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.

Partner Spotlight: FedX Ground

Kinship House thrives on the engagement of community in our care of foster and adopted youth.  Individuals and businesses are core to our overall efforts in providing resources of support to our expert staff of mental healthcare providers and administrative staff.

In 2017, FedX Ground came in to do a group clean up of our facilities.  The following year, Ratha and her colleagues returned and volunteered at our annual Our Kin Mini Golf event, signed up for another group volunteering shift.  The company also served as a sponsor of our putt-putt golf event, as well as, our annual auction.

We are so thankful for both the individual and collective contribution made by FedX Ground – thank you!

If your company is interested in establishing a partnership with Kinship House, please call Dennise at 503-460-2796, ext. 205 or send an email to dennise.k@kinshiphouse.org.

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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Save the Dates – 2019

As we enter 2019, we are excited to share with you dates for upcoming events hosted by Kinship House!

Click on the links for all the details!  In the meantime, January 18 is Winnie the Pooh Day!

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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Be a Kinship House Hero: Host an event!

Every year, thousands of Portland-area children transition through foster care and adoption services. The process of fitting into a new home is emotionally straining on kids, who have a limited support network, and have endured physical or mental abuse, neglect, or trauma. Without the support and outlet that therapy provides, many of these children find it difficult to move out of social services and establish healthy relationships.  Medical billing only covers a portion of the care we provide foster and adopted children.  To fill that ‘funding gap’, we look to fundraising activities.

If you want to be a Kinship House Hero, host a third party event!

A third party event is an event or promotion that will benefit Kinship House. It is sponsored and coordinated by a person or organization who is a supporter of our efforts of helping foster children find their forever home as we provide them with life changing, outpatient mental health care.

Ideas include:

  • Hosting a dinner party at participating restaurants so Kinship House can receive a percentage of proceeds.
  • Asking your favorite place to eat or enjoy libations to host a Kinship House Night so our agency will receive proceeds and raise awareness about our expert care.
  • Hosting a drive for designated items that Kinship House would like to use in our therapy sessions or items we can share with the kiddos we serve.
  • Coordinate a garage sale with your neighbors and friends and donate proceeds to Kinship House.
  • Set up a Facebook birthday fundraising campaign and share out with all of your friends to donate to Kinship House in honor of your big day.
  • Ask your company to include a blurb about Kinship House and how to get involved in the organization’s e-newsletter.
  • Check in with your employer to see if they host a company engagement program for staff to volunteer at non-profits and if they offer a grant and/or sponsorship program. Also check in with your human resources contact to see if your company will match any donations you make!
  • Are you a traveler?  Ask your agent or other provider to donate a trip, frequent flyer miles and/or accommodations for our annual auction.
  • Ask your favorite store, gym, restaurant, or coffee shop if they will put a donation jar at the register for Kinship House for 30 days.
  • Ask your favorite yoga, dance studio, salon or local movie theater to host a ‘pay what you can’ session with proceeds to benefit Kinship House.
  • Your own idea – let us know!

This kind of community support raises awareness of what we do in the community and brings in new supporters non only in the broader community, but through your own circles of neighbors, friends and on social media.

In order to ensure that all rules and the likes are being followed, the following things need to be done:

1.      Contact Kinship House to review your idea with staff as all events must be approved prior to holding the event:  503.460.2796, ext. 205 or email dennise.k@kinshiphouse.org.

2.      Once we have a green light, we can help share out your plan on our social media and give you our logo to use. We may also be able to have a staff member attend the event.

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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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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