Who We Are
Linn County Child Abuse Network (CAN) is a community coalition of nonprofit agencies, educators, law enforcement, and community volunteers.
Linn County CAN promotes the safety and wellbeing of Linn County’s children and young people by raising public awareness of child abuse and neglect and how it impacts a child’s life. To get upstream of the issue, Linn County CAN promotes prevention strategies, such as trainings and youth safety policies.
Linn County CAN was formed in 2013, after evolving from Linn County Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse (LCCPCA), formed in 1976.
United Way of Linn County serves as the backbone organization. Donations made to United Way can be designated to Linn County CAN. Any donation is gratefully appreciated and tax deductible.
In 2018, there were 836 reported incidents of child abuse and neglect in Linn County. Occurring at a rate of 20.4 per every 1,000 children. That is 6 points higher than the Oregon state average of 14.4 per every 1,000 children (see source.) In 2018, Linn County ranked at the 8th most founded cases of child abuse and neglect out of Oregon’s 36 counties.
Child abuse and neglect are significant public health issues that have lasting impacts. The chronic stress caused by childhood trauma can have long-term impacts over a person’s lifetime. It can impact a person’s long-term health, likelihood to engage in high-risk behaviors, and life potential. Child abuse and neglect not only effects the life of individuals and their families, but the overall health of a community. To learn more about the impacts of childhood trauma, click here.
Together, we CAN prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts.
Linn County CAN raises awareness on the epidemic of child abuse and neglect, the lasting impacts it has on a child, what the issue looks like locally, and what individuals or organizations can do to help prevent it.
To learn more about how you can be a part of the solution, follow these tips from CAN’s “Know Your Role Campaign.”
As a parent or caregiver…
- Teach your children the proper names for their body parts. This gives children the tools to tell you when something is wrong.
- Learn about normal childhood development. Take a parenting education class, join a peer support group, or utilize other tools to learn about milestones and challenging behaviors. If your child is developmentally behind, seek support.
- Find your village. It takes a village to raise a child, find that village. Find people who you can rely on for support through your family, friends, neighbors, peer support groups and parenting education classes.
As a neighbor…
- Become educated on the epidemic. Take a training on recognizing the signs of child abuse and neglect, reporting suspected abuse, internet safety, or trauma informed care.
- Be a member of someone’s village. Support your friends, family and neighbors with kids by inviting a family over to dinner, sharing your child’s gently used toys or clothes, or volunteering with an organization that serves youth.
- Speak Up. If you suspect abuse or neglect is occurring, make a report. It is not your job to gather all the evidence. But it is your responsibility to speak up for that child who may be hurting. To Report Abuse Call: 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)
As an employer…
- Create a youth safety policy. If your organization or business works with youth or youth frequent it, create and implement a youth safety policy. This can reduce the risk of child sexual abuse by 80% (see source.)
- Ensure your personnel policy supports working parents. Having policies like an emergency day-care plan can help reduce stress amongst working parents and help them to focus on their work.
- Become trauma informed. You have likely hired someone or served a client who has experienced trauma. By making your workplace trauma informed, you can avoid re-activating someone’s trauma and have greater success in working with that individual.
Dedicated to getting upstream of the epidemic, Linn County CAN recruits individuals, organizations and businesses to sign up for a training from a local partner in abuse recognition, reporting, internet safety and trauma informed care.
Linn County CAN also supports youth serving organizations, or places children frequent, develop or strengthen an existing youth safety policy. Having a strong youth safety policy can reduce the risk of child sexual abuse by up to 80% (see source.)
Contact Linn County CAN to learn more about being connected to a training or writing a youth safety policy.
To report suspected abuse or neglect call Oregon hotline: 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)
If a child’s life is in immediate danger call 9-1-1