Mental Health

Mental health has never been a more timely topic. Witnessing children suffer emotionally, or suffering ourselves, is painful. Locating foster-adoption competent, culturally skilled therapeutic supports and resources - both professionally and personally - can feel exhausting. Yet we also know that each of us is far more resilient than previously thought. Science shows our brains and hearts can grow, change and heal. Don't lose hope! Please also reference our ACEs, ADHD/ADD, Anxiety, Attachment, Mindfulness, Regulation & Resilience, Neurofeedback, Play, Suicide & Self Harm Supports, and Trauma pages for more resources.

Are you a foster, adoptive or guardianship family who resides in Multnomah or Washington County and needs some in-home support? Learn more about referrals to the new Respite & Support Network (RSN).

"Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going." ~Dr. Noam Shpancer


If you are truly in crisis, please call a crisis hotline:

Foster Adoption Competent Therapist Lists & Referrals

ORPARC Directory of Foster Adoption Competent Providers, including BIPOC-specific!


Culturally Specific - Please also reference our Transracial Parenting/Cultural Diversity Resource page for a robust list of Culturally Specific Care & Support resources.

Recommended Books & Articles

Mental Health-related Materials in ORPARC's library plus explore ORPARC's Culture Connection Collection, a library collection curated by experts to support kids of color in care and those caring for them!

For kids

Culturally Specific

Videos & Podcasts