Childhaven Receives Grant From Cambia Health Foundation

The Cambia Health Foundation has granted $50,000 to Childhaven for the project CenteringParenting. The funding will enable Childhaven to create a model for well-child care that brings together parents of same-age infants with health care providers.

Through CenteringParenting, Childhaven will support families and health care providers in creating a partnership of experiential learning, support and fun. Each Centering visit will begin with individual well-child health assessments, immunizations and developmental screenings.  The CenteringParenting model is strengths-based, culturally adaptable, grounded in building social support and social connectedness. It exemplifies a trauma-informed approach that recognizes and responds to the impact of complex trauma and toxic stress on individuals and families.

About Cambia Health Foundation

Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, the foundation has funded over $60 million in grants to advance patient- and family-centered care for all. We purposefully invest in ideas that make the health care journey more person-focused and economically sustainable from birth to natural completion of life.

Childhaven Featured on The Money Hour

“Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.”

~ Dr. Bruce Perry

Childhaven’s Jon Botten (CEO) and Megan Beers (Program Director) join The Money Hour to talk about the epidemic of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and the important work that Childhaven is doing to address them. Listen to learn more about the impact of ACEs, the healing power of relationships, and Childhaven’s “all in” approach to making meaningful changes in the lives of children and families in our community.

Childhaven Receives Grant From Cigna Foundation

Cigna Foundation Grant to Childhaven Promotes Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care for Children Ages Zero to Five

The Cigna Foundation has granted $50,000 to Childhaven to promote the integration of primary and behavioral health care for children ages zero to five. The funding will enable Childhaven to implement a screening tool with Bright Steps and Swedish Pediatrics to identify and refer young children who may need mental and behavioral health care due to trauma and other factors. The Cigna Foundation grant also supports a “family navigator” who works with families and their pediatricians to assess progress and determine next steps.

Childhaven CEO Jon Botten, Program Director Megan Beers and Director of Philanthropy Kristi Nelson meet with Ryan Kocher, President of Cigna’s Pacific Northwest market and Dr. John Sobeck, Medical Director of Cigna’s Pacific Northwest market to discuss the $50,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation to Childhaven.

About Cigna:

Cigna Corporation is a global health service company that helps people improve their health, well-being and peace of mind. Through its operating subsidiaries it offers integrated health benefits and services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision and supplemental benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance. Its Pacific Northwest regional office is located in Seattle.

About the Cigna Foundation:

The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

Tour Week

Our donors are kind of a big deal around here.

No, really. Your support allows Childhaven to give new hope to hundreds of children and families!

We’d like to invite all of our supporters to come in for a thank-you tour this spring. You’ll be hard-pressed not to smile when you see the grinning faces of the little boys and girls you’ve helped.

RSVP for one of the time slots below!


“Thank You” tours will be held at our 316 Broadway branch at the following days/times:

Wed, March 28

Thurs, March 29

Fri, April 6


RSVP to tours@childhaven.org or call us at 206-957-4805!

Childhaven Receives Handcrafted Play Structure from GMC

creekmoreship2Childhaven is excited to receive a brand new handcrafted play structure at its Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch, courtesy of GMC. The structure was built over nine days by a talented team of builders from MoCa Handcrafted, and will benefit the children of Childhaven for years to come.

The structure was built using locally-sourced materials and is already a well-loved part of the Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch playground. The ship includes slides, swings, a sandbox, a toddler-sized climbing wall, and many more special touches to make outside time fun and enriching for children. Continue reading

Childhaven Named as Finalist for “Nonprofit of the Year” by Seattle Business Magazine

Thanks to your support, we were named as one of three finalists for “Nonprofit of the Year” by Seattle Business magazine. The award is part of the magazine’s Community Impact Awards, which honor Washington state businesses and organizations that are making a tangible, measurable impact on their communities.

The award winner was announced at a gala celebration on October 21, 2015 at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle.

Read more about the Community Impact Awards at seattlebusinessmag.com or check out these photos from the event.

Community Impact Awards


Donated Books Inspire Surprising Joy

The following story was written by one of our developmental testers:

Small moments of hope happen every day at Childhaven, and our staff is always ready to connect with a child. Recently, I was in the front entrance when a large box of brand new children’s books arrived. books and ruth

There is a girl I will call “Emma” for confidentiality reasons. She is highly impulsive and has a very difficult time concentrating on anything other than art projects. On the day the boxes of books arrived, she was in the lobby when I went to collect my packages. As per usual, she was struggling with following the directions of the adult caring for her.  I asked her to come and help me look through the boxes.  Immediately we sat down, looked through the books, and picked one together.

We sat on the floor of the lobby, new books scattered around us, and read.

Emma and I were completely absorbed in one of the books, using the pictures to help us anticipate what may happen next in the story.  As we were reviewing the pictures to help determine what actually happened, Emma appeared totally captivated, reviewing the events and determining an outcome.  I looked up and realized the room was very silent.  Looking around, I saw four adults watching and listening to me read and to Emma’s comments about the story. Emma was completely focused. The adults were fully engaged. It was a beautiful moment!books

Your support allows for beautiful moments like these to happen every day. Thank you!

Childhaven Developmental Tester


P.S. Did you know a donation of $5 could purchase several new picture books for our library? Donate now.

Share Your Volunteer Story

  • What inspires you to support Childhaven? Is there a moment or child that stands out in your memory? What keeps you coming back to volunteer? What do you find unique about Childhaven?
  • Need an example? "Field trips are one of my favorite experiences. The joy and wonder in their faces is contagious! Every so often I find myself riding hay bales at a pumpkin patch or elbow deep in a tide pool exhibit. Can you believe there are 5-year-olds who have never been to the aquarium? I get to be there for those first smiles."
    *Please note we will check with you before publishing your name.

The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy Supports Childhaven

fftn logoChildhaven is proud to once again be one of 12 local agencies supported by The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

The Fund has raised more than $19 million over 36 years, 100 percent of which has gone to Childhaven and other local nonprofit agencies that address critical needs in our community. The goal for this holiday season is to raise $1.3 million.

To promote the fund, The Seattle Times will be running stories that tell how each of the 12 organizations make a difference in the lives of local children and families, and the impact donors can make. Childhaven’s story currently slated to run on January 1, 2016.

To support Childhaven, read inspirational stories, and donate to The Fund, visit seattletimes.com/ffn.

Not currently a subscriber to The Seattle Times?

Sign up for a special Fund for the Needy discounted subscription and a $10 donation will be made in your name. To learn more, visit seattletimes.com/subscribe and enter promo code “FFN2015.”



Presidential Financial Update

“Through uncertain times, loyal community members like you have sustained us with your unwavering support and belief in our mission. Thank you for always being there when we need you. We promise to keep you up to date on what lies ahead.”

Dear Friends,Maria Chavez Wilcox

As another group of 5-year-olds prepares to graduate this summer from Childhaven and move on to kindergarten, I’m happy to report that their bright futures mirror our own.

The Washington State Legislature has stepped in for a second year to help cover a sudden loss in Childhaven’s federal funding in 2013. These state funds opened up additional classroom space for nearly 50 abused, neglected and alcohol-or drug-affected children who need our help the most. We are deeply grateful to legislators who recognize the incredible return on investment our state receives when it supports early learning for vulnerable children.

As appreciative as we are that the state responded to our need with such generous support, this allocation covers just one year. Come mid-2015, we again face the challenge of having to make up this revenue gap. So, we are continuing to seek ways to restore the Medicare funding that has supported our work for decades.

One possible and exciting option is to become a licensed mental health facility, which would reopen federal funding channels and also allow us to expand our services into the community. Childhaven has always been licensed to provide the healing and care our children need to recover and thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Our program leaders and child and family therapists are already licensed to provide mental health services. To officially gain status as a behavioral health agency, Childhaven would need to develop and follow new policies and procedures that specifically guide mental health facilities.

Through uncertain times, loyal community members like you have sustained us with your unwavering support and belief in our mission. Thank you for always being there when we need you. We promise to keep you up to date on what lies ahead.


Maria Chavez Wilcox

Childhaven President