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Mary Monnat, CEO of Lifeworks Northwest Inc., at DePaul treatment centers annual freedom award luncheon. MS MONNAT Is This Year’s Freedom Award recipient. Appearing with Janet Arenz. Sept 2016


Gov. Kate Brown is doing plenty to boost graduation rates (OPINION)

Portland, Ore – A little research goes a long way. In education — and in editorials.

Tuesday’s editorial, “As governor stalls, education advocates propose measure to boost graduation rates,” could have benefited from a little additional research itself. The editorial suggested that Gov. Kate Brown has done little or nothing to address Oregon’s shocking absenteeism issue. That’s not accurate. We know, because we’ve discussed this with her in person, hosted her education experts as speakers at our conferences and worked with her chief education officer and others in her administration to enact real action on this critical issue. To read more click here!


March 2017
Portland, Ore.  — Over 900 students, kindergarten through 12th grade, convened at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday for the Chess for Success 50th Annual State Chess Tournament. Click here!
February 2017
Alliance Board Member, Craig Opperman received a community service award from Blacks In Government for leadership in promoting cultural awareness, equity, excellence and opportunity in the community. He is president and CEO of Looking Glass Community Services. Click here!
October 2016
Salem, Ore – The recreation room at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility in Salem was nearly silent. About two dozen young men filled the room, but only the lightest cough, the tapping of a shoe, or the whispers of “check” and “check mate” could be heard. Youth from five of the Oregon Youth Authority’s closed-custody facilities went to Hillcrest on Wednesday to participate in a Chess for Success tournament. To read more please click here!
July 2016
Salem, Ore – Marion County Commissioners approved a $268,644 contract with Bridgeway Recovery Services to keep parents with minors out of the prison system, and instead under probation and community supervision services. To read more please click here!
June 2016
Washington, D.C. – Alliance Executive Director lobbies Congress on mental health and addiction recovery, thanked by former U.S. House Rep. Patrick Kennedy. To see the photo please click here!
May 2016
Eugene, OR – At the agency’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Options Counseling and Family Services presented Nancy Nathanson with the Children’s Champion Award in recognition of her legislative support for effective services to Oregon’s children and families. Representative Nathanson (House District 13) sponsored legislation to support school health clinics, to create a structure for more effective responses to child abuse reports and to reduce duplicative regulations that can divert the resources child-focused agencies away from services.
 April 2016
Portland, Ore – In 2015 Trillium kicked off “Keep Oregon Well” — a public advocacy campaign designed to reduce stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, build a trauma-informed community, and give people the opportunity to learn more about mental health and stand with those who may be struggling with theirs. To learn more please click here!
March 2016
Portland, Ore –  Albertina Kerr is taking the next step in offering accessible medical care by launching Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Project ECHO is a tele-mentoring model using video conferencing technology to provide primary care physicians access to mentorship from specialists, allowing them to advance their expertise and provide enhanced care to patients. To read more please click here!
Portland, Ore – Claire LaPoma lost a parent as a young child and understands the impact it can have on a child’s wellbeing. Now, LaPoma is a social worker at Faubion School in north Portland, and she has deep empathy for children struggling with this and other mental health crises. To read more please click here!
January 2016
Hood River, Ore – The Next Door is honoring Jeannette Kreft-Logsdon as its 2015 Bonnie Benton Philanthropist of the Year. Kreft-Logsdon, owner of Wy’east Laboratories in Odell, has been a longtime supporter of The Next Door. Last December, she offered a very generous matching gift, doubling up to $100,000 of other donors’ gifts. To read more please click here!
Salem, Ore – The Salem City Council unanimously approved the creation and purpose of the joint Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative Monday night.
The initiative is a joint venture between Salem, Keizer and Marion and Polk counties to tackle the issue of homelessness collaboratively as a region. To read more please click here!
December 2015
Portland, Ore – A bulletin board hangs above Drew Gadbois’ desk in his office at De Paul Treatment Center in Portland. Pinned to the top left corner is a collage of clippings from Seventeen magazine. The words “Rising” and “Step Up” in bold typeface are focal points, next to a cutout of a pink mascara tube and a cheese pizza. To read more please click here!
Corvallis, Ore – Baking is a holiday tradition for Nancy Friesen: with her first-graders when she taught at Clover Ridge School, and with her grandchildren after she retired.

Now that she’s also a volunteer ambassador with Jackson Street Youth Services, Friesen volunteered to make cookies with youths at the Albany shelter as it marks its first Christmas. To read more please click here!

November 2015
Portland, Ore – Portland police Officer Mike Gallagher, who helped develop a team of officers, victim advocates and prosecutors to combat prostitution and sex trafficking, was awarded the police bureau’s Mark Zylawy Distinguished Service Medal on Thursday. To read more please click here!
October 2015
Jasper, Ore – A volunteer teacher at a center for kids who have suffered abuse poured the earnings from a children’s book he wrote back into building a courtyard at the school. To read more please click here!
September 2015
The annual “100 Best” lists are out and we are excited to share that our member Bridgeway Recovery Services has been chose!!  The 100 Best Nonprofits will be honored at a special event the evening of Wednesday September 30, 2015 and featured in the October issue of Oregon Business.
Salem, Ore – Tricia Ratliff, program director of the HOME Youth & Resource Center, speaks during the grand reopening of the center, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Salem, Ore. To read more please click here!
July 2015
Albany, Ore – Eight years ago, the director of youth, assimilation and social outreach at Willamette Community Church came to the Jackson Street Youth Shelter in Corvallis with a request. He wanted homeless teens to have a safe, stable place to sleep at night, like the Corvallis shelter — but he wanted it in Linn County. To read more please click here!
Portland, Ore – Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare says it has reached a critical milestone in a campaign to rebuild a multi-faceted facility. To read more please click here!
Salem, Ore – After a year of searching, they found a perfect spot in the Grant neighborhood, in the 1600 block of Summer Street. Once a nursing home and a charter school, it was the perfect size and outfitted in such a way that Bridgeway could move in and start business right away, Murphy said. Plus, it has a sizeable parking lot and it is on a bus line. To read more please click here!
Salem, Ore – Jon Reeves has been promoted to executive director of Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. Reeves has worked at Community Action for 17 years, most recently as the program director for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. He started his new position July 20. To read more please click here!
March 2015
Portland, Ore – Trillium Family Services has kicked off their “Keep Oregon Well” advocacy campaign in a big way, and on March 19th Trillium’s President & CEO Kim Scott was interviewed by Kink FM Radio personality Sheila Hamilton about the campaign and all of the exciting things happening at Trillium (and in the communities they serve). For the complete interview please click here!
February 2015Salem, Ore. – Lynne Saxton Heralded as Next OHA Director. After Gov. Kitzhaber announced that he’d tapped Lynne Saxton to run the Oregon Health Authority, it wasn’t long before plaudits started raining in. Saxton is expected to be confirmed the week of January 12 by the Oregon Senate, and step into her new role the following Monday. Read More Here
January 2015
Portland, Ore -Albertina Kerr launches pilot to better treat children with behavioral disorders – A new pilot program to better treat children with behavioral disorders is continuing the Oregon trend of teleconferencing and providing a continuum of care to patients. The program, which will launch in January, is being spearheaded by the Children’s Developmental Health Institute (CDHS),acquired by Portland mental health nonprofit Albertina Kerr in 2013. 
Read More Here
December 2014
Tech flaws cause $23 million in false child-welfare claims – SALEM, OR – Oregon has repaid more than $23 million in federal funding, after flawed software caused the state’s child-welfare system to claim money for which it was ineligible. Managers at the state Department of Human Services were aware of defects in the OR-Kids information system when they decided to go live with it in August 2011, but they forged ahead anyway, according to an audit report released by the Secretary of State’s office last Thursday. Read More Here
November 2014
Group one step closer to opening youth shelter in Salem – SALEM, OR – A small group of nonprofit and community leaders has quietly started dreaming about a homeless youth shelter in Salem, and this month it’s one step closer to reality. Community Action Agency received a $50,000 grant to hire a program director in part to help establish Riverfront Youth Shelter, an emergency shelter for ages 12 to 17. The nonprofit also applied for a federal grant to hire overnight staff, but it’s a longshot, said Cyndi Astley, deputy director of Community Action Agency. Read more here
September 2014
Funding Shortfall Closes 100 year old programs – PORTLAND, OR – Rosemont Treatment Center, a residential school and behavioral therapy program for troubled girls, closed on August 22, 2014. Morrison Child & Family Services will continue to use the facility in Southeast Portland for other programs ceremony.
Read More Here
July 2014
Portland, Ore. – Portland agency gets $3.7 million to help unaccompanied children. The federal government awarded a Portland-based nonprofit nearly $3.7 million for this year to house unaccompanied immigrant minors, according to records from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Morrison Child and Family Services, a nonprofit that supports victims of traumatic events, was awarded $3,694,729 in federal grant money for the 2014 fiscal year for staffing and “secure residential services” for unaccompanied immigrant children. The most recent bump came July 11, when the nonprofit was given $923,681. Read More Here
June 2014
Hood River, Ore. – Students of the Klahre House Alternative School are unveiling their recently completed group art project on June 11. The students want to share their art with the community at an opening ceremony.
Read More Here
May 2014
Corvallis, Ore. -The face of Homelessness- The Youth Advisory Group of Jackson Street Youth Shelter is a way to get high school students involved and volunteering in their community. Throughout the year they have worked on many projects, including this important awareness video.
February 2014 
PORTLAND, Ore. –A new Multnomah County initiative to keep wayward kids with their families and out of jail could spur big changes to the youth corrections system statewide…Last year, the juvenile services division began a contract with the nonprofit Youth Villages to place 22 kids in an intensive home-based program that includes around-the-clock support such as family counseling and school visits from caseworkers. The county is looking to expand its work with Youth Villages with the Title IV-E money.
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January 2014
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Resources for Homeless Youth
Executive Director of Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Ann Craig, sits down with Adam Bjaranson of Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the National and Regional Youth homelessness.

Watch More Here

November 2013
Duck Race to Benefit Looking Glass
EUGENE, Ore. – If you could give one dollar and get four dollars value in return, would you?
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October 2013
J Bar J Boys Ranch grad returns with message – KTVZ, Oct. 28th
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Another great article about our member Northwest Family Services was printed in the Clackamas Review and the Oregon City News.

Federal Grant Supports Vibrant Futures

Both the Oregon City Review and Wilsonville Spokesman printed this wonderful article about our member Parrott Creek Child and Family Services.
At-Risk Youth South of OC See Power of Giving

September 2013
We are always so proud of the amazing work that all of our members do everyday. Check out this great article in the Gazette Times about the Jackson Street Youth Center.

Agencies join forces to help youth in transition

December 2012
2012 pictures –
2012 Pictures

May 2012
Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs 2012 Annual Summit-
2012 Summit Photos

March 2012
Parrott Creek wants community involved –
Parrott Creek

January 2012

OACP's Childrens Champion album on Photobucket

Rep Nathanson – OACP Children’s Champion Luncheon 2012 –
Rep Nathanson Newsletter

OACP Children’s Champion Luncheon 2012 –
Photos of the luncheon

September 2011
Looking Glass Riverfront School finally can move into the Jefferson Westside neighborhood. –
School receives specific approval

Under The Overpass – A Community Celebration –
Under The Overpass – A Community Celebration

August 2011
The 2011 Manza Excellence in Leadership Award to Oregon Mentors Executive Director Carolyn Becic. –
MENTOR Caucus Meeting Focuses on Quality Mentoring

July 2011
Major Bend Horse Competition Aids At-Risk Youth –
Hundreds of Horses, Riders and Spectators Attend High Desert Classics

June 2011
Homeless youth that make library their home –
In Corvallis, homeless youth that make library their home creates conflict

Teen remains true to himself –
Teen remains true to himself as he battles bullying and hardships

April 2011
11 young people to attend this weekends PeaceJam Northwest conference –
Jackson Street youth to attend Oregon State leadership conference

March 2011
Proposed cuts to Oregon juvenile justice would eliminate hundreds of beds –
Proposed cuts to Oregon juvenile justice would eliminate hundreds of beds

February 2011
‘New normal’ for Oregon nonprofits –
‘New normal’ for Oregon nonprofits brings new stresses and a determination to be heard

The Next Door –
The community behind Community Education

January 2011
True dedication: Chamber Woman of Year says faith a driving factor in work –
Ontario Chamber of Commerce as Woman of the Year is an honor Renee Cummings is thankful for and appreciative of

Chris Krenk,President and CEO, Albertina Kerr Centers –
Chris Krenk, Albertina Kerr Centers
Chris Krenk, President & CEO of Albertina Kerr Centers joined us today to share how people can get involved and join their army of angels helping those in need in our community

January 2010
Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City) Receives the 2009 Children’s Champion Award from the OACP –
Kennemer Recognized for Efforts with Kids
Oregon City Legislator Gets Children’s Champion Award

August 2010
Washington County Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) helps people starting to struggle with psychosis –
Innovative program in Oregon helps youths struggling with early schizophrenia [The Oregonian]