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.

Job Opportunity: Child & Family Therapist – SW Portland

Child & Family Therapist – Boys & Girls Aid                    

Time Commitment: 32 hours per week

Reports to: Clinical Supervisor
Salary: $20 hourly/ $33,280 annually (.80)

This position is co-located at Boys & Girls Aid (9320 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 200, Portland, OR 97219) working in partnership with the Adoption Services Team.

Early evening hours are often necessary for meeting with families.

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.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

Therapy:

  • 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

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in a State of Oregon QMHP eligible field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years of clinical experience.
  • Experience working with children and families involved in the Child Welfare system.
  • Knowledge of and experience with family court and adoption

Demonstrated understanding of:

  • Health care laws and regulations, including HIPAA
  • Principles and practices of information privacy laws, access, and release of information
  • Knowledge of procedures and work flows in a community mental health organization

Demonstrated ability/willingness to:

  • Perform clinical services including assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing treatment.
  • Manage a caseload of 30 clients at a minimum (for a 40 hours per week position).

Benefits: 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.

 PLEASE ANSWER QUESTIONS BELOW-

Supplemental Questions: Submit answers with Cover Letter & Resume

  1. Please describe how you conduct a clinical trauma assessment with school age children aged 5-11.
  2. Please describe how you conduct a clinical trauma assessment with youth age 12-18.

– Kinship House is dedicated to a diverse workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected status in accordance with the law.

– Please submit cover letter, resume, and answers to supplemental questions to: Toye Jones, Office Manager at toyej@kinshiphouse.org.

– Position is open until filled. Full job description here.

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Job Opportunity: Child & Family Therapist – Beaverton

Child & Family Therapist – Bridge Meadows Beaverton     

Reports to: Clinical Supervisor

Time Commitment: 40 hours per week
Salary: $20 hourly/$41,600 annually

This position is co-located at Bridge Meadows Beaverton (5995 SW Menlo Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005) working in partnership with the Community Support Specialists.

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.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

Therapy:

  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in a State of Oregon QMHP eligible field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual, Spanish
  • Three years of clinical experience.
  • Experience working with children and families involved in the Child Welfare system.
  • Knowledge of and experience with family court and adoption. 

Demonstrated understanding of:

  • Health care laws and regulations, including HIPAA
  • Principles and practices of information privacy laws, access, and release of information.

Benefits: Kinship House has a strong benefits package including paid time off (PTO), 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.

Supplemental Questions: 

  1. Please describe how you conduct a clinical trauma assessment with school age children aged 5-11.
  2. Please describe how you conduct a clinical trauma assessment with youth age 12-18.

– Kinship House is dedicated to a diverse workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected status in accordance with the law.

– Please submit cover letter, resume, and answers to supplemental questions to: Toye Jones, Office Manager at toyej@kinshiphouse.org.

– Position is open until filled. Full job description here.

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Welcome to Kinship House, Amalia!

Amalia Labis, MA LMFT Intern recently joined our agency as one of our clinicians. Amalia lives in Portland with her husband of 13 years and their two daughters. Inspired by her own life experiences, her passion is working with young children with special needs and their parents.  When not studying or offering therapy services, you will find her hiking one of the many trails in urban parks in Portland, taking day trips with her family, or reading.

Please join us in welcoming Amalia to Kinship House!

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November – Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.

The first major effort to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system came in 1976, when Massachusetts governor Mike Dukakis initiated Adoption Week, an idea that grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation.

President Gerald Ford later made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events celebrating and promoting adoption.

During National Adoption Awareness Month, let’s renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care.

Kinship House was started in 1996 with a focus on early intervention and long-term successful outcomes for foster children in search of their forever home.  We are an outpatient mental healthcare provider for foster and adopted children in the Portland metro area.  We use a variety of expert, therapeutic approaches in care.  Our mission is to champion the successful permanency of each child we care for as we strive to understand their unique stories and needs as they journey to a stable and healthy home.  If you would like more information about how we can possibly assist your family in transition support of an adoption, call us at 503-460-2796.

Learn more about National Adoption Awareness Month here!

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Kinship House Welcomes Sandra Wilborn!

Kinship House is pleased to announce that Sandra Wilborn of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has joined our board of directors.

Sandra is the Senior Direct of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and has been with the agency for almost twelve years.  She began her work with the organization in direct services as a Program Manager for a residential treatment facility. One of her passions is mentoring emerging leaders while providing leadership staff with resources to pursue innovative techniques for the services they provide. The focus of her current role is one of a champion for a more inclusive and equitable workplace.

“We are excited that Sandra has joined our board leadership,” said executive director, Natalie Wood.  “Her experience in mental health care and leadership in providing more inclusive workplaces will be excellent contributions to our agency.”

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

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Donating an IRA to Kinship House

When you name Kinship House as a beneficiary to receive your IRA or other retirement assets upon your death, rather than donating retirement assets during your lifetime, the benefits multiply:

  • Neither you and your heirs nor your estate will pay income taxes on the distribution of the assets.
  • Your estate will need to include the value of the assets as part of the gross estate but will receive a tax deduction for the charitable contribution, which can be used to offset the estate taxes.
  • Because charities do not pay income tax, the full amount of your retirement account will directly benefit the charity of your choice.
  • It’s possible to divide your retirement assets between charities and heirs according to any percentages you choose.
  • You have the opportunity to support a cause you care about as part of your legacy.

How to designate a charity as the beneficiary of an IRA or 401(k)

When you’re ready, making Kinship House the beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement assets is typically straightforward: Fill out a designated beneficiary form through your employer or your plan administrator. Most banks and financial services firms also have beneficiary forms, or they can provide you with suggested language for naming beneficiaries to these accounts. Once the designated beneficiary forms are in place, the retirement assets will generally pass directly to your beneficiaries (including charities) without going through probate.

If you are married, ask the plan administrator whether your spouse is required to consent. If required but not done, this could result in a disqualification of the charity as your beneficiary.

Be clear about your wishes with your spouse, lawyer, and any financial advisors, giving a copy of the completed beneficiary forms as necessary.

TIP: If your goal is to support charity as part of your legacy while also leaving assets to family members, it may be more tax efficient to leave cash and appreciated assets to heirs, while making charities the beneficiaries of retirement assets upon your death.

If you require any additional information, please contact us by calling 503-460-2796, ext. 205.

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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!

Make a bigger impact by donating long-term appreciated securities, including stock, bonds, and mutual funds, directly to Kinship House. Compared with donating cash, or selling your appreciated securities and contributing the after-tax proceeds, you may be able to automatically increase your gift and your tax deduction.

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, speak with your financial planner of 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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