Resources and Latest News


July 30, 2018

Playing with your kids can be quite simple and cheap with a little bit of creativity. We have gathered together a short list of some classic games you can play using materials laying around your home!


July 23, 2018

My Kids Adventures Guide is a great website with an abundance of different categories for family fun, including “Treasure Hunts & Scavenger Hunts,” Science Projects,” and “Taking Technology Offline.” We’ve gathered a few of our favorites from their website. Enjoy!


July 16, 2018

Outdoor movies on the big screen can be a great way to kick back with the family after a long day of summer sun. Find a location near you showing FREE movies in the park!


July 9, 2018

Looking for some summer fun without the high prices? Check out a few family-friendly museums and attractions with great discount days!

  1. Portland Children’s Museum
    • Free admission – First Friday of every month from 4-8pm
    • Qualifying families can buy a one-year family membership for only $15, or one-day admission for $1 per person (call 503.223.6500 for details)
  2. Oregon Zoo
    • “Twilight Tuesday” – $5 admission – Third Tuesday of the month from 5:00pm-8:00pm
    • “Zoo for All” – $5 admission if you participate in list of programs (free/reduced lunch, Head Start, Section 8, etc.); save an additional $1.50 if you show them your proof of ridership when you take the MAX or a bus to the zoo!
  3. OMSI
    • $2 Days – First Sunday of Every Month
  4. Portland Art Museum
    • Free – First Thursday of every month from 5–8 p.m (always free for children ages 0-17)
  5. World Forestry Center
    • $3 admission – First Thursday of every month

July 2, 2018

Here are this year’s best FREE places to go watch the fireworks for Independence Day. Enjoy, and have a happy fourth!

    • Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
      • 1501 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver WA 98661
      • FREE admission
      • Fireworks begin at 10:05pm
    • Forest Grove Fireworks
      • Tom McCall Upper Elementary, 1341 Pacific Ave.
      • FREE admission (suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family)
      • Food court opens at 6:00pm, fireworks begin at dusk (9:40pm)
    • Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration 
      • Tigard High School- 9000 SW Durham Rd, Tigard, OR 97224
      • Middle of Millen Drive parade (4:00pm)
      • Gates officially open at 9:00pm, fireworks begin at dusk – FREE admission

June 25, 2018

Check in with your local library today for a variety of fun summer activities!

    • Summer reading programs can be a great way for kids to keep up their reading skills when not in school (plus they offer tons of fun prizes, such as free tickets to Portland Thorns/Timbers T2 soccer games, coupons for Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center, free swim passes, and more!)
    • Library Cultural Passes can be a great way to get free admission into some of Portland’s neatest museums, gardens, and outdoor adventures.

June 22, 2018

Our team recently got together for our annual All-Staff training & retreat! It was a great time of learning, relaxation, and connecting with other co-workers. Favorite activities included yoga, succulent garden building, and a short hike!


June 18, 2018

We’ve gathered together some ideas for summer events and festivals to check out. Get some good quality time with your whole family this summer!


October 16, 2017

Family SkillBuilders celebrated 15 years of serving families at our annual staff picnic this year. We had a great time being together and are already looking forward to next year! To see more photos from the picnic, head to our Facebook page.

 


July 31, 2017

The upcoming heat this week can lead to additional stress and physical discomfort, particularly for those without air-conditioned housing. We’ve gathered each Portland county’s list of cooling centers and other tips on how to stay safe and cool this week.

Clackamas County – http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20170731a.html

Multnomah County – https://multco.us/help-when-its-hot/take-care-yourself-and-others-during-heat-wave

Washington County – http://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/News/heat-event-august-2017.cfm

We hope this will help you and your families stay cool during the heat wave!


July 26, 2017

Our staff recently had a training retreat where we spent time diving deeper into mental health diagnoses and how that factors into our parent training. We also had a great time together with fun team-building games and staff appreciation exercises. We love our team at Family SkillBuilders!

 


July 11, 2017

We love sharing resources with our friends – and if you’re reading this, you’re one of them! Every week we’ll share some of the most useful resources we’ve come across for both our parents and our partners. If you have a resource you’d like to share, please email us at info@familyskillbuilders.org.

For Parents

Summer is in full swing, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the heat and enjoy some air-conditioned fun indoors. How about bowling? Several bowling centers around Oregon are participating in the “Kids Bowl Free” program, which allows children to register for 2 free games per day, all summer long! Click the link below for participating centers and more info.

https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/all_centers.php#OR

 

For Community Partners

Nick Guerrero of the Raphael House of Portland will be providing a free training on supporting children and their parents in safety planning. Sponsored by the FVCC, the training is for those who work with survivors of domestic violence or have interest in the subject matter. For more on the FVCC, click here: https://multco.us/fvcc

Safer Together: Supporting Children and Their Parents in Safety Planning
Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
SE Health Center, basement conference room
3653 SE 34th Ave, Portland, OR

As the SE Health Center’s parking lot is reserved for patients, please utilize the free street parking around the center.


July 6, 2017

Each week, we’ll share local happenings that may interest parents as well as our community partners. Have something to add to our list? Feel free to send it our way via our Contact page!

For Parents

Second Tuesdays at the Oregon Zoo
Tuesday July 11th, 9:30am – 6pm
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
http://www.oregonzoo.org/events/july-second-tuesday

Enjoy the Oregon Zoo on the second Tuesday of every month for a fraction of the cost!
$4 admission; children ages 2 and younger are free.

For Partners

Native Teen Gathering
July 10-13
Grande Ronde Powwow Grounds
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/FOSTERCARE/ILP/Documents/NativeTeenGatheringFlyer.pdf

The Native Teen Gathering July 10-13 is for native youth ages 14-20 in foster care. The gathering is coordinated by the DHS Independent Living Program, which partners with various youth organizations and communities to provide opportunities that assist youth who are or were in foster care to become independent adults. Contact Rosemary.lavenditti@state.or.us for more information.


July 3, 2017

We love sharing resources with our friends – and if you’re reading this, you’re one of them! Every week we’ll share some of the most useful resources we’ve come across for both our parents and our partners. If you have a resource you’d like to share, please email us at info@familyskillbuilders.org.

Fourth of July Festivities
In honor of Independence Day, we’re sharing some of the best free or low-cost 4th of July events for families. Have a happy fourth!

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
1501 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver WA 98661
– FREE admission
– Live entertainment begins at 6pm, fireworks begin at 10:05pm
– Directions & parking info: http://4th.fortvan.org/getting-here.html

4th of July Spectacular
7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland OR 97202
– $2-$5 admission depending on age
– Rides open at 12pm, fireworks begin at dusk
– Directions: http://oakspark.com/directions.html

Estacada Timber Festival
30878 NW Evergreen Way, Estacada OR 97023
– $5 admission for 9 & up, kids 8 & under FREE
– Timber events start at 12pm, fireworks begin at 10pm
– Directions: https://estacadatimberfestival.com/home/location/

June 25, 2018

Check in with your local library today for a variety of fun summer activities!

    • Summer reading programs can be a great way for kids to keep up their reading skills when not in school (plus they offer tons of fun prizes, such as free tickets to Portland Thorns/Timbers T2 soccer games, coupons for Bullwinkle’s Family Fun Center, free swim passes, and more!)
    • Library Cultural Passes can be a great way to get free admission into some of Portland’s neatest museums, gardens, and outdoor adventures.

June 22, 2018

Our team recently got together for our annual All-Staff training & retreat! It was a great time of learning, relaxation, and connecting with other co-workers. Favorite activities included yoga, succulent garden building, and a short hike!


June 18, 2018

We’ve gathered together some ideas for summer events and festivals to check out. Get some good quality time with your whole family this summer!


October 16, 2017

Family SkillBuilders celebrated 15 years of serving families at our annual staff picnic this year. We had a great time being together and are already looking forward to next year! To see more photos from the picnic, head to our Facebook page.

 


July 31, 2017

The upcoming heat this week can lead to additional stress and physical discomfort, particularly for those without air-conditioned housing. We’ve gathered each Portland county’s list of cooling centers and other tips on how to stay safe and cool this week.

Clackamas County – http://www.clackamas.us/pressreleases/pr20170731a.html

Multnomah County – https://multco.us/help-when-its-hot/take-care-yourself-and-others-during-heat-wave

Washington County – http://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/News/heat-event-august-2017.cfm

We hope this will help you and your families stay cool during the heat wave!


July 26, 2017

Our staff recently had a training retreat where we spent time diving deeper into mental health diagnoses and how that factors into our parent training. We also had a great time together with fun team-building games and staff appreciation exercises. We love our team at Family SkillBuilders!

 


July 11, 2017

We love sharing resources with our friends – and if you’re reading this, you’re one of them! Every week we’ll share some of the most useful resources we’ve come across for both our parents and our partners. If you have a resource you’d like to share, please email us at info@familyskillbuilders.org.

For Parents

Summer is in full swing, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the heat and enjoy some air-conditioned fun indoors. How about bowling? Several bowling centers around Oregon are participating in the “Kids Bowl Free” program, which allows children to register for 2 free games per day, all summer long! Click the link below for participating centers and more info.

https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/all_centers.php#OR

 

For Community Partners

Nick Guerrero of the Raphael House of Portland will be providing a free training on supporting children and their parents in safety planning. Sponsored by the FVCC, the training is for those who work with survivors of domestic violence or have interest in the subject matter. For more on the FVCC, click here: https://multco.us/fvcc

Safer Together: Supporting Children and Their Parents in Safety Planning
Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00am – 12:00pm
SE Health Center, basement conference room
3653 SE 34th Ave, Portland, OR

As the SE Health Center’s parking lot is reserved for patients, please utilize the free street parking around the center.


July 6, 2017

Each week, we’ll share local happenings that may interest parents as well as our community partners. Have something to add to our list? Feel free to send it our way via our Contact page!

For Parents

Second Tuesdays at the Oregon Zoo
Tuesday July 11th, 9:30am – 6pm
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
http://www.oregonzoo.org/events/july-second-tuesday

Enjoy the Oregon Zoo on the second Tuesday of every month for a fraction of the cost!
$4 admission; children ages 2 and younger are free.

For Partners

Native Teen Gathering
July 10-13
Grande Ronde Powwow Grounds
http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/FOSTERCARE/ILP/Documents/NativeTeenGatheringFlyer.pdf

The Native Teen Gathering July 10-13 is for native youth ages 14-20 in foster care. The gathering is coordinated by the DHS Independent Living Program, which partners with various youth organizations and communities to provide opportunities that assist youth who are or were in foster care to become independent adults. Contact Rosemary.lavenditti@state.or.us for more information.


July 3, 2017

We love sharing resources with our friends – and if you’re reading this, you’re one of them! Every week we’ll share some of the most useful resources we’ve come across for both our parents and our partners. If you have a resource you’d like to share, please email us at info@familyskillbuilders.org.

Fourth of July Festivities
In honor of Independence Day, we’re sharing some of the best free or low-cost 4th of July events for families. Have a happy fourth!

Independence Day at Fort Vancouver
1501 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver WA 98661
– FREE admission
– Live entertainment begins at 6pm, fireworks begin at 10:05pm
– Directions & parking info: http://4th.fortvan.org/getting-here.html

4th of July Spectacular
7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland OR 97202
– $2-$5 admission depending on age
– Rides open at 12pm, fireworks begin at dusk
– Directions: http://oakspark.com/directions.html

Estacada Timber Festival
30878 NW Evergreen Way, Estacada OR 97023
– $5 admission for 9 & up, kids 8 & under FREE
– Timber events start at 12pm, fireworks begin at 10pm
– Directions: https://estacadatimberfestival.com/home/location/


June 12, 2017

Welcome!

We are pleased to welcome you to our brand new website. Our goal is to provide our partners, our staff and our clients with an easy-to-navigate site that outlines the services we provide, our model of care practices, a chance to meet our team, helpful resources, and more! Take a look around, get to know us, and let us know what you think!

About Family SkillBuilders
Our story began in 2002, when four parents and foster/adoptive parents joined together in a grassroots effort to offer hope for families. From the start, we have been committed to building strong families through relationally-based parent training. We believe a hands-on, customized, home-based model empowers parents with the skills they need. The goal is that children will be safe and nurtured and will live in their home with their family.

We are proud to have served over 3,000 families and counting. Family SkillBuilders’ reputation of success is a result of our desire to serve families and of each member of our staff that continues the vision to offer the possibilities of change in our community.