About Kids' HOPE
Vision: To create a community where no child experiences neglect or abuse.
Mission: The Kids' HOPE Center exists to reduce child abuse through community awareness, intervention, and to provide supports for healing and victim justice.
The Kids' HOPE Center program supports families and child abuse victims through the provision of an all-inclusive Center where forensic child interview and medical examinations take place, and guardians and victims are offered support navigating through the challenging legal prosecution system. Intervention and advocacy services are provided to families through referrals and followups with partnering community agencies, initiated by HOPE Center staff.
History of the Kids' HOPE Center
For two decades, the Kids' HOPE Center and its predecessor agencies have provided a safe space for the victims of child abuse and their families. The Center is a place for children and their families to feel welcome and at ease while disclosing memories of traumatic experiences.
The Coos County District Attorney’s Office originally established a Multidisciplinary Task Force in response to a state mandate in the early 1990s. The team included local law enforcement agencies, Services to Children and Families, the District Attorney’s Office, Crime Victims’ Assistance, and other agencies.
In its early years, the team met at the office of Services to Children and Families on Elrod Street in Coos Bay. Later, the Children’s Advocacy Center was established in the county’s North Bend Annex. A local non-profit agency, the Women’s Safety and Resource Center, assumed responsibility for the Center in 1998. It was renamed the Child Abuse Intervention Center (CAIC) in 2011.
The Center’s management and philosophy changed in the summer of 2013, when responsibility for the Center was reassigned to Bay Area Hospital. Under the hospital’s management, the Center moved from its traditional advocacy-centered approach to a “medical model,” designed to focus on the each child’s health needs.
Beginning in 2014, the CAIC became the Kids' HOPE Center. “HOPE” is an acronym for Healing, Outreach, Prevention & Education – the central functions of the reinvented Center.
The Children We Serve
The Kids' HOPE Center serves the Coos County community at large -- nearly 1,600 square miles stretching from Tenmile Lake to Bandon’s cranberry bogs. We serve families from all socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We provide education and advocacy to any community member without discrimination.
Direct services are provided to children as young as 3 years old and as old as 18. The Kids' HOPE Center is also frequently asked to help with cases involving Spanish-only-speaking children and families, as well as developmentally or cognitively disabled adults, in which a child-friendly approach may yield less trauma for the individual and an improved outcome for the criminal case.
Why This Work Matters
- One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
- More than 6,800 children were served by Oregon’s Child Abuse Intervention Centers (CAICs) between July 2011 and June 2012.
- Child sexual abuse was involved in 47 percent of these cases.
- Among child abuse victims seen by Oregon CAICs, 89 percent knew their abusers.
- 40 percent of children seen by Oregon CAICs were under the age of 6.
- 72 percent were under age 12.
- In 2010, 80 percent of U.S. children who died due to abuse or neglect were younger than 4.
- The rate of child abuse in the United States is more than double the UK’s rate and triple Germany’s.
- One-third to half of all abused or maltreated children fit the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Both the stress of abuse and the lack of stimulation that comes with neglect impede normal development of a child’s brain.
But there is hope for healing:
Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers
- 90 percent of participants surveyed in Oregon said the center they visited had facilitated healing for the child and the caregiver.
- 94 percent of participants surveyed felt said the services they had received had helped them and their children.
- 93 percent said they would mention the center to anyone dealing with a similar situation.