Relief Nurseries serve families with young children who are at risk of abuse and neglect. They provide high-risk families with intensive support through individualized case management.

Relief nurseries provide parenting education, support through home visits, and group activities. Children participate in therapeutic classrooms with low adult-child ratios, and families receive home visits that promote healthy parenting and child development. Many provide mental health care, counseling for domestic violence and support for adults recovering from addiction. The Family Relief Nursery offers respite care on Fridays with priority given to clients on the waitlist.
2609 SE 136th Avenue
Portland, OR 97236
Eligibility: High risk families with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Intakes are completed to determine eligibility.

High risk typically means experiencing several of the following factors: poverty, high stress, depression, history of mental illness, lack of reliable transportation, single parent, criminal history, adult survivor of child abuse, drug and alcohol history, unemployment, low self-esteem, limited education, anger issues, homelessness or social isolation.
Hours: Therapeutic Early Childhood Program: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm
Parent Education Classes: offered quarterly one afternoon a week
Respite Care: Monday and Wednesday afternoon for home based and waitlisted families
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (503) 972-9643 Main phone
Email Address: [email protected]
COVID-19 INFORMATION: Temporarily closed. Currently only providing virtual services.
INTAKE PROCEDURE: Call for intake appointment. Intake appointments last between 45 minutes to an hour. Families are enrolled as space allows. Those put on the waitlist will be eligible to receive outreach services, such as resource referrals, weekly home visits, and Friday respite childcare. Parents/children must be enrolled to receive most services.
FEES: None
DOCUMENTS: None required at intake
LANGUAGES: English, Spanish, interpretation by arrangement
AREA SERVED: Multnomah County
SITE HOURS: Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Case/Care Management * At Risk Families
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Child Guidance * At Risk Families
  • Children's Out of Home Respite Care * At Risk Families
  • Family Support Centers/Outreach * At Risk Families
  • Home Based Parenting Education * At Risk Families
  • Prenatal/Postnatal Home Visitation Programs * At Risk Families
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