The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services
We are a nationally recognized research, training, and consultation center, working across Oregon and beyond. Founded as a partnership between the School of Social Work at Portland State University and Oregon Child Welfare in 1993, our services now touch on the fields of: early childhood, family support, and cross-systems integration for children and youth.
All children, youth, and families are safe, connected, and thriving, supported by effective and equitable organizations, institutions, and community systems.
We build the capacity of human service organizations and systems to improve the equity and effectiveness of services and community supports for children, youth, and families.
Our vision and mission are informed by our values, and our values live in action.
The Center's Programs
Leverage Our Expertise for Your Agency or Community
We partner and collaborate with agencies, non-profits, community partners, professionals, scholars, parents and youth on transformative, system changing projects that increase practice effectiveness. The center includes more than 60 staff with various subject-matter expertise. For additional information about the center and the services we can provide, please contact our Executive Director, Katharine Cahn.
Training and Workforce Development
- Research-based training
- Curriculum development
- eLearning development
- Needs assessment
- Implementation planning
- Leadership development
Consultation and Technical Assistance
- Program development and management
- Systems change
- Group facilitation
- Qualitative and quantitative research
- Program evaluation
- Metrics and indicators of practice