Mission, Vision & History
We work to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect, supporting children as they find their voice and helping children and families heal and thrive.
We envision a world in which every child has the opportunity to be happy, healthy and safe; parents and caregivers understand the impact of their actions on children, and our community actively and vocally stands up to child abuse and neglect.
In 1991, the Oregon State Legislature passed House Bill 2882, which mandated the creation of 35 Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) to assess child abuse investigation procedures in each county in the state. Two years later, the legislature funded this mandate by creating the Child Abuse Multi-disciplinary Intervention (CAMI) account through which each MDT would be eligible to receive a percentage of the fines collected for traffic and criminal offenses in its county. This money was stipulated to be used for multi-disciplinary approaches in the investigation and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Linn County MDT designated the development of a child assessment center as its first priority. In 1995, the Linn County Child Victim Assessment Center - officially known as ABC House - applied for and was granted non-profit status in the State of Oregon. By May of 1997, ABC House opened a temporary site at the Lebanon Community Hospital and began providing a continuum of services to abused and neglected children from both Benton and Linn counties.
Two years later in 1999, ABC House officially opened the Children’s Advocacy Center located in Albany, Oregon. To meet the growing demand for services in 2015 the Board voted to move forward with a capital campaign and purchased the future home of ABC House. In early 2019, ABC House celebrated moving into our new 11,000+ sq ft building.
For the over 25 years, ABC House has provided a continuum of comprehensive services to over 12,000 children and their families. To date, we are the only agency providing child abuse assessment and support services for Benton and Linn counties.
ABC House is an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance and a member of the Oregon Child Abuse Solutions. ABC House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
ABC House complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.