Klamath-Lake Child Abuse Response & Evaluation Services (CARES) is a safe place where children who may have been physically or sexually abused or severely neglected can 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 interviews and, when abuse is found, documented evidence. Our child advocate helps children and their family members find counseling and other 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. We are the designated Child Advocacy Center for Klamath and Lake Counties in southern Oregon, and on call for Modoc and Siskiyou Counties in northern California. We will provide objective evaluations for over 300 children suspected of being abused this 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, Our affiliation with 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 our assessment, education and prevention programs.
US Rep. Greg Walden visits with Executive Director Ken Morton in CARES' child-friendly waiting room
We especially appreciate our Volunteers and Donors whose generosity enables us to objectively evaluate and assist children and youth. Volunteers also participate on our governing Board of Directors, as well as the Multi-Disciplinary Teams of experts who collectively determine if abuse has occurred.
CARES is a full member of the National Children's Alliance and a member of the Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers. We are one of the founding members of the Klamath Stop The Hurt Coalition, and its award-winning awareness campaign. We are one of the first steps in a continuum of care that includes many community partners.