Children's Relief Nursery is a community-based program of LifeWorks NW that provides child abuse prevention services to families with children from birth to age four who are at serious risk of abuse and neglect. Studies show that early intervention programs such as ours can reduce child abuse by up to 80%. All proceeds fund comprehensive wrap-around services to Portland's most struggling families. Funds directly impact over 200 children per year.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Did you know there is a report of child abuse or neglect in Oregon every 8 minutes-and nearly half the victims are infants and toddlers? Adverse childhood experiences in the early years can cause life-long problems. Factors such as financial distress, domestic violence, the loss of a job, substance abuse or single parenting with no relief can threaten a family's stability and integrity.
How will this project solve this problem?
The best solution is to prevent abuse and neglect from happening. The best time to address these issues is in the first 33 months of a child's life. Children's Relief Nursery provide a range of services that "wrap-around" the family to reduce parental stress and social isolation. We're teaching parenting skills, strengthening bonds between parents and their babies, providing targeted services, reducing child behavioral problems and improving social-emotional development in very young children.
Potential Long Term Impact
We believe that by focusing on the social and emotional well-being of the youngest, most vulnerable children, we can strengthen families. We do this at a time when we can have the greatest impact on their lives, when their children are infants through age 4. Our families get the help they need, when they need it, to overcome their difficulties and emerge stronger - as a family. A failed family becomes a burden on the community. A successful one contributes to it.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.