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Clackamas Kids Need Our Help
There are proven programs and services that work to protect children from trauma, abuse, and neglect. Right here in Clackamas County, we have many organizations working hard to create a safe and resilient community for our children and youth. However, much more can and should be done to prioritize the well-being of some of our most vulnerable families, and ensure that all children reach their full potential.
Yes for Clackamas Kids is working to create the Clackamas Children’s Safety Levy, a dedicated source of funding for critical safety services for children and youth, delivered by trusted local organizations to Clackamas County children and families. We believe that locally-based community programs are uniquely qualified and appropriately positioned to perform this work and maximize the greatest return on investment.
To develop this initiative—on the November ballot as Measure 3-564—we have come together as a coalition of service providers, business leaders, elected officials, advocates, faith communities, and culturally-specific providers, as well as people with lived experience of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and trauma experienced as children and youth.
By voting YES on Measure 3-564 this November, we can meaningfully address the critical need for intervention and support services that exist in Clackamas County—and double the number of children and youth served in our community.
Our Guiding Principles
SafetyAll children deserve to be safe and secure and have meaningful opportunities to contribute to a thriving community.
ActionWe are goal-oriented, forward focused, and dedicated to ensuring successful outcomes for children and youth.
DiversityViolence and abuse affects all aspects of our community and our response must be inclusive and engage all voices and cultures throughout the entire community.
HopeWe believe in the healing power of hope and are committed to providing hope-centered, strength-based, and resiliency-focused interventions and services.
UnityAbuse and violence impacting children and youth is a complex and multi-dimensional problem that requires proactive, committed, and sustained multi-sector collaboration among counties, cities, public agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and community partners.
EquityIn order to prioritize equitable outcomes, we expect a robust equity lens will be employed that outlines expected results, data collection and analysis, community engagement, targeted strategies and approaches, implementation, and accountability. This lens must include addressing disparate impacts experienced by the BIPOC community, LGBTQI community and other communities and individuals harmed by oppression and system inequity.
TransparencyOur coalition will continue to be founded on transparency and we are committed to communication that is centered on humility, integrity, and authenticity.
KnowledgeWe will be provider-informed in developing and adopting strategies for reducing abuse and promoting safety for children and youth using client-centered approaches and culturally responsive support.
AccountabilityWe will require defined, efficient, and measurable outcomes based on broadly recognized public metrics. This transparency and accountability is vital to maintain the long term support of voters and the community.