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.
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.
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.