Parenting with Intent (PWI) currently contracts with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare in collaboration with the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD). PWI has three primary contracts:
- Teen Placement Support Services (TPS): TPS are intended to safely maintain foster youth in their placement during crisis, prevent placement of youth in non-family foster care, and reduce foster placement disruptions. TPS facilitates a more positive relationship between foster parent and foster youth by assisting foster parent in understanding of youth issues, and encouraging youth to engage in foster parent expectations. TPS is a goal-driven service that assists youth to find and engage in positive activities as well as mental health services. Each youth works with a Teen Support Specialist for 16 weeks (unlimited hours) with the possibility of extending for an additional 60 days.
- Commercially and Sexually Exploited Children Teen Placement Support Services (CSEC TPS): CSEC Teen Placement Support Services are similar to TPS but are specific to the CSEC population. Youth may reside with foster care or birth family.
- In-Home Safety and Reunification Services (ISRS): ISRS services allow children to safely remain in their homes, or return to their homes from foster care. Providers are safety service providers who help families reduce or eliminate potential threats to child safety. Services are in-home and are flexible by nature. They may include: parenting skills, home management, housing acquisition, crisis management, advocacy and system navigation. Providers sustain ongoing assessment and coordination with natural and community supports. Providers also assure Family Group Conferences and Family Decision Meetings occur when needed. Each family works intensively with a PWI provider for up to 16 weeks, at least two times per week.
Family Care & Mental Health Services
Parenting With Intent offers a variety of behavioral health services for adults, youth and families such as individual, group and family therapy. PWI therapists engage their clients with a collaborative approach, emphasizing the importance of connection within the therapeutic relationship. Believing that when a provided a safe and supportive environment, families can work through past experiences and trauma and can achieve a greater sense of personal success. PWI currently accepts Family Care through the Oregon Health Plan or can offer a sliding scale.
Additional Support Services and Programs
- Individual and Family Therapy
- Behavioral Health Evaluations
- Crisis Intervention and Resolutions
- Life, Parenting and Community Skills
- Advocacy Case Management
- Community Resources and System Navigation
- Family Group Conferencing
- Support and Educational Parenting Groups: Provides the participant a great opportunity to learn, have fun and meet others who are in the same place as parents.
- Foster Parent Support Groups: Provide support to active foster care providers who experience the effects of Vicarious Trauma or Secondary Trauma associated with disruption in placements and their attachments to the foster children and youth in DHS custody. Foster Parent Support Groups also provide education, resources and support with a focus on processing one’s grief, loss and trauma in a safe environment.
- Monthly Activities for Foster Youth: PWI youth are invited to our monthly activities with the intention of providing youth an opportunity to have fun, build community and engage in positive social activities as well as to stay connected with PWI providers after the end-of-service date.
Working in the field of social work for close to 20 years, I have come into contact with many agencies. I can confidently state that Parenting With Intent is one of the strongest and most effective organizations that I have had the pleasure to partner with. Family after family has shared with me the compassion, professionalism and hard work each employee from PWI has given them. I have seen difficult and stressful situations been completely turned around by the good work PWI is consistently able to accomplish by not only engaging parents and children, but a host of other natural and community supports. I can only hope PWI will continue to grow and make the enormous impact it has on more and more families.
Schlott Jeremiah, Child Welfare Case Manager