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Early Childhood Campus Community Collaboration to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Children's Justice Alliance – Center for Family Success
8010 N. Charleston Avenue
Portland, OR 97203
Participants visiting the Early Childhood Campus Community Collaboration convened at the Center for Family Success, which serves as the hub for families involved with the criminal justice system in a community notable for its high crime rate and poverty level. A facilitator guided a tour of the community center and the crisis relief nursery, explaining and elaborating upon this early childhood campus model of services designed to prevent abuse and neglect. Participants gained an opportunity to see how a continuum of services is delivered to children ranging from birth through early elementary school ages via a collaborative network of partners, involving: a crisis relief nursery, early childhood programs, neighborhood schools, county programs offering resources and referrals to community services, and a special project designed to build connections between girls and their incarcerated mothers.
Following the tour, visitors were invited to chat one-on-one with community providers at a resource fair, observe a parenting class designed specifically for those involved with the justice system, as well as view a powerful video of young girls sharing their experience as daughters of incarcerated moms. Community providers concluded the visit with a brief overview presented in a panel discussion and question and answer format.