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.

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.



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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Job Posting: Executive Director

Title: Executive Director                              Department:   Administration

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Reports to Executive Committee, Board of Directors

Kinship House is a local nonprofit serving foster, adoptive and reunifying children and families. There is a total of twenty-five staff operating within a two million dollar budget serving 500 children annually. Our mission is to provide outpatient child and family therapy focused on preparing foster and adoptive children for permanency and supporting stable foster placements thereby impacting the cycle of family trauma and state intervention.

The Executive Director must excel as an experienced, self-starting leader of high integrity with a strong passion for the mission and those it serves. The Executive Director must be a leader who has demonstrated persistence and the ability to be creative, curious, an effective problem solver, a stellar listener, communicator, collaborator, and an approachable team player. The successful Director will have an excellent financial acumen, be a decisive strategist with diverse interests, an affable and patient personality that is excellent at building working relationships and who personifies the image and culture of Kinship House.  The Executive Director is not a voting member of the Board of Directors.

General Position Summary:

The Kinship House Executive Director serves as the face of the organization and as its administrator/leader performing multiple tasks and strategic and operational oversite to a range of functions. As the organization’s face, he or she is expected to have the ability to fulfill, or have the expertise to understand when to seek outside support for duties including: oversight of budgets, financial and facilities operations, building and maintaining community, collaborating, Board and funder relationships and facilitating the organization’s vision and strategic goals. As the key administrator/leader, the Executive Director must possess clinical understanding of high risk populations, the ability to develop and foster effective teams, the ability to strategize and plan ahead, the ability to handle complex negotiations, the ability to adapt and handle change successfully and the capability to be a persuasive fundraiser and public speaker, ensuring a positive reputation for the organization.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  1. Program Planning, Program Development, and Program Evaluation

It is the Executive Director’s responsibility to plan and develop programs as approved by the Board of Directors.  The main planning, development, and evaluation functions include:

  1. Lead the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and its goals and objectives.
  2. Maintain timely and open communications with the Board of Directors including monthly and quarterly updates on progress against goals.
  3. Perform the development and submission of
  4. Monitor contracts to ensure deliverables and outcomes are achieved.
  5. Develop and maintain connections with and among non-profit peers and government partners to work collectively toward common goals, promote common interests, and resolve issues and problems.
  6. Develop and maintain relations with agencies and organizations to exchange information, collaborate toward common goals, coordinate activities and services, and resolve issues or concerns.
  7. Represent Kinship House as directed by the Board of Directors.
  8. Ensure appropriate documentation and communication of critical organizational policies and procedures related to key programs.

    2. Fiscal Management

The Executive Director shall assist, advise, and act for the Board of Directors in the following:

  1. Develop an annual budget for review and approval by the Board.
  2. Ensure that expenditures are within the budgeted amounts.
  3. Ensure fiscal policies are updated and implemented in a timely manner
  4. Authorize purchase orders, vouchers, and payments within parameters set by the Board of Directors and stated within organizational policies and procedures.
  5. Prepare budget revisions as needed through the year and submit for approval by the Board.
  6. Maintain an inventory of the organization’s property and protect all such property.
  7. Administer contracts and other agreements as approved by the Board.

    3. Fundraising

    1. Oversee fundraising operations and support development staff as needed.
    2.Make presentations to grantors, sponsors, stakeholders, organizations, and agencies, to promote and sustain support for Kinship House goals and objectives.

    4. Organizational Culture

The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring the following organizational and cultural standards are met:

  1. Establish and maintain a welcoming and supportive environment that promotes mutual respect, a high level of trust, enhances staff and volunteer productivity, and supports collaboration, teamwork, and accountability.
  2. Communicate organizational mission, vision and values to staff.
  3. Provide staff supervision, support, and guidance, individually or in groups, in a strength-based manner that respects the dignity of each person.
  4. Ensure timely communication to staff.
  5. Articulate work expectations and outcomes clearly to staff, including but not limited to priorities, plans, procedures, schedules and final services and/or products.

    5. Human Resources

The Executive Director is authorized to transact all human resources actions and to report such actions to the Board.  The Executive Director is responsible for:

  1. Recruitment, hiring, staffing, onboarding, and supervision of staff.
  2. Guidance and counseling of staff as needed
  3. Professional development opportunities for staff
  4. Consistent evaluation of work performance to ensure that satisfactory and above performance is recognized and that any needed counseling and/or guidance is provided in an appropriate and timely manner.
  5. Promotion, demotion, disciplinary action, and exit interviews as directed by the Board of Directors in compliance with applicable policies, regulations, and laws. All key personnel actions shall be reported to the Board.
  6. Recommendations regarding job descriptions and personnel actions submitted as needed for Board consideration.
  7. Compliance with all local, state, and federal employment and equal opportunity laws and regulations.
  8. Ensure that staff has an understanding of the diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic communities that Kinship House serves and partners with.

 6. Reports

The Executive Director is responsible for all reports required by funding sources or the Board of Directors.  Such reports include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Monthly Executive Director’s Report for the Board
  2. Monthly dashboard reports of activities
  3. Retain minutes of all Board meetings

Secondary Functions:

  1. Confidential Records and Files

The responsibility for keeping accurate and complete records as prescribed by law [e.g. for taxes], funding agencies, and bylaws rests with the Executive Director.  All records, reports, and other materials relating to personnel shall be kept in confidential files under the direction of the Executive Director.

The following shall be kept and made available to authorized individuals or agencies:

  1. Records associated with tax reporting requirements.
  2. Specific records as may be required by funding agencies.
  3. Personnel files, including employee files, timesheets, performance evaluations, salary schedules, and job classifications.
  4. Petty cash records, telephone and travel logs, and other information related to reimbursed expenses.
  5. Continual documentation of progress, expansion, revisions, alterations, deletions, and outcomes of projects and activities as required by funding agencies.
  6. Continual documentation of organizational progress, activities, achievements, board membership, and other records as may contribute to the historical record of the organization.   
  1. Other Duties as Assigned

The Executive Director shall perform other duties as prescribed by the Kinship House Board of Directors.

Job Scope:

The job involves recurring work situations of a moderate to high degree of complexity with occasional variations from the norm.  Work requires significant creativity and innovation when interacting with internal and external staff, organizations, partners, Board Members, and volunteers.   Decisions are guided by organizational guidelines, state, federal and local laws.  Maintains highly confidential and sensitive information; responsible for ensuring the safeguarding of such information/files.  The incumbent is accountable for budget preparation and has high control over capital assets/programs.  The incumbent is accountable for long-range operational and strategic planning as well as supporting the organizational goals.  Errors in performing job duties can have a significantly negative impact on direct reports, the organization’s reputation, and those that Kinship House directly serves.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Reports to Executive Committee, Board of Directors
  • Directly supervises Clinical Director, Medical Director, Billing and Administrative Staff and is responsible for the monitoring of all staff

Specific Job Skills:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge, experiences, and abilities to work with the children and families served by Kinship House.
  2. Demonstrated ability to establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with public and private institutions, organizations, and agencies in the broader community and government.
  3. Experience working collaboratively and effectively with a board of directors.
  4. Demonstrates knowledge and experience in applying Oregon Administrative Rules and Federal regulations for Medicaid populations.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with HIPPA and private insurance contracts.
  6. Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills, one-to-one and with groups; strong presentation skills that reach across styles and differences.
  7. Evidence of successful program development and implementation experience utilizing teamwork and collaboration.
  8. Evidence of highly effective staff supervision and the ability to lead, coach and sustain a high-performing team.
  9. Evidence of successful use of program management and time management skills.
  10. Evidence of sound fiscal management skills and business acumen.
  11. Demonstrated ability to use effective problem solving and decision-making skills.
  12. Evidence of strong analytical skills.
  13. Evidence of effective computer skills.
  14. Demonstrated ability to raise the visibility of the organization through successful marketing and fundraising including expansion of the membership base.
  15. Demonstrated success at fund development, including knowledge of and success in attracting foundation and corporate grants; ability to identify, steward and solicit individual donors.
  16. Demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Kinship House.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in non-profit management, business administration, social work, public health, mental health or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience leading non-profit organizations, including experience reporting to a Board of Directors.
  • At least 5 years of successful work experience managing and supervising employees.
  • Experience with HIPPA and private insurance contracting preferred.

Job Conditions:

Work is normally performed during the day in an office setting.  Work involves some travel via automobile, frequent interruptions, extensive computer work, and extended hours occasionally. Some lifting and other light physical activities.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
Send the following to Bekka Zander at bekka.z@kinshiphouse.org

– Cover Letter
– Resume

Kinship House is located in two home-like facilities in inner NE Portland near Lloyd Center, NE Broadway, Interstates and Irvington Community. For more information on Kinship House please visit www.kinshiphouse.org.



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Job Posting: Office Manager

Office Manager                                                                                        

Reports To:                 Executive Director

Supervises:                 Front Desk Admin/Volunteers

Time Commitment:    40 hours per week (Full-time)

Compensation:           DOE

Kinship House, an established small local non-profit agency serving foster and adoptive children and families, has an open Office Manager position. The position requires the performance of managing 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, HR and Accounting systems, and will have database entry and information retrieval skills. The position must have strong relational skills, computer skills including email and word, understand and agree to confidential operations of mental health agency including federal HIPPA and 42CFR, skilled phone, written and verbal communication. Kinship House is a small growing agency the candidate should be flexible, innovative and enjoy working in a team environment, with hired, intern and volunteer staff.  This position is under the direct supervision of the Executive Director. The position has a high level of responsibility; work has a direct effect on the overall functioning of the agency.

Human Resource Management

  • Educate and advise employees on group health plans, voluntary benefits, and retirement plans.
  • Develop and maintain company personnel policies, standard operating procedures and employee handbooks.
  • Develop and facilitate all new-hire orientations.
  • Conduct employment verifications and investigations.
  • Perform exit and interview program process.
  • Manage all aspects of leave administration, including employee notifications and vendor management, disability programs and health benefits.
  • Manage and update job descriptions within all departments.
  • Offer fair and equitable compensation by comparing current salaries with market pay.
  • Create and manage confidential personnel records.
  • Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Conduct new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives.


  • Create and maintain expense reports, budgets and filing systems.
  • Research, propose and implement vendor services to decrease costs to the organization.
  • Run bi-weekly payroll process.
  • Process accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Enter financial data into the company accounting database to be verified and reconciled.
  • Process bank reconciliations and financial reports to verify practice of proper due diligence.
  • Reconcile all bank and credit card accounts.
  • Prepare other reports.
  • Process payroll, electronic deposits, and employee pay adjustments.
  • Process journal entries, online transfers and payments.
  • Develop monthly, quarterly and annual profit and loss statements and balance sheets.

Executive Support

  • Schedule Board of Directors meetings and assist with meeting materials, agendas and note taking.
  • Maintain discretion and confidentiality in relationships with all board members.
  • Serve as the company representative at conferences to promote company objectives.
  • Manage a wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Duties and special projects as assigned by Executive Director. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least three years related work experience. A minimum of five years preferred.
  • Ability to focus on tasks and juggle related, multiple office challenges.
  • Pleasant and effective communicator with strong external and internal customer service skills. Preferred experience in non-profit.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.

Benefits:  Excellent benefits include generous PTO, 7 paid holidays; partial-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance, retirement plan with employer match, and employer-paid life and disability insurance. The position is eligible for full-time benefits as a 40 hour FTE.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
Send the following to Bekka Zander at bekka.z@kinshiphouse.org

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Kinship House is located in two home-like facilities in inner NE Portland near Lloyd Center, NE Broadway, Interstates and Irvington Community.  For more information on Kinship House please visit www.kinshiphouse.org.

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Job Posting: Child & Family Therapist

Child & Family Therapist                                                                                                      

Reports To: Clinical Supervisor
Compensation: DOE
Time Commitment: Full-time (32 hours per week)

Kinship House is seeking a clinician to provide assessment, child and family therapy with foster children at our Letty Owings site and our out-patient clients. Kinship House is a regional non-profit outpatient mental health provider addressing the mental health needs of the most vulnerable children in our local child welfare system, assisting successful transitions to permanency. Kinship House helps children in crisis grow into permanent, stable and safe biological or adoptive families.

The work requires experience and willingness to support children as they journey through the complex systems in which they live. Kinship House places a high priority on clinical expertise and experience working with the partners who touch the lives of the children we serve including DHS caseworkers, CASA, school teachers, daycare providers, foster parents, birth parents, lawyers, the court and adoptive parents. The position should expect as part of the work to be called on to collaborate with and appear before the court and other child welfare processes and partners to support the best interest of the child. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience of training and practical work with attachment, trauma, child development, and systems theory. It is preferred that the candidate have practical experience and training with play, art and experiential therapies and children with FAE/FAS diagnosis. This position reports to assigned Clinical Supervisor.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:


  • Complete written mental health assessment & differential diagnosis for each child assigned to you.
  • Provide individualized written treatment plans and mental health therapy.
  • Provide family therapy with foster, adoptive and birth families as needed to benefit each child.
  • Provide specialized family therapy for sibling groups placed in separate homes.
  • Provide group therapy as needed and available.
  • Consult with birth parents or other family members to assist them in supporting each child’s placement, and to help facilitate ongoing relationships whenever possible.
  • Provide ongoing support & consultations with adoptive families at all phases of the adoption process.
  • Provide education and advocacy in all partnering systems for clients.
  • Provide expert testimony on behalf of children in the court system.
  • Attend all staff meeting and clinical supervision meetings.
  • Abide by Grievance Procedures as delineated in Kinship House personnel policy.
  • Provide Kinship House with a resume and proof of licensure if applicable.
  • Attend outside agency training as assigned.
  • Other clinical jobs as needed.


  • A Master’s degree in a State of Oregon QMHP eligible field and three years clinical experience.
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred.
  • Clinical Licensure preferred.
  • The desire to work as part of a team and willingness to promote the principles and views of Kinship House.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work well with people from all backgrounds with varying degrees of experience.

Experience and demonstrated understanding of;

  • Confident public speaking and able to express ideas verbally and in writing.
  • Healthcare laws and regulations, including HIPAA
  • Principles and practices of information privacy laws, access, and release of information
  • Knowledge of procedures and workflows in a community mental health organization
  • Knowledge and systems understanding of foster-care, adoption, reunification and other child welfare and related court practices.
  • Maintaining and directing the maintenance of accurate records and files
  • Must be able to work well under pressure
  • Must be able to ensure through practice and improvement an ever-evolving equity-based work environment
  • Requires strict adherence to HIPAA standards in the office workspace to ensure confidentiality

OTHER SKILLS: Must demonstrate the ability to perform clinical services including assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing treatment. Must have experience working with children and families involved in the Child Welfare system. Must have experience in developing and actively creating an equity-based and inclusive workplace. Knowledge and experience around the court, adoption is preferred.  Intermediate computer skills required as well as proficiency with Microsoft Word.


Kinship House has a strong benefits package including paid time off, employer-funded life and disability plan, a partial employer-funded health, and dental coverage, an employee-funded with employer match IRA retirement option and employee funded Aflac policy options.

To Apply:  Please email Resume, Cover Letter, and Answers to the following questions to Bekka Zander at bekka.z@kinshiphouse.org:


  • Please describe how you conduct a clinical trauma assessment with school-age children aged 5-11.
  • Please describe how you conduct a clinical trauma assessment with youth age 12-18.
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Duck Pond Cellars – Give & Taste 2018

Kinship House is pleased to announce to be one of the designated community partners for the 2018 Give & Taste program presented by Duck Pond Cellars!

Twice a year, Duck Pond partners with up to three nonprofits for a six-month period as part of their Give & Taste Program. Every month, their tasting room features a special wine only available for tasting as part of our Give & Taste Program. Guests may pay a nominal fee to taste the wine, and the entire tasting fee is donated to the nonprofit of their choice from their current Give & Taste partners.

Kinship House will be a Give & Taste partner from January 1 through June 30 in 2018 during their 25th Anniversary year.  As you explore Oregon’s fantastic vineyards, be sure to stop by their tasting room in Dundee and check out this special opportunity to enjoy excellent wine and support Kinship House! For hours, see their website for more information!

Kinship House will be there on May 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Be sure to stop by to say “hello!” if you can join us and we would be happy to tell you more about our work in caring for foster and adopted children!

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