CHILD CENTERED SOLUTIONS

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews 355

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law

Location: PO Box 0397 Portland OR 97207 USA

Mission: Child Centered Solutions (CCS) protects the rights of children during high-conflict family disputes.
Programs: As part of our goal to help parents and professionals give a voice to children, we host training seminars for judges, lawyers and other professionals about topics related to child representation. We also sponsor community education initiatives that raise awareness about the impact of family conflict on children. Children or adults who were involved in contentious divorces during their childhood are more likely to have debilitating physical, social and psychological issues. Driven by an extensive feeling of loss and abandonment, these children are two to three times more likely to manifest issues including: * Juvenile delinquency * Suicide * Under-education * Teen pregnancy * Personal divorces CCS provides a new organizational model to protect children impacted by family conflict. Through a multi-tiered approach of professional training and community education, CCS protects the rights and needs of children during a divorce and strives to develop a supportive and knowledgeable community that better understands the long-term effects of high-conflict families on children.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Since 2005, Child Centered Solutions (CCS) has helped give a voice to children in Oregon. From directly representing children to coaching attorneys, to creating the Children's Bill of Rights, CCS helps children who are stuck in the middle of families in conflict. The work CCS does is not glamorous. It's necessary. So many children feel powerless, stuck between fighting parents without many people to turn to. When the children do find advocates, frequently those advocates are not well-trained in understanding the children's special needs. CCS strives to provide resources to educate both children and those in a position to help them. With CCS's help, more children in Oregon are growing up happy and healthy, while fewer children are suffering the negative and destructive impact of family conflict. Child Centered Solution is a great organization and can use all the help it can get.

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I have not personally had the need for CCS's services.

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We are always seeking to improve CCS.

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The time volunteering at Child Center Solutions was the most pleasant working experience so far. At CCS i was able to further understand the value of helping others. This is a great organization aimed at helping the victims of divorce, the children. Along with a sense of accomplishment i was able to learn a lot from my enthusiastic co-workers.

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Helping parents in need get a better grasp of the more complicated necessities in their child's life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a legal counseling option for clients within CCS.

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As a volunteer at CCS, I was happy to work with a group so focused on the well being and needs of children during such a stressful process. Too often parents focus on their own wants and needs during divorce proceedings, CCS rightfully focuses the attention back on the children affected by the family conflicts.

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Seeing and hearing the direct need of this type of group from school counselors, and the amazing impact CCS is able to make on children's and families lives

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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I volunteered for Child Centered Solutions after I graduated high school. I saw first hand the impact the organization had on families and children in need of support during difficult times. When I volunteered at CCS, attorneys provided pro bono services for children involved in custody battles. It was reassuring to realize that there are organizations whose sole mission is to be the voice of a child who might have been forgotten about during a difficult family time. Although CCS does not provide legal representation anymore, their resources for parents and professionals offer advice and strategies for parenting plans, communicating with the child's school and expectant behaviors of the child during a family conflict.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing a successful parenting plan developed between estranged parents for the sole benefit of their child.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest more marketing and fund-raising events to not only raise awareness of CCS but also about the importance of children's rights during family conflict such as divorce.

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Having seen Child Centered Solutions in action I have been impressed with what they do and how they handle themselves. They are dedicated to educating parents and the public about the needs and rights child have and deserve.

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interacting with their staff and volunteers.

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help them gain more exposure so they can grow and expand their influence to more people and places.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CCS fills a critical niche for families going through difficult times. Not only are they there to provide the various documents and paperwork required during such a period, but the care and child-centric focus they also provide is outstanding.

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I've personally interacted with the staff of CCS and always come away impressed with what they're doing now and in the future.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand the on the number of lives CCS can impact by increasing its exposure.

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Child Centered Solutions helped my family and I get through some very tough times. They are always willing to share a smiling face and are quick to answer any questions we have. I always get quick responses to any emails and phone calls I make. I will definitely use CCS if I ever need to again and definitely will be sure to recommend to anyone else who is getting divorced and wants to help their family.

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the way my family holds respect for each other now.

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Keep expanding it to make the most of its benefits.

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The best charities are the ones that look to break the cycle of repeated problems. Often those that are involved in conflict at a young age are the ones that find themselves in similar situations in adulthood. Child Centered Solutions is striving to break this cycle by reaching children as they battle through their family's conflict. Children need a voice and answers just as much as adults. CCS has taken on the large and ambitious role of getting that voice to children and those that interact with them on a daily basis.

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I have personally interviewed and interacted with the staff that betters the lives of the children CCS helps.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The largest change has already occured. CCS is now focussed on getting information and education to those that can best help children as suppose to representing the children that are in the worst situations. By providing education pro-actively, the hope is that situations will not escalate as often and more children will be helped.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

Child Centered Solutions provides critical resources to children and families during periods of extreme conflict. The materials that have been authored and compiled by Child Centered Solutions, are designed to educate families and professionals on how to mitigate the impact of the crisis on children. Materials are also provided to the children to help them process what is going on within their families.

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I have personally heard from individuals who have been able to utilize Child Centered Solutions materials, and who have described how the tools and techniques that they learned from the materials equipped them with the skills that they needed to minimize the impact of the crisis on their families.

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If I could make a change, I would work even harder to find additional outlets for these incredible materials so that many more families to utilize them during their period of need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Child Centered Solutions helps parents and professionals give a voice to children. Community education, traning seminars for judges, lawyers, and other professionals, and the published Children's Bill of Rights are direct examples of the work Child Centered Solutions accomplishes on behalf of children who experience family conflict.

As a "bonus" parent to two wonderful step-sons, I am honored to serve as a Board member to this valuable organization. I had always been a supporter of the mission of Child Centered Solutions, however my support and interest reached new heights when I became a "bonus" parent in 2008.

Children need a voice when they are caught in family disputes. I have seen first hand the assistance and training that parents and professionals receive from Child Centered Solutions. Children in our community benefit from the mission and work of this organization. In countless ways, our community is better as a result.

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Children need a voice when they are caught in family disputes. I have seen first hand the assistance and training that parents and professionals receive from Child Centered Solutions. Children in our community benefit from the mission and work of this organization. In countless ways, our community is better as a result.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue the work to provide awareness of this valuable organization to our community.

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