Mission, Vision & History

ABC House Mission: 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.

ABC House Vision: 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, dba: 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, ABC House officially opened the Child Abuse Intervention Center located in Albany, Oregon.

For the past 20 years, ABC House has provided a continuum of comprehensive services to over 7,000 children and their families. To date, we are the only agency in our designated area to provide 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 Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers.