Family Navigation Program
RAYS UP Program
Catalyzed by Childhaven, this innovative interdisciplinary partnership brings early learning and healthcare closer together to improve outcomes for families with young children. Harborview Pediatrics, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, and Childhaven are the core entities of the Family Navigator Project.
Kinship care is a family in which a relative, most commonly a grandmother, is the primary caregiver of another relative’s children. As an alternative to foster placements, kinship care can lead to happier lives for the children in the family. Our Kinship program helps keep families together and provides a more stable living arrangement for children. It helps preserve cultural values, especially for children of color.
Children in kinship homes have fewer behavioral problems, are less likely to reenter foster care after they have returned home or been adopted and are three to four times less likely to be mistreated than children in traditional foster homes. The added stress of a changing family can be really hard for even the most prepared caregiver. There is often financial and legal strain placed on the family, not to mention needing to navigate the new family dynamics. Our Kinship Program links families to services and support so that the caregivers can effectively parent the children in their care.
RAYS Up promotes student success in school and in the community by providing one-on-one coaching, group support and skill building opportunities for middle and high school youth, with a high quality programming standard.
RAYS Up is a leading youth development program helping middle and high school students in the Renton and Tukwila school districts grow the skills they need to be successful in life. Through weekly one-on-one sessions with their Youth Life Coach, skill-building groups and out-of-school enrichment activities, RAYS Up students build self-awareness, confidence, and motivation to pursue their goals. Some students dream of being the first in their families to go to college, while others yearn to join the workforce after graduating high school. RAYS Up is there to support them in becoming happy, healthy young adults with a promising future ahead of them.
RAYS Up Youth Life Coaches (YLCs) help young people in our schools to set individual goals like showing up to school on time, turning in homework and hanging out with positive groups of friends. The YLCs help connect our clients to services designed to help them succeed in school, like tutors. We meet with our RAYS Up clients once a week at school for 30-45 minutes. Our students participate in groups to talk about self-image, decision making, substance abuse, anxiety, anger management and communication. Youth Life Coaches work to create a group discussions that focus on topics that all young people struggle with such as bullying, racial and ethnic identity, cultural formation, gender specific topics and team building.
Our Youth Executive Council (YEC) provides RAYS Up participants with an opportunity to plan events for the program and offer feedback to program staff. We believe in empowering our young people to have a voice in our community. If they have a sense of ownership, they will grow to be leaders in our community. The YEC plans RAYS Up community service and enrichment activities. RAYS Up provides youth with community service and recreational opportunities to help them develop leadership skills and build positive ties to their local communities and neighborhoods.
Interested in our community-based programs? Visit our referrals page and fill out a form to let us know.
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Art with Heart
Through Art with Heart, we bring the healing power of creative expression to kids and adults serving kids. Our therapeutic activity books are designed for kids age 5-18. Printed curricula, in-person and online trainings are available for adults who are leading or looking to lead creative expression programs with the kids they serve.
Child & Family Counseling
Childhaven’s therapists support families and children from birth to 24 years, providing therapeutic care and counseling services with a focus on: infant/early childhood mental health, dyadic and interaction-focused therapies, trauma-informed care, emotional health, and whole child well-being.
Wraparound with Intensive Services
Wraparound with Intensive Services are designed to support young children, ages birth to 6, who have significant social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Wraparound with Intensive Services are guided by an Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health framework, supporting children’s primary relationships in both their home and early learning environments. Families work closely with their care team, including a Parent Partner, Care Coordinator, and Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Therapist, to develop a support plan that centers their goals for their family.