Our mission is to champion the successful permanency of each child who comes to our door. We understand that each individuals unique history, culture and needs must be considered as they journey to stable, healthy homes.

Staff Spotlight: Hailey Bailey

Kinship House has programming partnership with Bridge Meadows, an intergenerational housing community that provides homes for elders and families who adopt foster children.  The program provides safe, stable communities and Kinship House provides mental health care for some of the children who live there.

This past year, they opened their newest location in Beaverton.  Hailey Bailey, is a child and family therapist at Kinship House who specializes in art therapy.  She provides the support at that location.  Recently, I asked her a few questions about her work with us. Meet Hailey!

1.) How many years have you been working for Kinship House?

I have been working with Kinship House for about a year and a half, and have been working in my role at Beaverton Bridge Meadows since the community opened in August 2017.

2.) What inspired you to get involved with Child and Family services/ non-profit?

As many people who work in the helping professions, my passion for this field came from my own life experiences as a child needing support, and as I discovered my career path I knew that I wanted to help children and their families feel supported, validated, and empowered. I am an art therapist by training and always wanted to work specifically with children and adolescents using art and play therapy. For children, play is their first language, and in many cases, the experiences of children in foster care have endured are beyond words. Art therapy, play therapy, and other expressive modes of therapy can help bridge this gap and help children find ways to share their stories in deep, authentic ways, all within a supportive and playful environment.

3.) Can you describe your role as a Kinship House therapist and what you do?

I work as a child and family therapist. I provide individual, family, and group therapy services to children and families in foster care, adoptive homes, guardianships, or who have otherwise experienced a lack of permanency in relation to being placed in foster care. I work with kids and their families in the therapy room using play therapy and art therapy with a focus on increasing healthy attachment, a sense of safety, and working toward processing and integrating the child’s life narrative (including trauma and reasons for being placed into care). I also provide support to families caring for foster children as well as consult with DHS caseworkers, wraparound service coordinators, teachers, and other members of the child’s support system.

4.) What does Partnering with Bridge Meadows look like? What are the unique opportunities with this partner?

My work with the Beaverton Bridge Meadows community allows me to support children, families, and elders living together in an intergenerational community. At Bridge Meadows, foster parents who plan to adopt children from foster care live alongside elders, ages 55 and older, who want to give back to their community. In this setting, elders can develop relationships with the families and help support not only the children and parents – by providing childcare, tutoring, facilitating group activities, or just connecting with the children in play – but also to support one another as elders. My role at Bridge Meadows is to help provide education about early trauma and its impacts on the developing brain as well as how we can best support the children in the community. I co-facilitate groups such as Wisdom Circle, where elders can meet and share their stories, Parent Circle, where parents can connect about their experiences of being parents, and particularly foster parents, as well as support one other, and other group activities such as an All Ages Art group. I also see children, families, and elders at Bridge Meadows individually for therapy services.

5.) Can you describe the environment and some of the fundamental features of the new Art Therapy space? What are some of the valuable new resources?

As a child and family therapist and an art therapist, it was important for the Bridge Meadows therapy space to be a container for many different needs and age groups – play therapy with very young toddlers, art therapy for all ages, a space that feels mature enough for teens to be comfortable in, as well as a space for parents and elders. The art therapy space has many elements: a variety of toys for all ages, games, and activities to help families connect, an assortment of art materials and a separate space for dedicated art therapy work, and a space for teens and adults to sit back and relax. We were able to manage to fit all of these elements into the space without it feeling too cramped or too full, which is hugely important for a space that needs to feel safe and comfortable. Many who have walked through the therapy space have commented on how serene and relaxing it feels, and how they feel a sudden urge to sit down at the art therapy table and start drawing. Perhaps the best part about the therapy space is that it is connected directly to the Bridge Meadows community building. The space was built so that therapy services can occur with privacy for families, but also so that the space can feel integrated into the community setting. My Bridge Meadows colleague, Hannah, is right next door to me in the community building and I can connect with her throughout the day. Overall, the space has been incredibly successful in its versatility while maintaining an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.

6.) Are there any developments or results you’re hoping to see in the future?

This summer we are looking forward to welcoming our second child and family therapist to the Bridge Meadows Beaverton space. This will allow us to further integrate our work with the community as well as provide more therapy services for families living in Washington County. As the community at Bridge Meadows nears its first anniversary, residents have begun settling into their roles and their lives in this community and with that we are excited for many more groups, fun events (we just had a Bridge Meadows community barbecue over the weekend!) and many more opportunities for families and elders to connect and share their stories.

7.) What do you think are the best ways that the supporters of Kinship House can contribute?

As we welcome our second therapist to the space, we are in need of additional materials to help fill the second therapy space. We have furniture, some art supplies, and toys in the space, but we could use a wider variety of art materials to allow more opportunities for creative expression in therapy in the second office. We deeply value any and all support from those who want to contribute to our mission at Kinship House and specifically at the Bridge Meadows space. One fantastic way to support our work would be to help spread the word! Bridge Meadows Beaverton has been graced with the support of some great resources in the community, including volunteers who provide childcare so that elders and families can connect, doing face-painting at community events, donating tickets to events for residents to attend together – and all of this has been made possible by the generous people surrounding us who care about the work we do. If you or someone you know might be a resource for supporting the Bridge Meadows families in ways such as these, we would love to know!

Thanks to the following donors who support our work at Bridge Meadows – Beaverton: Windermere, The Storms Family Foundation, and The Juan Young Trust. If you would like more information about our services, check out this page on our website or call 503-460-2796.

— Dennise M. Kowalczyk
Development & Communications Director

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Kinship House Appoints New Executive Director

Kinship House is pleased to announce that Natalie Wood has joined the non-profit as the new Executive Director to manage all aspects of the agency.

Ms. Wood has spent her career working with children, youth, and young adults involved with the foster care system. Her wealth of experience includes stewarding a philosophy of empowerment by building strong alliances to further the work of healthy living for young people.

“I am truly honored to join this incredible team. For more than 20 years, Kinship House’s professional staff has served some of our community’s most vulnerable and most resilient children and families through mission-aligned, unduplicated service. Having spent my career working in this field in multiple capacities, I can speak with confidence that the services provided through Kinship House are truly life-changing for those we serve. It is a privilege to continue this work and further build on the organization’s strong foundation as we move forward.” – Natalie Wood, Executive Director of Kinship House

Kinship House was founded in 1996 and provides outpatient mental health services to children and their families. We specialize in championing children and families with target interventions during all stages of foster care, reunification and adoption. In over twenty years of providing mental health services, we have served thousands of local children on their journey to the care only a permanent and healthy family can provide. With almost 3,000 children in foster care annually in Multnomah County alone, our services ensure that children and family have the support they need to navigate the process in the healthiest way possible.

 

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Donated Stock & Marketable Securities

Kinship House is forever grateful for all the generous support the community has bestowed upon us over the past 20+ years – thank you!

Another way to support Kinship House and it is so easy to do: make a gift of stock! A gift of appreciated stock allows you to make a larger contribution than a cash donation; it also helps you save on taxes.  If you have any questions or need additional help with your stock transfer, please contact Dennise M. Kowalczyk, Development & Communications Director at dennise.k@kinshiphouse.org or by calling 503-460-2796, ext. 205.

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Kinship House Hero: Aaron Taylor

Last year, Kinship House received a generous gift of $10,000 to use for our general operations.  It was a surprise donation from Aaron Taylor from Washington State who sent us the gift to support foster and adopted children with learning and healing.

Recently, I reached out to Aaron to find out more about who he is and why he made such a substantial gift to support our work in providing expert outpatient mental health care for foster and adopted children. He learned about us as a volunteer at our annual auction. I wanted to learn more about what inspired him and asked him to share some insights with us.

Meet…Aaron Taylor!

Can you share a little about who you are and your interests?

I am passionate about skateboarding, being in nature, parkour, indoor skydiving, learning new things, and connecting with people around the world through live stream video gaming. I am also a philanthropist because paying it forward is a priority in my life.

Why is the work that Kinship House is doing so important?

Kinship house does an incredible job at helping this and the next generation work through unimaginable trauma. My understanding is that Oregon has too many kids in the foster care system and Kinship House cares for about 500 of those kids each year who are dealing with a system that is struggling.

Why should others support Kinship House?

While I was volunteering at the auction I really learned about how many kids Kinship House impacts in such a positive way. This inspired me to want to help even more. Kinship House has a super high success rate. Everyone there is extremely invested in these kids lives, and you would be helping these children be able to create a better future.  I encourage everyone in the community to join me in supporting foster and adopted children in learning and growth to unlock their full potential.

We thank Aaron for his generosity and if you are interested in making either a cash or donated gift of stock, please call 503-460-2796, ext. 205 or send an email to dennise.k@kinshiphouse.org.  Please also consider adding Kinship House to your will and we are happy to share information about our planned giving opportunities.

— Dennise M. Kowalczyk
Development & Communications Director

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Community Partner: Rose City Mortgage

When Percy Wise and his partner moved to Portland from the Bay Area in the early 2000’s they didn’t come alone. They also brought their 5-year nephew, for whom they were recently serving as kinship guardians. Moving to Portland allowed the couple to help their nephew access a better quality of life and more affordable housing. As often occurs after the honeymoon phase of care, it soon became clear that their nephew needed more support, including outpatient mental health services.

Not knowing where to turn, the couple was relieved when they found out about the mental health services offered by Kinship House. Founded in 1996, Kinship House specializes in championing children and families with target interventions during all stages of foster care, reunification, and adoption. The services from Kinship House were invaluable in helping the family’s nephew understand what had happened in his birth family, adjust to his new family, and make crucial transitions both at home and at school.

Their nephew is now grown and Percy recently went to work for Rose City Mortgage where he helps people buy homes as a residential home loan officer. Rose City Mortgage was founded by Renee Spears with the belief that to truly be a member of a community the company must give back. As a result, in addition to volunteering, the company donates $100 to a non-profit organization each time a loan closes – and has given over $400,000 in donations to date. This means that when you take out a home loan with Rose City Mortgage you can specify that your donation go directly to Kinship House.

And, BTW, did you know that foster care payments count as qualifying income for a purposes of obtaining a mortgage to purchase a home or condo?

To get in touch with Rose City Mortgage go to rosecitymtg.com or call (503) 768-4248.

Percy Wise NMLS 1617693. Rose City Mortgage is a Division of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. PRMI NMLS 3094. Branch NMLS 1647580

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New Opportunities at Kinship House!

Kinship House is a non-profit that was founded in 1996 and provides outpatient mental health services to foster and adopted children and their families. We specialize in championing children and families with target interventions during all stages of foster care, reunification, and adoption. In over twenty years of providing mental health services, we have served thousands of local children on their journey to the care only a permanent and healthy family can provide. With almost 3,000 children in foster care annually in the Tri-county area, we support foster children as they find their forever home.  Our mission is to champion the successful permanency of each foster child who comes to our door. We understand that each individual’s unique history, culture, and needs must be considered as they journey to stable, healthy homes.

Kinship House is currently seeking to fill two positions:

  • A part-time Front Desk Administrator -Kinship House, an established small local non-profit agency serving foster and adoptive children and families, has an open Front Desk position. The position requires the performance of front desk office duties, assisting the administrative staff in the daily operations of the agency. The position requires a high level of detail, strong internal and external customer service and a self-directed willing to pitch in work style. Candidates will be experienced with Microsoft Office, have database entry and information retrieval skills and ideally previous experience in a healthcare/social service setting and electronic charting systems.

 

Click here for the full announcement.

  • A full-time Child & Family Therapist -Kinship House is seeking to fill a fulltime clinician position to provide assessment, child and family therapy with foster and adopted children and in support of the intergenerational community at our new Bridge Meadows Beaverton location.

 

Click here for the full announcement.

   

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Volunteer Spotlight: Cassie Diamond

Our board members dedicate hours of volunteer time to lead our organization. Cassie Diamond of Diamond Financial Partners joined the Kinship House board in August 2016. In her role as a board member, she serves as the chair of our Development Committee.

Cassie Diamond has spent the last four years developing her family’s retirement planning and investments business in Lake Owego, OR.  Prior to that, she worked for two years as the Executive Assistant and later the head of the commercial lines book of business for Hecht & Hecht insurance agency in Portland, Oregon. Through her work with Hecht & Hecht, she developed a relationship with Kinship House and became passionate about being more involved in our success in caring for foster and adopted children.

Cassie is a licensed Life & Health insurance agent licensed in OR, WA, and several other states. As well as, registered investment representative with a Series 6 & 63 and property/casualty license. She has a strong commitment to her clients and her continued education.

Cassie graduated with Honors from the University of Oregon in 2009 with a degree in Sociology and Business Administration.  She’s an avid Duck fan and loves participating in sporting events.  In her spare time, she loves to play on sporting teams and enjoys camping and the outdoors. Cassie is a proud Oregonian.

Thank you, Cassie!

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Welcome, Toye & Chantal!

Please join us in welcoming two new employees at Kinship House:  Toye S. Jones (office manager) and Chantal Hart MAS-MFT (clinician)!

A life-long resident of Portland, Toye graduated with a BS in Social Science from Portland State University and is certified by HRCI in Human Resource Management.

“While I may be a human resource professional with over a decade of experience in nonprofits, my true passion is about empowering our youth. Wherever I go I bring my commitment to equality and social justice with me.”

Chantal recently joined Kinship House as a Child and Family Therapist. She has over six years of experience working in child welfare and the mental health field. As a clinician, her expertise includes systems theory, trauma, attachment, and the birth to five population. She recently relocated from Surprise, Arizona to Vancouver, Washington.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at Kinship House!”

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Our New Art Therapy Space

Just a few months ago, Kinship House finished up renovations for our new art therapy space in one of our houses in northeast Portland.  The space will be used for sessions with our teen clients who will use quality art supplies to create works of art expressing their experiences in a therapeutic way.

We couldn’t have done the project without the generous support of the Boeing Employee Community Foundation who awarded Kinship House with a $5,000 gift for the remodel and RE/MAX Equity Group Foundation for a $1,000 gift to purchase art therapy tools for the space.

 

We also give a big shout out of thanks to Irving Restoration, our contractor who beautifully rebuilt the space making it a lovely area for our teens to do their therapeutic artwork. Mark and his whole team were fantastic in finishing the project in the way we envisioned it to be, working with us on all the details. We later worked with the company on some other repairs and improvements at our agency. They worked on a chronic leak in the basement and cleaned out our gutters. If you are planning some home improvements, visit their website to learn more about their services.

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Thanks to companies like these for supporting Kinship House in our work to provide mental healthcare for foster and adopted children!

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Opus Community Foundation

Kinship House thanks the Opus Community Foundation for its generous grant award of $5,000!

Opus Bank established the Opus Community Foundation on September 30, 2010. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for those that are less advantaged in our neighborhoods by providing financial support to nonprofit organizations like Kinship House that make a positive and meaningful impact in our communities

 

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