Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services

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.

Our Vision

All children, youth, and families are safe, connected, and thriving, supported by effective and equitable organizations, institutions, and community systems.

Our Mission

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 Values

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.


Center Directors

Training and Workforce Development

  • Research-based training
  • Curriculum development
  • eLearning development
  • Needs assessment
  • Implementation planning
  • Leadership development
  • Evaluation

Consultation and Technical Assistance

  • Program development and management
  • Systems change
  • Group facilitation
  • Coaching
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Program evaluation
  • Metrics and indicators of practice


If you believe in the mission of the Center and would like to support our work, you may make a tax-deductible donation to our account in the PSU Foundation. It's easy!

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