Klamath-Lake Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services (CARES) is an objective, professional freestanding medical facility where children who may have been physically or sexually abused can safely tell the truth. Where their deep, dark secrets can finally come to light, in privacy and confidence.
The trusted, experienced professional staff at CARES provides comprehensive medical examinations, objective forensic interviews and, when abuse is found, documented evidence for possible prosecution. The child and family advocate helps children and their non-offending family members find counseling and meet other basic needs with communtiy resources to facilitate recovery.
To help people know how to recognize, report and prevent child abuse and neglect, CARES' experts speak out throughout Klamath and Lake Counties to groups wanting to learn more about this critical issue. Request a speaker or a tour right here!
Child abuse, many studies have shown, is often the root cause (and caused by) substance abuse, teen pregnancy, domestic violence and other crimes. It's a vicious cycle that can be broken if reported and investigated by people who CARE. People like you.
CARES is where Intervention, Prevention and Healing can begin for young victims and their families. The designated Child Advocacy Center for Klamath and Lake Counties in southern Oregon, CARES also serves Modoc and Siskiyou Counties in northern California, providing objective evaluations for over 350 children suspected of being abused each year.
CARES began in 1993 as a department of Sky Lakes Medical Center, then called Merle West Medical Center, with a staff of two in the Emergency Department. The support of Sky Lakes and its Foundation continues to this day, providing CARES with tax-exempt status and in-kind administrative services. As a result, virtually all donations to CARES go directly to child abuse assessment, education and prevention programs.
US Rep. Greg Walden visits with Executive Director Ken Morton in CARES' child-friendly waiting room
Volunteers and Donors generously donate their time and treasure to make it possible for CARES to evaluate and assist so many endangered children and youth. Volunteers also participate on the advisory Board of Directors, as well as the Multi-Disciplinary Teams of law enforcement and child welfare authorities who collectively determine if abuse has occurred.
As a fully accredited member of the National Children's Alliance and a member of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, CARES is a crucial first step in the continuum of care to protect children that includes many community partners. In this picture, US Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon visits with CARES Executive Director Ken Morton in the playroom about public funding through the US Department of Justice.