Our Story

Kids FIRST is Lane County’s Children’s Advocacy Center. We provide intervention and advocacy for children who are victims of, or witnesses to crime. Kids FIRST is uniquely poised to provide intervention services at a most critical time– right after a child’s initial disclosure of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or witness to violence. The path to healing begins at Kids FIRST. Our in-house services include forensic interviews, forensic medical exams, advocacy, and grand jury. We do this all under one roof so that a child isn’t further traumatized by visits to the hospital, child welfare offices, police stations, court rooms and beyond. In 2018, we served 709 children. Today, Kids FIRST is experiencing exciting change and growth. Our current lease is coming to an end and we will be moving to a new building that can better support the needs of our community. We have initiated a Capital Campaign to support the extensive renovations needed to support this transition and growth. Our program goals for the new building are to provide the best intervention services to child victims of abuse while adding mental health services onsite, increasing safety and security for staff, and adding child sexual abuse prevention trainings.

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