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White Shield Center

Our mission is to empower adolescent girls to lead healthy and productive lives within their families and communities.

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Services & Resources Available

Behavioral Rehabilitation Services; Year-round school on campus through Portland Public Schools D.A.R.T.; Mental health services and alcohol & drug counseling through community partnerships; Clinical oversight; Recreational and cultural activities; Social skill development using evidence/research based curriculum; Health & wellness education; Independent living skills; Aftercare planning and transition support; Day care through on-site Early Learning Center; Parenting education; Connection to community resources.

Who We Are

Located in the hills of Northwest Portland, White Shield Center has been serving young women and children since 1914. The center began as a maternity home and hospital for young women. We continue to serve the needs of pregnant and parenting clients between the ages of 12 and 20. Additionally, we serve the needs of adolescent girls who need a safe, secure and nurturing environment. In all, we offer four unique programs; The Parenting Program, The Cottage Program, The Wildflowers Program, and The Early Learning Center. 


The White Shield Center provides trauma-informed, gender-specific, and culturally-sensitive framework in creating individualized plans to meet the differing needs of each resident. Evidence and research-based practices are utilized to teach the skills needed for positive, long-term outcomes.

Core Goals

At the White Shield Center, we practice The five CORE Practice Areas of Gender Responsiveness.

- A relational approach
- A strengths-based approach
- A trauma-informed approach
- A culturally competent approach
- A holistic approach