At White Shield, teenage girls, between the ages of 12 and 18, are provided with a safe, secure, and nurturing environment that serves the needs of pregnant and parenting teenage girls as well as at-risk adolescent girls.
Some of the services provided at White Shield are:
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Mental health services, including psychiatric services
- Skill-building services
- On-campus schooling with Portland Public Schools DART program
- Health education and referral to community medical providers
- Substance abuse treatment
- Case management
- Independent living classes
- Recreational activities
- Exposure to cultural events
- Child aftercare services
These services are met through the following programs:
- A residential treatment program for up to 16 pregnant or parenting teen moms and their children, ages 0-3, that focuses on childbirth preparation, options counseling, teaching and encouraging positive parenting skills and fostering healthy attachment and bonding.
- Each girl receives supportive services to develop valuable life skills in all areas of her life - academics, job readiness, wellness and nutrition, goal-setting, budgeting, relationships, social and emotional regulation, problem solving, transition to independent living - to become her best self and the best parent she can be.
The James and Lila Miller Early Intervention Center
- A state-licensed daycare center for children ages 0-3 that provides an enriched, developmentally appropriate learning environment.
- Infants and toddlers benefit from regular music and movement classes with their mothers, emphasis on early literacy, and a multi-language experience. The center is staffed with highly qualified childcare professionals and volunteers.
- Portland Public Schools and Multnomah County Education Services District provide early intervention services for children who qualify using a multi-disciplinary team.
- A residential treatment program with a link to therapeutic foster care for up to 14 adolescent girls, ages 12 to 18.
- Emphasis is placed on providing a safe, secure and nurturing environment to build stability, assess immediate and future needs, and develop the skills each girl needs for a successful future.
Transitioning to Independence
- An independent living program for Oregon Youth Authority clients between the ages of 17 ½ and 20.
- Services consist of on-site apartment living for one client and her child and continued services for two off-campus clients consisting of skill building and counseling, case management, information and referral, and daily monitoring to ensure continued success in the community.
- A program service which focuses on personal and skills development in preparation for independent living.
- Under the umbrella of youth development is job readiness and the Shadow Box project - job shadows and internships, Life Skills Intervention for Teens (LIFT) - one-to-one mentoring, weekly groups that focus on topics associated with living independently.
For more information on White Shield, download the brochure file below.