Therapy

All services for children and families at Kinship House are provided by one or more members of the Kinship House professional team. Our therapists, bringing professionalism and sensitivity to each unique client relationship, pool the collective strength of the entire clinical team to provide appropriate, innovative and responsive professional treatment.

Kinship House provides both short and long term services depending upon the needs of the family. To find out more or to enroll in any of these services, contact our Intake Coordinator at 503-460-2796 x106 or see more about our intake process here.

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Mental Health Assessments

Kinship House mental health assessments are conducted by a member of our clinical team to identify a child’s emotional and mental health needs. Clinicians integrate data received from other professional sources with information gathered through play, art or conversational sessions with the child. These assessments occur for all children receiving mental health services at Kinship House.

Individual Therapy for Children and Adults

Individual therapy is used with children and adults who require a person outside of their family to help them explore emotional challenges. Some school age children and teenagers, who are developmentally in a place of separation and individuation, often benefit from support. Personal, confidential sessions with a Kinship House professional clinician offer a child, teen or adult a chance to understand, adapt, modify and integrate new skills and tools to support them in their daily lives.

Family Therapy

Family therapy, involving appropriate biological, adoptive or foster family members is the treatment of choice for young children and children with attachment challenges. By learning from and sharing approaches with participating family members, our goal is to help the child integrate in a healthy way, and eventually improve behavior and emotional concerns while building a familial support network.

Sibling Group Therapy

Sibling group therapy is often helpful for siblings who are living together or in separate homes. Facilitated small group sessions enable children to talk about past trauma, loss, and hardships experienced together and to develop and reinforce positive future interactions. Our focus is to help children learn positive new sibling roles and develop healthier family relationships.

Prospective Adoptive Parents

Parents may seek to consult with a Kinship House clinician about the joys and struggles they may face when adopting a child. While many transitions progress smoothly, questions and challenges about adoptions may arise at any point. Sharing and learning through responsive and experienced counsel is encouraged.

Post-Adoptive Counseling for Families

Post-adoptive counseling is available for families who have adopted from the foster care system or through private adoptions, both domestic and international. Families may need additional support immediately after an adoption or many years later. Our clinicians provide counseling and support to adoptive families experiencing a wide variety of challenges.

Transition Planning and Support Services

Kinship House therapists provide consultation and support before, during, and after transitions as children move into permanent placements with biological, foster, and/or adoptive families. Transition planning and support services are tailored to each individual family’s needs and circumstances. If you have questions about whether Kinship House can provide a specific service, please contact us.

Medication Evaluation & Management

At times, some children benefit greatly from medication that targets specific behaviors, emotional disorders or physiological imbalances. Children and families can schedule a time to meet with our Medical Director as a part of their ongoing mental health treatment at Kinship House.

Kinship Therapists at Partner Agencies

Kinship House also has therapists located at two of our partner programs to support families and improve access to services: Bridge Meadows and the Letty Owings Center.

Bridge Meadows has the mission of developing and sustaining intergenerational communities for adoptive families of foster children that promote permanency, community and caring relationships, while offering safety and meaningful purpose in the daily lives of older adults. At the Letty Owens Center, mothers access treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism. They also begin learning essential life skills such as budgeting, meal planning, cooking, communication and most importantly, parenting. These two locations provide natural partnerships for Kinship House supporting children and families on their way to permanent, healthy, growing up homes.

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