The Olalla Center for Children and Families’ intention with the Relief Nursery is to grow a strong network of support for high-risk families by forming avenues for safe and sustainable reunification of children in the foster care system, with their parents. Planting the roots of support begins with guided learning in parent education classes facilitated by a Qualified Mental Health Professional (therapist) and supported by a Qualified Mental Health Associate (behavioral specialist), followed by in-the-moment learning in a Parent/Child Learning Lab where parents will practice skills with their children in a gently guided process. Based on assessed needs, parents participate in support groups and gain a sense of community through shared experiences and the healing process. The Relief Nursery is designed to remove socio-economic barriers by providing transportation, food, child care and participation incentives.
* 2019 Olalla Center is an Emerging Relief Nursery with Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, OARN. Olalla's program is new and growing to eventually become a full scale Relief Nursery. Look for new developments.