Seattle Children's Home 


Founded in 1884, Seattle Children's Home (SCH) is a private, not-for-profit organization that responds to the mental health needs of children and their families throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State. Seattle Children's home provides an array of services and programs to meet the diverse needs of children and families with mental health issues including counseling, mental health assessments and referrals, positive behavioral support, and residential treatment.  On July 1st, 2012 Seattle Children's Home and Navos merged operations.  Seattle Children's Home is now a member of the Navos family and continues to provide the programs and services listed.

Mission Statement
The mission of Seattle Children's Home is to help children and their families by providing comprehensive mental health and developmental services.
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Seattle Children's Home
2142 10th Ave W 
(206) 298-9650 

David M. Johnson 
Chief Executive Officer 


Seattle Children's Home Programs

McGraw Residential Treatment Program
The McGraw Residential Treatment Program (McGraw) is an intensive 24-hour residential and psychiatric program for youth age 11 to 18. McGraw treats children with diagnosed mental health issues including bi-polar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and other significant mental health issues. The intensity of services provided are designed to help clients who have exhausted less-restrictive treatment options.              

Family Counseling & Support Center
The Family Counseling & Support Center provides outpatient counseling and therapy for children and families. Therapy helps clients move toward recovery, learning to manage their own mental health issues and becoming more healthy and productive members of the community.             

Behavior Support Team (BeST) / Home Program for Extended Support (HoPES)       
The BeST and HoPES programs provide intervention and intensive services for the families of children with developmental disabilities in connection with a behavioral or mental health issue. Services help families to improve school attendance and develop strategies to deal with unique behavioral issues, reducing the chance of the child being removed from the home. SCH’s BeST program is the only one of its kind in Washington State, and HoPES is a new program that was established in late 2010.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Megan’s story is typical of many of the children served at Seattle Children’s Home (SCH).  At an early age Megan had to witness the abuse of her brother by her dad and step mother. When her brother was removed from the home, Megan became the target. Megan was 10 years old when she ran away from home, and was placed into the foster care system. During her high school years, having returned to her biological mom, she fell into a deep depression and last year during spring break while other kids were hanging out with friends or enjoying a family vacation, Megan attempted suicide.           

Megan was admitted to the McGraw Residential Treatment Program at SCH. At McGraw, she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression and received the psychiatric treatment she needed to learn to manage her mental health. After nine months of intensive treatment including group and individual therapy, Megan was successfully discharged from McGraw, and returned home to live with her mother. Megan has a great future ahead of her with ambitions to attend the University of WA, to pursue a degree in psychology.         

SCH is experiencing the impact of the economy in foundation, corporate, and individual donor giving, and the gifts that we do receive tend to be smaller than previous years. The services SCH provides are critical for the children and families in our community. We are the oldest children’s charity in Washington State, and greatly appreciate the continued support from our community.


Seattle Children’s Home provides access to quality mental health services for over 300 children with mental health, developmental disability and behavioral health issues each year.

Proven Success
Children and families they serve are dealing with a range of mental health and behavioral issues, from severe depression and bi-polar disorder and self cutting and eating disorders to acting out issues affecting classroom performance and interpersonal relationships.

Many of their clients are experiencing a crisis that requires intervention and specialized services to help these children and families cope and deal with behavioral and mental health issues.

Use of Best Practices
They adopted a new behavior management system called Safe Crisis Management (SCM). The Safe Crisis Management (SCM) curriculum integrates behavior management theory with Function-Based Behavior Support Planning (F-BSP). The process can be used at anytime for any individual in care; however, Safe Crisis Management suggests the process be required for individuals who engage in behaviors that are harmful to self or others. By using the SCM model, which incorporates evidence-based practices like positive behavior support, SCH has been able to reduce the length of client restraints and comprehensively integrate the positive behavior support model which is effective for a wider range of clients, including those with developmental disabilities, and/or language processing issues.

Evidence-based practices (EBP’s) are therapies that have been thoroughly researched and have data that supports their effectiveness. They incorporate evidence-based practices into all their work including; Positive Behavior Support, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) , Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Plus (CBT+).

SCH is adapting to the current economic climate through a variety of methods including their strategic partnership with Navos. They have collaborated over the years and recognized that they share many values. By combining their programs they felt they would be in a better position to make progress toward a more integrated delivery model of child and family services in King County.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

12/10/2012 $15,000.00provide general operating support.
9/10/2010 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2008 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.


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