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Our Programs

The center provides a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment for girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

Wildflowers Program

Our Wildflowers Program is a residential treatment program with a link to therapeutic foster care for adolescent girls, ages 12-18, who have been placed by Department of Human Services. Emphasis is placed on providing a safe, secure and nurturing environment to build stability, assess immediate and future needs, and develop the skills each girl needs for a successful future. The link to therapeutic foster care provides a supportive transition to the community where each girl can continue to practice skills to become her best self.

Parenting Program

The Parenting Program offers a unique residential treatment setting for pregnant and parenting teenage girls, ages 12-18, along with their children, ages 0-3. The program provides a safe, nurturing and supportive learning environment by which each teen mother and mother-to-be can develop valuable life skills and participate in parenting education and activities that prepare her for childbirth, emphasize healthy boundaries, attachment and early childhood development essentials.

The Parenting Program partners with our on-site Early Learning Center, a 5-Star QRIS licensed and certified child care center, to provide care for our young moms' children while they attend school here on campus. The ELC is dedicated to breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect, and trauma by providing a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. 

Cottage Program - Independent Living Skills

The Cottage Program is a step toward independent living for youth nearing an age where independent living skills are increasingly necessary based on their discharge treatment plan. The Cottage Program provides apartment style living for clients transitioning out of residential care and towards independence in the community.

The Cottage gives youth an opportunity to learn valuable life skills necessary to make a successful transition. The Cottage Program focuses on continued education, vocational training, budgeting, healthy cooking, housekeeping skills and connection to community resources in order for youth to be more fully prepared for a positive transition out of residential care.

In 2013, White Shield Center renovated and furnished our cottage on campus. This was made possible, in large part, by capital funds grant from the United Way. Thanks to them, in July 2013, the Cottage opened for residents from the Wildflowers and Parenting Programs.

For more information about the Cottage, please contact Julie Hale at (503) 731-3973 or julie.hale@usw.salvationarmy.org. 

Collaborative Problem Solving 

The White Shield Center approaches behavioral rehabilitation and managing challenging behaviors using the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) model. This behavior management model is an evidence-based, culturally responsive, and individualized approach to engaging clients in treatment. Using the CPS model, our team assesses each resident's thinking skill deficits that lead to challenging and/or undesired behaviors. Our interventions are focused on involving the youth in coming up with realistic solutions to behavior problems and holding youth accountable for following through with their proposed solutions by continuing to engage them in the problem-solving process. Evidence shows that this collaborative intervention helps the most challenging youth build skills in being more flexible and empathizing with the perspectives of others. 


Referral Information

The Salvation Army White Shield Center provides Level 3, 4, and 5 Behavioral Rehabilitative Services to adolescent girls 12-18 years of age who are referred to the Center by Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oregon Youth Authority (OYA). If you have any questions about a potential placement or if your youth would be an appropriate fit, please contact us. 

All referrals are to be sent to our social services team for review. 

Email: WhiteShield.Referrals@usw.salvationarmy.org

Phone: (503) 731-3970

Fax: (503) 239-1252