Programs

Boy with skateboardMaple Star Oregon offers a number of in-home and out-of-home services to children, youth, and families.

Foster Care

Maple Star provides therapeutic foster care for youth ages six and older. We serve consumers throughout the state through contracts with DHS as well as juvenile corrections in Multnomah County. We serve youth from all counties who are experiencing a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges, providing them with individualized services that are strengths-based and trauma informed. Our services are delivered in the home and community, and we promote community involvement and support for our youth. Our staff are available at all times to intervene in crisis situations or to help avoid the crisis altogether. Many of the youth in our care have experienced multiple prior placements, and we strive to minimize any further placement disruptions, enhance placement stability, and create positive relationships. We utilize Collaborative Problem Solving as our philosophy and method of behavior management, emphasizing that “kids do well if they can”, and if they can’t, it is due to a lack of developed skill rather than a lack of will. We focus on helping youth build the skills they need in order to be successful.

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In-Home Safety and Reunification Services (ISRS)

Maple Star provides in-home services to families referred through ISRS contracts in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, and Umatilla counties. The ISRS program is designed to provide for the immediate safety of children at risk of maltreatment by managing the safety threats within the family; or when children have been placed in protective custody to help them return home with intensive in-home services.

Portrait of a smiling family - mother and children - in front of the houseThe program provides a combination of concrete safety and strengths based change services that lead to lasting safety changes within the home. Services are designed to protect children, stabilize the family, and assist parents in establishing linkages to formal, informal, and natural supports and resources so that a child can remain safely with their family without further intervention of the Child Welfare system. The opportunity for lasting change is improved when parents develop skills to advocate for their family and meet their child’s individual needs for safety.

Skills Training

Maple Star provides individualized direct skills training, primarily in a community setting, to youth in DHS custody who have identified behavioral and/or mental health concerns. Services may be provided in non-relative, relative, and biological parent placements and are done at those times identified as most relevant to the youth/family. Maple Star Skills Trainers use Collaborative Problem Solving to help youth build skills in areas that are lagging. We work to help youth improve in communication, relationship, independent living, and community skills while building pro-social behaviors. We currently serve Columbia, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, and will soon expand out into Hood River county.

Foster Care Training and Support

Maple Star’s Foster Care Training and Support (FCTS) program offers pre-service and ongoing training and support to DHS foster families in Columbia and Clatsop counties. Our training model contains a Pre-Service Training, including a Provisional Workbook for the first few months after initial certification, and four annual refresher trainings. The program emphasizes initial and ongoing training, as well as proactive and crisis coaching and support in order to increase retention of foster parents and decrease disruption of youth in foster placements. Support is individualized, prioritizing foster parent needs and working to proactively address barriers and concerns. We offer 24 hour crisis coaching as well as in person support groups. Our FCTS Specialists utilize Collaborative Problem Solving and a trauma informed approach.

Individualized Service Array

Maple Star Oregon is also able to provide individualized services via contracts for the following:

  • Assessment and Service Planning
  • Case Coordination
  • Mentoring
  • Academic or Recreational Skill Building
  • Parent Training
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Foster Care Training and Support
  • Skills Training