Children’s Relief Nursery
Our commitment is to work with children in the first, most important years of life. Our mission is to keep children safe and families strong. Our vision is to end child abuse and neglect in our community.
The key to our success is on our emphasis on secure, safe, and stable parent-child relationships.
We provide a range of services that “wrap-around” the child and their family to reduce parental stress and social isolation. We’re teaching parenting skills, strengthening bonds between parents and their babies, providing targeted services, reducing child behavioral problems and improving social-emotional development in very young children.
We believe that by focusing on the social and emotional well-being of the youngest, most vulnerable children, we can strengthen families. We do this at a time when we can have the greatest impact on their lives, when children are infants through age four. Our children and their families get the help they need, when they need it, to overcome their difficulties and emerge stronger — as a family. Together, we are making children and families stronger.
Since the 2012 merger of the Children’s Relief Nursery with LifeWorks NW, clients have access to a host of additional services for all members of their family. Helping people by offering caring services is the core of LifeWorks NW – making life better for those we serve, and strengthening the whole community. LifeWorks NW has developed the most comprehensive array of integrated prevention, mental health and addiction services available, providing confidential, compassionate, effective support throughout the lifespan.
All CRN children and families have access to these wrap-around services, free of charge:
Clinicians assess families and collaborate with the client to create a Family Goals Plan.
• Mental health assessments
Clinicians provide family counseling and therapy, consult with classroom staff on child social/emotional health and development. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is a relationship-based therapeutic intervention which is specifically designed around the needs of very young children and focuses on the attachment between caregiver and child.
• Child-Parent Psychotherapy
• Infant and toddler mental health
Social service professionals and volunteers collaborate to create a safe environment where very young at-risk children can participate with peers in therapeutic activities that promote healthy development.
• Meeting developmental milestones
Family Connection (Parent Support)
Weekly mentoring groups teach parents the skills they need to have a positive, healthy relationship with their young children even during times of great stress.
• Stress management
• Peer support groups
Parents bring their infants to meet in small groups with other families to learn parenting skills and build better family relationships. The groups offer peer support and reduce social isolation.
• Understanding baby’s cues
• Secure parent-child relationships
Case managers regularly visit families in their homes to help them achieve identified family goals. These parenting professionals provide counseling, referrals to other agencies when appropriate, and ongoing support as families build healthier parent/child relationships.
• Safety checks
• Emotional support
• Referrals to other agencies
Traumatic Stress Expertise
Children who have suffered trauma receive special therapy and support through our program. We are a federally designated “0-3 Traumatic Stress Center” and collaborate locally and nationally with other organizations to develop best practices and evidence-based interventions for young children exposed to trauma.
• Trauma-related community trainings
• In-depth clinical child-parent psychotherapy training
Respite Childcare (for CRN enrolled families)
Parents who need time to take care of personal or family matters can place their young children in scheduled care for several hours a week.
Music Therapy (for CRN enrolled children)
Music classes that promote coping skills and healing by giving the child an outlet for emotional expression.
• Sensory activities encouraging development
Children’s Relief Nursery services available at:
St. Johns Site
8425 N Lombard Street
Portland, Oregon 97203
Mill Park Site
1245 SE 122nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97233