Klamath-Lake CARES

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Since 2009, when child welfare figures showed Klamath County had twice the rate of child abuse as Oregon and the U.S., CARES has been working to prevent child abuse and neglect with innovative awareness, prevention, and education programs. Contact Klamath-Lake CARES at (541) 274-6289 for more information about these programs, or to schedule a presentation or tour.


At CARES, we believe in fostering a community where every child feels safe and protected. As part of our commitment to preventing child abuse, we proudly collaborate with the Klamath County Child Abuse Prevention Coalition. Together, we work tirelessly to raise awareness throughout the community, particularly during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Through various initiatives, including educational campaigns and community events, we aim to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources needed to recognize and report instances of abuse. One such effort is the annual Klamath County Community Symposium held in August, where experts, advocates, and community members come together to engage in meaningful discussions and learning opportunities. By promoting awareness and education year-round, we strive to create a safer, more supportive environment for all children in Klamath County.

The Period of PURPLE Crying is an evidence-based program that teaches new parents, healthcare professionals, and caregivers about child development, normal infant crying, and the long-term consequences of shaking a baby.  The program aims to help individuals understand the frustrating features of crying in normal, healthy infants that can lead to shaking or abuse. For more information on infant crying and sleeping problems, tips on soothing a crying baby, what to do if you become frustrated, and the latest research on normal infant crying, visit

Teachers, coaches, school-based staff and volunteers are in a unique position to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. They often become the trusted adult students turn to in difficult times, opening a door for students to get the help they need.  Mandatory reporter training helps them recognize the signs and symptoms of abuse and to know when and how to report it.

Klamath Stop the Hurt was a five-year collaborative, award-winning campaign designed to increase awareness of child abuse, promote positive parenting, and offer resources for families to prevent abuse and neglect. It is not currently active. For more information on the program, please visit the archived website.