by Emily Neelon |

When I think back on my childhood, I remember the carefreeness of it, each day a new adventure, my runaway imagination taking me in any and every direction. I had a good childhood, a loving childhood, one untainted by the realities of adulthood. I would give anything to that untroubled time in my life.

Not all children are lucky enough to have a carefree childhood like mine. Some are mistreated by their families. Some suffer abuse by the people meant to protect them. Some are left alone, receiving little or no care and compassion essential to developing into a healthy and happy person. Some don’t have a childhood at all. The Children’s Center aims to put an end to this mistreatment.

The Children’s Center is a non-profit medical assessment center in Portland that supports children that are possible victims of abuse and neglect. Through partnerships with other community organizations, the Center works to begin the healing process for victims and their families and educate the public in the hopes of ending abuse and neglect.

The Center provides medical evaluations, interviews and medical record assessments for children suspected of suffering physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse and being exposed to drug manufacturing, distribution or use. The Center also provides support and outreach groups for families affected by abuse.

The Children’s Center was featured all week on PRP’s live stream as part of our award-winning Community Voices series. The Podcasts we produced, featuring key members of the organization, are below.

The Center accepts donations and volunteers among other ways to give back to children of abuse and neglect. To get involved, visit