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Willamette Family has proudly served Lane County for over 50 years, providing detox and treatment for substance use disorders. Over the years our services have been enhanced to include Mental Health Treatment for adults and children, Primary Medical Care, parenting classes, Family Services, Peer Support Services, and a myriad of transitional services. These services are designed to assist the individual transition back into the community and to reunite with their families (Download General Program Brochure - PDF).

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Comprehensive approach can treat addictions, avoid foster care

Published on July 25, 2018

Much is written about the cost of the opioid crisis: the lives lost, the dreams deferred, the potentials never realized, and the crimes perpetrated to secure a drug that enslaves so many of our neighbors, friends, and family members to the extent that it becomes the center of their existence.


Much is written about the cost of the opioid crisis: the lives lost, the dreams deferred, the potentials never realized, and the crimes perpetrated to secure a drug that enslaves so many of our neighbors, friends, and family members to the extent that it becomes the center of their existence. What may have started as a medication to ease the pain of a medical condition has created a nightmare whose pain is eased only by continued use of the drug.

The cost — in terms of medical care, law enforcement and the child welfare system — is enormous. We all pay a price. And while treatment is effective, gaining access to it is difficult and resources are not always available. The barriers are formidable, and all too often they result in “treatment denied.”

No one pays a higher price for this epidemic than children whose parents are unable to provide a safe home, so they are suddenly placed in foster care. In Lane County today, 1,074 children are in foster homes. They face two years or more away from their parents, with fewer than 50 percent of them ever returning home.

Overwhelmingly, parental substance addiction is cited as the largest single family factor that results in a child entering foster care. Oregon data show that more than 52 percent of these families have alcohol and drug issues, and child welfare workers would likely tell you it is much higher. Twelve percent of these children will live in six or more foster homes before they have a permanent home. Many will never go home.

The tragic legacy of this family disruption includes the generational cycle that is repeated far too often. More than 70 percent of the adults in Willamette Family’s residential substance abuse treatment centers were in foster care as children. They lived through the trauma of losing their parents, their extended families, their schools and their friends, and they experienced multiple moves into different foster homes in the most formative years of their lives.

Imagine the trauma that this inflicts upon their development, their ability to succeed in school, their self-identity and their basic need to form healthy attachments and relationships with others. No wonder they often turn to drugs and alcohol themselves.

Addiction, poverty, housing instability, mental health trauma and domestic violence are all primary reasons that Oregon children are placed into foster care. Agencies that provide wonderful services to help families overcome these conditions are handicapped by restraints that keep funding in silos that address only a single issue. Many times, this results in fragmented and duplicated services that fail to provide a comprehensive, integrated response.

We can change this. By providing targeted and comprehensive interventions that blend existing resources to allow children to live safely with their parents in an environment that provides treatment for both addiction and mental health conditions, teaches healthy parenting skills, provides developmental assessments for children, and offers essential coaching to help parents learn the life skills that will allow them to become productive members of our community, lives are saved and families remain together.

We know this works. Over the past eight years, 80 percent of the children and families who live together and receive these comprehensive services while the parents are in substance abuse treatment at Willamette Family remain together, and foster care is averted. And none of these children have been abused.

As long as funding for treatment, foster care, law enforcement, and other human services remain in silos and inflexible, breaking the twin cycles of addiction and child abuse remains out of reach. We must come together, blend our resources, and create new opportunities for recovery and family preservation.

Susie Dey is executive director of Willamette Family Inc., which provides mental health and substance abuse/addiction services. Registered Guard Link


Willamette Family MediaTraining Announcement

40 Hours Peer Support Training

Published on August 1, 2018

Peer Support Training 2018

We have another scheduled Peer Support Training for September 17th – 21st @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Prairie View - Cornerstone Community Housing Classroom (584 N Danebo Avenue Eugene, OR. 97402)
To reserve a spot please contact:
Kaylee Rodriguez
(541)343-2993 || KayleeR@wfts.org

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KEZI: Governor Kate Brown has declared the month of May as "Foster Care Month" in Oregon

Published on May 9, 2018

The announcement came as she was touring and meeting with families at Willamette Family Treatment in Eugene Tuesday morning.

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Three Rivers Foundation Award Check to Child Development Center Playground Upgrade

Published on March 12, 2018

Edith Baumgart, Director of Family Services at Willamette Family, received a check for $2,500 from Three Rivers Foundation to be used for the Child Development Center upgrade to the Infant & Toddler Playground.


In 2016 the Preschool playground was upgraded and now funds are being sought to improve the playground for the younger children. The playground equipment at the Child Development Center provides age-appropriate outdoor activities for the children of clients. The equipment was selected to be developmentally interactive and stimulating to promote children’s overall wellbeing and supports the child’s gross motor development.


Toddlers & Infants Playground Improvement Update

Published on March 12, 2018

Funding for the Child Development Center’s Toddlers & Infants Playground Improvement project is underway. The new equipment will be age-appropriate and provides outdoor activities that are developmentally interactive and stimulating to promote children’s overall wellbeing and support the child’s gross motor development. Below is the graph showing our progress in raising funds to complete this project; we are three-quarters of the way to funding this project.

Edith Baumgart

In 2016 the Preschool equipment was updated and now we are raising funds to upgrade the equipment used by infants and toddlers. The updated playground equipment will give all children enrolled in our program access to developmentally-appropriate, stimulating, and interactive outdoor activities in a safe and fun environment.

An updated playground would also benefit our parenting clients who live on-site with their children and can use the playground evenings and on weekends. Other residential clients also have children who do not live with them, but may use the equipment during visitations on weekends. The playground is an ideal way for parents to spend time and bond with their children.

Edith Baumgart

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Willamette Family MediaSuccess Story:

Meet Graham, Jennifer & Kaycee
...their story is just one of many waiting to be told.

Published on November 27, 2017

The Child Development Center (CDC) allows parents to attend substance abuse treatment and mental health services while their child/ children receive therapeutic services in the CDC. The CDC teachers help children learn how to walk, talk, write, count, interact with other children, and much more. Many of the children who attend the center have been born affected by prenatal substance use, and/or have experienced abuse and/or neglect in their past. The teachers are trauma-informed and work hard to provide a therapeutic environment for all of the children.

Kaycee was cared for at the Child Development Center (CDC) while Jennifer and Graham were in treatment. Her mother Jennifer was receiving treatment through the Women’s Residence Program and her father Graham was receiving treatment through the Dad’s Program. Both of those programs help clients to manage their recovery, while allowing them to be active parents in their children’s lives and spend time parenting their children. 

Without Willamette Family’s Child Development Center, many children would be separated from their parent and placed in foster care. The CDC gives parents and children the ability to remain together in a safe and well monitored environment.

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