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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sage Mattsson

Kinship House is blessed with the incredible volunteer support of community ranging from monthly clean-up of our facility to helping out at our events to providing much-need administrative support.

Sage Mattsson is one of the amazing community members who supported our front desk staff during her time as a volunteer at Kinship House this past summer:

I heard about Kinship house through Hands on Greater Portland while looking for a more long-term volunteer  opportunity since I had previously only done one-time assignments at other non-profits up to that point.

After the initial interview and tour of the house, I was sold on wanting to help out with the organization in any way I could. There aren’t much nobler missions like supporting the care of foster and adoption kids!

I worked on all kinds of assignments while volunteering there, from filing, to cleaning, to preparing snacks, to managing booths at events – there was a little bit of everything to do. I had such a great time!

My favorite childhood memory is probably Thanksgivings at the beach where my Dad, Grandpa, and uncle used to own a fishing boat! Everyone would come and we’d all stay in the same house – cramped but lovely. My favorite thing to do in Oregon is probably hiking! There are so many beautiful trails and I really think Oregon might be one of the most stunning natural places in the world.

I’m currently studying animation at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach California! I’m hoping to be able to move back to Portland once I graduate as there’s really nowhere like it. For now, I’d really just like to keep my grades up and find another good place to volunteer close to school (though it is a bit harder without the amazing Hands-On people being down here)! I really do miss Portland and Kinship House though, as I said, I’m really hoping to be able to come in when I can during breaks!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Kinship House, check out this page, send an email to info@kinshiphouse.org or call us at 503-460-2796!

 

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Elizabeth Andrew

Kinship House was started in 1996 as an outpatient mental healthcare provider for foster and adopted children in the Portland area.  We 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 forever home. Stay in the know by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter!

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Our Services: Assessments

At Kinship House, we address the missing piece in services provided to most children touched by foster care and adoption. In addition to significant mental health concerns, these children have been traumatized by a necessary but difficult system. They need to explore the circumstances of their past to prepare for a successful future.

Kinship House provides unique specialized assessments for parent-child interaction, sibling assessment, and to assess individual needs:

Child Welfare Assessments
Kinship House provides specialized assessments to support children involved in the child welfare system.

Sibling Assessments
Determine if it is in the best interest of siblings to be placed together in a permanent home, taking into account their developmental and emotional needs, their attachment patterns, and sibling group dynamics.

Parent-Child Interaction Assessments
Assess a child’s attachment to a caregiver, the appropriateness of the parenting style and whether it meets the developmental and emotional needs of a child, and make recommendations regarding the child’s permanency needs.

Permanency and Needs Assessments
Assess a child’s developmental and emotional functioning in relation to their permanency needs and provide recommendations for successful placement in a variety of settings, including with biological, foster, or adoptive parents.

Parental Assessments
Assess a caregiver’s parenting skills, their capacity to parent adequately on a long term basis, and their motivation to care for a child, and provide recommendations for supportive services as needed.

Please call 503-460-2796 to speak to our Intake Coordinator to learn more about these services.

Kinship House was started in 1996 as an outpatient mental healthcare provider for foster and adopted children in the Portland area.  We 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 forever home. Stay in the know by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter!

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Multnomah County Resources for LGBTQ Youth & Allies

Here in Portland, we are fortunate to have many organizations who create safe spaces for LGBTQ youth and their families, as well as provide learning resources, support groups, and databases for those seeking LGBTQ-friendly providers of all kinds. Nationally, many communities are creating much-needed resources. Learn about one youth perspective here.

Here is a list of several of these organizations who are doing important work in Portland:

  • PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a nationwide organization with three chapters in the Portland area (located in SW, east Multnomah County/Gresham, and Beaverton).  PFLAG offers a variety of opportunities for peer support, including in-person support circles and a helpline staffed by LGBTQ volunteers. Additionally, PFLAG’s website has an excellent database of content about the continuum of gender and sexuality, as well as additional resources and provider links.  Youth and loved ones will find no shortage of information about gender identity, sexuality, how to be an ally, and how to understand non-gender conforming identities in the context of faith and spirituality.

Contact: info@pflagpdx.org
503-232-7676
PO Box 6743 Portland, OR 97228-6743

  • Q Center is the largest LGBTQ community center in the Pacific Northwest, and serves as a hub for LGBTQ individuals, families, and allies seeking to make connections with resources all over the state.  Q Center hosts many peer-based support groups for individuals who identify as transgender, genderqueer, intersexed, and more. Groups meet both monthly and weekly, and activities include peer-based support for coming out, recovery, resource sharing, social connection, & organizing for social change.  Many of these groups allow a “+1” for allies who might be interested in participating.  Also be sure to check out Q Center on Facebook, where they post local LGBTQ events and happenings!  https://www.facebook.com/pg/PDXQCenter/events/ . Q Center is always looking for volunteers, which is an awesome way to find out more about their work!  Volunteer opportunities range from outreach, to admin, to hands-on upkeep of the center itself. Find out more here: http://www.pdxqcenter.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Contact: Info@PDXQCenter.org
(503) 234-7837
4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227

 

 

 

Contact: info@basicrights.org
503-222-6151
620 SW 5th Ave. Suite 1210 Portland, OR 97204

  • Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) creates numerous opportunities for LGBTQ youth to engage with peers — a supervised, safe space that invites youth to come together for art, music, open mic nights, and drag shows, among other things!  The center is also a hub for those seeking counseling, support groups, and/or employment and housing opportunities.  Additionally, SMYRC’s Bridge 13 community education program provides an interactive curriculum covering topics like sexual orientation, sexual identity, and gender expression, targeted for youth and youth service providers.  Check out their website for more information and to sign up for a training!

Contact: smyrcinfo@newavenues.org
503.872.9664
1220 SW Columbia, Portland OR 97201

 

 

UPDATE

Some additional resources for college-bound people:

www.bestcolleges.com/resources/lgbtq-student-guide/

www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/lgbtq-scholarships/

 

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2018 Holiday Gift Drive

Each year, Kinship House offers free gifts for foster parents and other caregivers to access in order to pick up some new toys for the kiddos we care for at our agency.

We rely on the generosity of businesses, churches, community groups, and community members to help ‘stock the shop’ with all kinds of goodies.

If you are interested in donating items to our holiday gift drive, please call 503-460-2796 or email Dennise to learn more!

Here are some ideas of items to donate:

  • For the younger kids, Legos and any toys that are character based on what movies are currently popular, etc.
  • Things for teens are always good as they are often overlooked since they don’t play with toys.  An example of a good gift would be gift cards from Target.
  • Another option is to donate cash designated for gift purchases – we can consult with our therapists to find out more about client wishes and then go shop for those items.

Happy Holidays!

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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 toye.j@kinshiphouse.org.

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

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Job Opportunity: Child & Family Therapist – Beaverton

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.

Supplemental Questions

  • 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.

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:

 

  • 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, a 100% employer-funded life and disability plan, 80% (employee only) employer-funded medical and dental coverage, an employee-funded with up to 3% employer match IRA retirement option and employee-funded Aflac policy options.

 

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.

 

Instructions

Submit answers to supplemental questions with cover letter and resume to Toye.j@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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