Research that Keeps Kids Safe


The Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect is a research and outreach unit dedicated to implementing and evaluating child abuse and neglect primary prevention efforts in Lane County, Oregon, and the greater Pacific Northwest.


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The Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect

Our Mission

CPAN’s mission is to promote the prevention and effective measurement of child abuse in Lane County and across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest using best practices in dissemination science and surveillance. This includes the 90by30 Initiative, a community-campus partnership with a single aspirational goal: A 90 percent reduction of child abuse and neglect in one U.S. County. Find out more about 90by30 here


90by30 is a community-campus partnership with the aspirational goal of reducing child abuse 90 percent by 2030. It empowers each region of Lane County to choose prevention strategies – like the Welcome Baby Bundle and Roots of Empathy – that work for that area.

Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children is a facilitated, video-based child sexual abuse prevention curriculum designed for adults. It is being delivered across 12 Oregon rural regions (n=32,000+). CPAN is conducting a developmental program evaluation in partnership with The Ford Family Foundation.


This partnership between the Center for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, Oregon Research Schools Network, and the South Coast ESD will begin in August 2020 and focus on implementing trauma-informed school systems. Find out more about ORSN here

News & Events

OCAPS Pilot Study

How many Oregon children experience child abuse. neglect, and exposure to domestic violence? Have we made headway in decreasing child abuse and neglect in the past 20 years?

Until now, Oregon has relied almost exclusively on a handful of questions in surveys and on reports to child protective services to estimate abuse and neglect rates. Policymakers, funders, advocates and people working to support children and families overwhelmingly agree that the best existing measurement significantly under-reports the actual abuse and neglect experienced by Oregon children and youth.

There is a need for a better approach. The Oregon Child Abuse Prevalence Study (OCAPS) is designed to more accurately measure child abuse and neglect prevalence rates by directly surveying middle and high school students, using iPads with privacy screens, about their experiences. CPAN piloted OCAPS in Lane County schools in 2018-2019.

Trauma-Informed Schools Project Launches

September kicked off a new partnership between CPAN/90by30; The Trauma Healing Project; Oregon Research Schools Network; and South Coast ESD, which comprises 10 school districts in Coos and Curry counties. This three-year effort to build trauma-informed schools...

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“Family Matters” with Parenting Now!

90by30 co-founder and CPAN Director of Research Jeff Todahl recently spoke at Parenting Now!’s virtual “Family Matters: Raising Children in a COVID World.” Jeff discussed the issues facing families in the wake of the global outbreak and the...

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of Lane County youth have been sexually abused


of Lane County youth have experienced at least four types of physical assault by an adult


of Lane County adults believe that child abuse can be significantly reduced

"Thank you. Childhood abuse/trauma will likely affect me and a lot of adolescents I know, for the rest of our lives. It is nice to be validated and to know people are taking steps to help prevent this."


– OCAPS Participant

Stewards of Children " has raised awareness about child abuse as an issue in our community that I’m not sure would have existed otherwise. This issue has been shrouded. I think the training has changed a lot of people’s perceptions."


– Stewards of Children Participant

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