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April is national child abuse prevention month and even though we were not able to host an auction this year Healthy Families of Clackamas County still needs your support in order to continue our mission of reducing child abuse and neglect.

The Healthy Families program achieves this goal by:

  • Strengthening attachment
  • Reading and responding to infant/toddler cues
  • Child development education
  • Postpartum depression and developmental screening
  • Connection to needed community resources
  • Promotion of early literacy and school readiness activities

All across America, communities are pulling together to strengthen and support early childhood programs because they know they are the key to ending child abuse and neglect, growing a strong local economy and a brighter future for everyone.

We need your help to make a difference in the lives of multi-stressed families. Please consider donating to our program.

How you can help:

  • Donate cash funds to support programming
  • Sponsor a diaper, book or safety supply drive
  • Host a baby shower to help families access the items they need for their newborns
  • Spread the word about how Healthy Families strengthens families in your community
Cash donations can be through PayPal, bank card or check.  Click the “Donate” button below for PayPal or bank card.

For a check, address it to CCCC-Healthy Families, and mail to: 16518 SE River Road Milwaukie, OR 97267

Donations are tax deductible:
Clackamas County Children’s Commission, Inc.
501(C)3 – tax ID# 93-0624672

To sponsor an event or for questions call Beth Kersens 503.546.6533 or email

Too many children are born into circumstances where parents are alone with no support, financially unable to provide basic necessities and too stressed to understand what their baby needs. This is where Healthy Families comes in! We are a child abuse prevention program, working hard right in your community! Trained Home Visitors provide weekly home visits for multi stressed parents with children ages 0 to 3 years old. Many of the families we serve live in poverty, are single, and/or teen parents and struggle with an array of other stressors while they care for their new baby. Often times the parents we see were raised in an abusive home, want to stop they cycle of abuse, but don’t know how.

Here’s what WE do:

  • The relationship between you and your child is essential to your child’s development. That is why we spend a lot of time discussing the interactions and attachment between a parent and their baby. Attachment begins before birth and every day after…the way that you talk to your baby and how he or she responds to you are all indicators of the strength of your relationship. Relational health is so important and our home visitors can help provide you with information on how to build a strong foundational relationship from the beginning!
  • Provide information on child development, basic infant care, ways to sooth a crying baby, who to turn to for support, connecting families with local resources, celebrating milestones and completing developmental screenings with each child.
  • We build relationships with families. We get to know their individual goals and struggles, so we can provide support specific to their needs.
  • When financially possible, we make it a priority to provide families with: clothes, books, diapers, formula, developmentally appropriate toys, car seats and home safety supplies.
Young mother holding newborn.

99% of families involved in Healthy Families of Clackamas County are never involved with DHS nor have a child abuse report made against them during their involvement in our program.

Mixed race baby being burped by mother as father watches on.

Families who received services from Healthy Families were 2.5 times less likely to abuse or neglect their child than families who did not receive services!

African American Young Mother.

89% of Healthy Families babies are up to date on all of their immunizations and 11% are up to date on some of their immunizations.

Mother holding newborn; father holding newborn's hand.

All families who receive Healthy Families services, were eligible because of major stressors going on in their life when their baby was born.

Baby feet inside heart shaped hands.

The estimated annual cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States for 2007 is $104 billion. This statistic comes from the National Child Help Organization.

Newborn on mother's lap.