Here’s What’s Happening!

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). We’ve found a wonderful selection of parenting information.

To see more videos on parenting, visit the Parenting Success Network’s YouTube page.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Linn County CAN (Child Abuse Network) is working to put together a series of initiatives in our county to support the prevention of child abuse and neglect before it starts.

  • Host a Training or Presentation: Education is the first step in preventing child abuse and neglect. Host a training for your work, volunteers, neighbors, etc. to
    learn the signs of abuse, how to report suspected abuse, how to prevent abuse, how to be trauma informed, etc.
  • Paint Linn County Blue: Blue pinwheels, ribbons and lights have become a symbol for child abuse awareness month. All over Linn County community
    members participate in bringing the epidemic of child abuse and neglect into the light. Individual pinwheels are available for your desk or home. Fill out the pledge to be a part of turning Linn County Blue.
  • Sponsor a Training, Pinwheel Garden, or Event for the community: Awareness initiatives for a whole community or a training for a small organization can be
    expensive. One way you can support CAN’s efforts is to sponsor an Awareness Initiative for your fellow community members.
  • Volunteer: Are you passionate about child abuse prevention? CAN is looking for community volunteers to help raise awareness on the epidemic of child abuse and neglect and to bring prevention efforts to Linn County.

If you would like to participate in any of these initiatives, please fill out the attached form and return it to linncan@unitedwayof


Baby Blast 2019!

Ever wonder what resources are available in east Linn County for your baby’s growth and development, and for you as you grow into parenthood? Find out at Baby Blast 2019: A celebration connecting new families with services available to them! Event will be held on Thursday, February 21, from 1-3:00pm at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, Conference Rooms A-D.

Baby Blast combines the fun of a baby shower with snacks and health information for your baby. Enjoy giveaways and meet representatives from numerous services in Lebanon and Sweet Home, including:

• Samaritan Health Services pediatric, OB/GYN and family practice physicians
• Linn-Benton Community College, Family Resource and Education Center
• Pediatric dental health
• Community libraries
• Medical supplies
• Linn County public health services
• Prenatal services and parental counseling
• Early learning programs
• Physical activities and recreation opportunities

Registration is requrested, but not required, at

For more information, please call (541) 451-7161.

To download an event flyer, please click here.


Coffee Talk Presentation at Clackamas County

Our own Aoife Magee, PhD, was invited to give a presentation at the Clackamas County Department of Public and Government Affairs in Oregon City.  The “Coffee Talk” presentation was entitled, “Self-Care for the Caregiver: Creating Balance while Caring for Others”.  The presentation was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube.  To watch the video, please click here.

Congratulations to Aoife for being asked to participate!


Family Fun Day – Save the Date!

Save the Date! It’s almost time for the 42nd Annual Family Fun Day at the Activity Center on the LBCC Campus, on Saturday, March 9, from 10am-2pm.

Activities are geared for children ages 1-6, and include healthy snacks and drinks, used books and toys for sale, and activities for the little ones! Putt-putt golf, face painting, obstacle courses, bouncy castles, silly putty table, Play-Doh table, bean bag toss, crown making, fishing, doggy petting, dig-and-dirt, etc., etc.

We are grateful to the community sponsors who help to make this event a reality every year.  This year’s Title Sponsor is Samaritan Health Services, and we appreciate so much their tireless support of parenting education in our region.

For more information, please call (541) 917-4897.


Parenting Educator Celebration – Save the Date!

Please reserve Wednesday, April 17, 2019 for the 9th Annual Parenting Educator Celebration.  This year we will be holding the event at the Fireside Conference Room on the LBCC Campus, and we will be offering a networking lunch from 12-1:00pm, and then from 1-3:00pm Pamela Evanston and Claire Davis from Parenting Now will be speaking to us about how to have fun with our families.  This event is open to all community partners who work with families in our region.

To download an event flyer, please click here.


National Speaker to Address Linn-Benton Families – Save the Date!

Please reserve Monday, May 20, 2019 for the 6th Annual PSN Speaking Event!  This year our speaker will be Ann Masten, a Professor of Child Development from the University of Minnesota who studies resilience in human development, particularly in the context of poverty, homelessness, war, disaster, and migration.  Dr. Masten will be the keynote speaker at the OSU Parenting Educator Conference earlier in the day, and then will be coming over to LBCC and addressing local parents at the Tripp Theater on campus.

The event will begin at 6:00pm, and will include free child care for those who call ahead and reserve it.  More information and flyers will be distributed as we get closer to the event.



Crisis Text Line available for Oregon families

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 79 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.  Founder and CEO, Nancy Lublin, “We want to be where you are. We want to make it as easy as possible for people who are in pain to get help.”  Crisis Text Line also has a YouTube presence,, so that you can learn more about their services.

Crisis Text Line has established some guiding principles and strives to help callers based on those principles:

  • We fight for the texter. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority.
  • We believe data science and technology make us faster and more accurate. See our Founder’s TED talk for more scoop on how we’re using this stuff. While we love data science and technology, we don’t think robots make great Crisis Counselors. Instead, we use this stuff to make us faster and more accurate–but every text is viewed by a human.
  • We believe in open collaboration. We share our learnings in newsletters, at conferences, on social media, on our blog, and at

Here’s how it works:  Oregon_FAQs (1)

Since it’s inception in August 0f 2013, the Crisis Text Line has received 82,348,191 messages about subjects ranging from self-harm, bullying, domestic abuse, suicide, to school issues, sadness, loneliness, and a host of others.  If you need someone to talk to, text a counselor at the Crisis Text Line.


Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter

The January 2019 issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter has arrived.  This issue features articles about Self-Control, and why teaching your children self-control is one of the most important things that parents can do for their children.  One of the articles in the newsletter discusses the three steps to teaching self-control:  Changing the situation, changing their thinking, changing their response.  There is also a fun game that can also help to emphasis the important lessons learned in this newsletter.

To download the English newsletter, please click here.

To download the Spanish newsletter, please click here.


One Caring Person Campaign

The Health Departments from Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties are working together on a campaign they call, “One Caring Person”. The campaign is hoping to improve a child’s opportunities to overcome trauma and ACEs by learning to cope with stress, practicing calming techniques, engaging kids in age-appropriate volunteer service to the community, making time for fun and activities that kids enjoy, building resilience, and increasing opportunities for kids to connect with caring adults.

Below are the flyers that the Health Departments and the IHN-CCO are distributing throughout the community.  Please take a look and see if this is something you might be interested in participating in.

To download an English flyer, please click here.

To download a Spanish flyer, please click here.

To download an Educator flyer, please click here.