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Children's Center turns to mental health care

Morrison Child and Family Services, a statewide provider of children’s mental health services, last month opened an outpatient clinic in Oregon City, co-located with the Children’s Center.

A grand opening will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., for its new program offering general outpatient services to children, teens and families in the Clackamas/Oregon City area who are in need of therapeutic care.

The private Portland nonprofit organization serves more than 6,000 children and their families annually with the mental and emotional support after traumas.

Also last month, a celebration honored Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote for his 10 years of leadership as chairman of the Children’s Center Board of Directors.

Foote, who was instrumental in establishing the nonprofit child abuse medical assessment center in Clackamas County, was part of the founding group of community leaders committed to creating a place in Clackamas County where children could tell their stories of abuse and families would receive resources to help them heal. Upon the nonprofit’s founding in 2001, Foote became the first chairman and served in that role until Jan. 1, 2012, when Russ Reinhard, chief executive of Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, succeeded him. Foote continues to serve as immediate past chairman.

“John’s leadership in the effort to create Children’s Center gave focus to the process,” said retired Clackamas County Sheriff Ris Bradshaw. “A lot of people talked about creating a child abuse assessment center in our county, but when John got involved, his leadership helped it become a reality.”

Since its founding in 2002, Children’s Center has grown from a small start-up agency to providing direct services to more than 600 children annually.



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