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What We Do

Kids FIRST is Lane County's Children's Advocacy Center. Our mission is to provide intervention and advocacy for children who are victims of, or witnesses to, crime. Children are referred to us directly by our community partners: law enforcement, DHS Child Welfare, and medical professionals. Kids FIRST most often serves children for child sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, or witness to domestic violence. Approximately 2/3 of the children we serve are under age 12.

The purpose of an agency like Kids FIRST is to reduce the number of times a child has to talk about what has happened to them. We provide a warm, child-focused setting where children can be forensically interviewed, receive a medical exam, receive victim advocacy, and, if necessary, testify before the grand jury-- all under one roof. 

Helping Kids Heal

Helping Kids Heal

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A victim advocate will guide a child and their caregiver through each step of the process. They will also provide referrals, case management and criminal justice support.

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A child-friendly interview conducted by a trained forensic interview specialist. Interviews are recorded to help reduce the number of times a child has to tell their story.

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It may be appropriate for a child to be examined by a specially trained physician. The physician determines the child's medical and emotional needs, and gathers evidence.


For those child abuse cases which felony charges are filed, Kids FIRST hosts grand jury on-site for the child and their caregivers in a safe and familiar setting.

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Kids FIRST provides therapy services for children who screen into the program during their first visit.


Kids FIRST is the Regional Children's Advocacy Center for Lane, Coos, and Douglas Counties.

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Kids FIRST provides resources for anyone seeking to make our community a safer place for kids. We are happy to share safety tips and more!

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