With schools and other youth-serving organizations closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, many Oregon children no longer have the safety net of teachers, counselors and other safe adults around them. With fewer eyes on children, there is less opportunity to recognize abuse when it’s happening and get kids the help they need. Already, the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline is seeing a significant decrease in child abuse reporting.
As responsible adults, it is up to us to help protect and support the children around us. We can be the safety net.
Everyone can play a role in keeping kids safer during these uncertain times. Here are some resources:
Recommendations for being homebound from ABC House’s Trauma Counseling Specialists:
The reality is that we are all experiencing a worldwide traumatic event and just as trauma affects us all differently so too will this event. Our children are experiencing this event as well and hear reports on the news or overhear adults talking about their concerns or worries. Children will ultimately worry as well. We strongly suggest that you give your children more support than you might usually. Click here to read more about the supportive measures you can take for the wellbeing of your children.
Child & Family Wellbeing:
Digital Safety Resources:
Resources for School & Remote Learning:
If there is a child in your life that you’re worried is being harmed, please call the child abuse hotline (855-503-7233) or local law enforcement.