what we do

The relief nursery model features three integrated components designed to stabilize families with children ages 0-5: the specialized classroom, parent education and home visitation.

Information on free emergency diapers & children/maternity clothing is listed below.

Temporary out-of-home placement/respite care is available through the Safe Families for Children model.

Click here for information on how to connect with any of these programs.

Specialized Early Childhood Classrooms

The therapeutic early childhood program provides healing and other experiences and relationships for young children. Classes are currently available for 6 weeks to four year olds. The teacher assumes roles of both classroom teacher and family support home visitor, allowing s/he to establish a supportive relationship with the entire family and consistency for the child in all environments. Child therapists and special education consultants work with the children, teachers and parents. Transportation and two meals are provided as part of a child’s classroom experience.

Parent Education & Support

The following classes are offered year-around in both English & Spanish:

  • Mothers and Babies (focused on recognizing and coping with postpartum depression)
  • Making Parenting a Pleasure
  • Parenting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Current schedule of upcoming courses.

Food and childcare are provided for all groups.

 

Home Visits

Stressing the importance of working with families and children in their home environment, the Relief Nursery model incorporates home visits into all program elements. Teachers, counselors, and alcohol and drug peer support workers provide services in the home either individually or as a team. Depending on professional assessment and family needs, they focus on problem solving and referrals, parent support and parent-child relationships, recovery issues and child safety.

 

Basic Needs Assistance

Assistance with basic parenting-related needs is provided, with the focus being on problem solving and self-sufficiency. A Family Place depends on community donations to maintain their basic needs assistance programs.

McMinnville location: 125 SE Cowls St/Open Thursdays from 10am-Noon

Newberg location: 1714 Villa Rd/Open Thursdays from 10am-Noon

Sheridan location: Sheridan School District’s Jefferson Street Special Programs Building (behind tennis courts)/Open Wednesday from 1pm-3pm

Diaper Bank – Families can receive up to a three-day supply of diapers once a month when supplies are available. Call 503-472-4020 for more information.

Clothing Closet – New & gently used children’s and maternity clothing.

 

Temporary Out-of-Home Placement/Respite Care

Families facing severe issues may need to place their children temporarily outside of their home, so they can focus on stabilizing their life. Through the Safe Families for Children program we can help place children in safe, loving homes where parents can maintain contact with their children.

Screening, assessment and service in these areas are embedded in the therapeutic early childhood program and other Relief Nursery components.  All children are screened for mental health issues. Children, family and adult counseling are available on site and in the home.

* State law requires that Relief Nurseries post immunization records twice a year.  Below are the results of the 2/27/2017 assessment.