Our dedicated staff of four licensed therapists and support staff remain committed to removing barriers and promoting access to support for vulnerable youth and families. This past year the King City Clinic served 57 children and their families. Throughout the year, in addition to one on one therapy sessions, youth participate in various activities including canine therapy and summer/winter camps. Children and youth may present with anxiety or depression, grief, family conflict and questions surrounding identity among other challenging circumstances.

Thomas, a 7-year-old living with his legal guardians, was removed from his parents' care because of severe neglect and abuse. Thomas experienced molestation, neglect and emotional and physical abuse. While living with his biological parents his needs were not met, and he would go days without eating. He witnessed drug use and was left outside without supervision when his caregivers were using. Thomas was 4 years old when he was removed and placed under the care of his legal guardians who reached out to Kinship Center for help. Through therapy and parent education classes, the family has learned how to heal from the past traumas Thomas experienced and the guardians are now seeking adoption through Kinship Center. The exciting news is Thomas is now able to express his excitement and happiness about being adopted.

Teresa was molested when she was 9 years old. As a result, at age 14 she struggled with building good relationships with the opposite sex. Teresa’s mother came to Kinship Center for help. In therapy, Teresa’s support team explored her need to connect in an intimate way and helped her begin healing from the past traumatic events in her life. During therapy Teresa was able to begin talking about her pain and make the connection between how she views relationships and how the impact of past traumatic experiences have influenced her behaviors. The emphasis of the therapeutic work was to repair the mother and daughter relationship to prevent Teresa from seeking an external connection.

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