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Kinship House
June 30, 2010

Kinship House provided excellent mental health counseling to our two foster children, whom we did end up adopting. We had been to other agencies, but they didn't really understand attachment problems. Kinship House also understands that much of the counseling is needed by the parents to help THEM meet the special needs of their children day to day. Their support helped us hang in there. They continue to be willing to provide us needed support on an occasional basis.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our ability as a family to stay together and to help our children be more successful, happy, loved people.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

clone some of the counselors and not let people retire.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they understood our situation and just what kind of help we needed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very effective and able to communicate with us and with our children in direct and helpful ways. Also ready to advocate for us as needed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

train lots more counselors and be the official mental health counsels for all the foster / adopt kids with attachment issues in Oregon. Yeah!

Ways to make it better...

we could have worked with them earlier on instead of having to go through a couple of years of ineffective counseling.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how to pass on the knowledge-base of the existing counselors to other counselors

One thing I'd also say is that...

We love Kinship House!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & received counseling prior to and through adoption of children.

Intermountain
June 30, 2010

As a former foster parent and an adopting parent, we have received a lot of education and experience in dealing with attachment impaired children. Intermountain has a research-based residential program for severely impacted children which is effective in helping the child rebuild a life and, just as importantly, supporting those who adopt these children to parent them in ways that are most effective so that the child can have the best chance to have a fulfilling life. Intermountain also has programs to help less-severely impacted children and families through counseling and training for children, parents and foster parents.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My nephew has been in residential care there, and has been greatly helped. I have been able to watch some of their videotaped training courses, and they have helped me parent my two children who were adopted out of the foster care system.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their open arms and service oriented attitude.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very caring, focused, and ready to do whatever needs to be done.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

With unlimited funds, Intermountain could a) replicate their residential model in other states; b) make their training materials broadly available to parents & counselors; c) teach their methods to therapists in colleges; d) work toward prevention.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & Provide funding for effective therapies for attachment-impaired children and families.