which greater investments in effective prevention services may be particularly beneficial. For the study, Portland State University’s Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Services (PSU) conducted a county-level assessment of rates of child abuse and neglect, risk factors for maltreatment, and level of implementation of 12 maltreatment prevention programs that had been highlighted in CTFO’s 2013 report “Preserving Childhood: Oregon’s Leading Efforts to Prevent Child Abuse and Strengthen Families”. Information was collected for each of 36 Oregon counties to better understand the relationship between risk factors, maltreatment, and program reach, and to provide insight about communities in need and potential gaps in services. The results are presented in three sections. Section 1 describes the process used to identify, gather and compile county-level child abuse and neglect rates and risk factor prevalence information. Risk factor data were then used to calculate a cumulative risk score for each county. Section 2 describes the methods and results for collecting information on how many children and families in Oregon counties are being reached by specific prevention programs. The final section looks at the intersection of risk, maltreatment, and program implementation at the county level using a mapping approach. 5 figures, 5 tables, and numerous references.

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