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Services at White Shield

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:

Parenting Program

  • 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.

Wildflowers Program

  • 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.

Youth Development

  • 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.


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