Kinship House: Championing Foster Families

Kinship House

A stable, healthy home is of utmost importance in building supportive foster families.

The Kinship House helps to minimize transitions and increases the chances of children settling into a stable, healthy and permanent home. Their outpatient child and family services combine ongoing consultation, therapy and education. Kinship House provides treatment for children’s mental health issues and also helps families develop secure attachments. Having an attachment to caring adults  helps to stabilize a child’s mental health.

In the mid 1990s a group of mental health professionals observed a significant gap in the delivery of child welfare services and meeting the mental health needs of children in foster care. Kinship House provides a resource to families that serves as a model for the mental health and child welfare community.

Kinship House believes in championing children and families with target interventions during all stages of foster care, reunification and adoption. They are a full-service child mental health agency that maintains expertise in work with children and their biological, foster, and adoptive families.

In order to create a more comfortable environment for families and children, their offices are located in two neighboring houses. Kinship House is a place where children may relax, talk, play, and feel as though it’s their own space. The Houses are located  in a friendly Northeast Portland neighborhood, easily accessible by MAX, bus, bike or car. There is a play structure out back, a picnic table and inviting chairs for relaxing in the shade. Both buildings symbolize Kinship House’s approach to child-and family-friendly service.

If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of Foster children and their families visit here for information about how to volunteer.

This week Kinship House joined on our award-winning Community Voices series. The podcast, featuring interview sessions with members of the organization, are below.

Timothy Travis, Board Member

Tia Shows, Staff Member

Heather Jefferis, Executive Director

Melissa Smith-Hohnstein, Clinical Director & Therapist


Tim Billado

Tim Billado

Multimedia Major at Portland Community College. Student of broadcasting and lover of local music and art. Originally from Burlington, Vermont
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