Keeping Children Safe and Building Strong Families

Prevention

Prevention programs support the healthy development of children, youth, families and communities. As a state leader in developing prevention programs, we focus on supporting positive parent, child and adolescent behaviors, and preventing negative ones.

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Sadly, every eight minutes across the state, there is a report of child abuse/neglect, according to the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries (OARN). Our Children's Relief Nurseries wrap around families at risk and give them support and skills to grow happy,
healthy children.

We build strong families.

Providing quality prevention services to children, youth and families for more than 20 years, we help clients reduce the probability of future problems such as teen pregnancy, child abuse, or early warning signs of addiction.

Our prevention services focus on:

  • Child abuse and neglect prevention
  • Healthy parenting
  • School success
  • Juvenile crime prevention
  • Life skills development
  • Substance abuse prevention
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Prevention Programs

Focused on youth transitioning out of the foster care system. Through weekly group sessions, youth are taught life skills to help transition out on their own. Each youth is assigned a case manager who works with them individually on their goals.

Availability: The Independent Living Program (ILP) works with youth ages 16-21 who are, or have been, in foster care and live in Washington or Clackamas Counties.

Requirements: Referrals must be made by DHS-Child Welfare.  

Contact: 503-627-9194 ext. 3724

The TTSD Care Coordination Team supports students and their families to assess behavioral health needs and connect to appropriate services. 

Availability: The program is available to enrolled TTSD students

Requirements: Referrals made at the request of a family member or a TTSD staff person. 

Contact: TBD

Aimed at assisting young people experiencing homelessness, exiting from the foster care system and/or residential treatment, and individuals who identify with the LGBTQ community.

STRIDE (Strengthening Tools to Recovery, Independence, Determination, and Empowerment) helps identify goals and connect to community resources to help overcome barriers and improve wellbeing. 

Availability: Provides outreach and engagement to individuals ages 14-24, regardless of insurance, income, or medical/treatment history. 

Service Locations: Services are community-based, Monday through Saturday, and offered in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. 

Contact: Referrals can be made by calling 503-619-9007 or email STRIDE@lifeworksnw.org.

Dedicated to eliminating childhood trauma, abuse and neglect by building stable and attached families with children birth to five years old—the Children's Relief Nursery model includes therapeutic classrooms; home visiting; respite services; and parenting classes. 

Early childhood mental health services, using child-parent psychotherapy, are also available. With locations in St. Johns in North Portland, Gladstone, and Hillsboro, we are open to families with children from birth to five years old, who are at high risk for abuse or neglect.

Contact Us About Services: 

Gladstone: 503-594-1772

Hillsboro-Main St.: 503-597-6089

St. Johns: 503-283-4776

Our Healthy Families Program promotes healthy childhood growth and development, supports positive parent-child relationships and helps families access community resources. 

This free and voluntary program is available to eligible Washington County parents prenatally, or at birth, through infancy and early childhood (0-3 years). Services are offered in-home (or other convenient meeting places), where trained staff provide extra support with day-to-day parenting challenges, information about child development, demonstrate fun and educational parent-child activities, answer questions about parenting concerns and assist to help develop a solid family plan.

Availability: Must be referred through Washington County Early Connections (503-726-0879). Click here to access Washington County's application form. 

For more information, contact: 

  • Beaverton: 503-627-9194 ext. 3935 
  • Hillsboro: 503-597-6089 ext. 4978 

These smaller parenting support groups provide parenting classes that include:

  • Active Parenting
  • Triple P
  • Make Parenting a Pleasure
  • Abriendo Puertas. 

Locations: Washington and Clackamas counties.

Contact us about services: 503-627-9194, ext. 3727.

This program for families with youth ages 10 -14 living in Washington or Clackamas counties includes highly interactive sessions that include role-playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects.

Parents and youth meet in separate groups for the first hour and together as families during the second hour to practice skills, play games and do family projects. Classes are offered in Spanish and in English and are presented over an eight to 10 week period with dinner and childcare provided.

Contact: 503-627-9194, ext. 3727.

This program supports Latino families in Washington County with children ages birth to 12 by helping parents strengthen parenting skills and/or connecting them to community resources.

Contact: Families can self-refer or partners can refer by calling 503-887-9149.

By providing access to community resources, coaching about child or household management or advocacy, this voluntary, short-term program offers home and community-based services to help families increase their ability to support their children's healthy development.

Requirements: Families need to be receiving a TANF grant to receive services.

Contact us for services: 503-645-9010. 

By providing access to community resources, coaching about child or household management or advocacy, this voluntary, short-term program offers home and community-based services to help families increase their ability to support their children's healthy development.

Contact us for services: 503-645-9010.

Prevention programs support the healthy development of children, youth, families and communities. As a state leader in developing prevention programs, we focus on supporting positive parent, child and adolescent behaviors, and preventing negative ones.

With an array of programs, offered in homes, in the community and in schools, we’re able to support healthy parenting, school success, early literacy, juvenile crime prevention, substance abuse prevention and healthy life skills development.

No. However, since many of our programs do not charge fees, we may still be able to help. Please contact us at 503-645-9010 to find out what programs are available to you.

 

Yes. Our staff speaks multiple languages and represent a multitude of races and heritages, reflective of the diverse communities we serve.

We value and strive to create an environment that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive for all. This is evidenced by our Safe Zone signs, which greet all that walk through our doors and message that no matter how you may identify as an individual, you are safe and welcomed.

Each staff person is also tasked with ongoing training to ensure that every individual is approached with cultural humility and cultural responsiveness.

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