Mission Statement

Morrison Child and Family Services partners with families and communities to provide effective and responsive services for children and youth coping with adversity and trauma. Morrison delivers specialized services to children, from birth through age 21, and families coping with abuse, neglect, domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health difficulties, criminality, and other harmful stress factors. Our award-winning programs recognize and respect cultural differences and support the growth of children to enhance their safety, development, education, and future success.

At Morrison, our goals are to:

  • achieve significant, positive, and long-term clinical outcomes for all of our clients.
  • build on our existing successful programs by developing innovative treatment and funding models to meet current and future community needs.
  • maximize fiscal performance by building an organization that plans strategically, implements effectively, and responds quickly to changing conditions.
  • expand Morrison’s resources by maximizing philanthropic support through increased visibility, broadening our donor base, and diversifying our fundraising activities.


In 1947, Morrison Child and Family Services was founded by a group of concerned citizens and physicians committed to providing mental health services for children in the community. Dr. Carl Morrison, one of Oregon’s first child psychiatrists, served as Morrison’s Executive Director for 25 years. In its first year, the Portland Community Child Guidance Clinic, as it was called, served 216 cases from a modest house in downtown Portland.

In 1972, the clinic name was changed to The Morrison Center, in honor of Dr. Morrison’s many years of dedicated service. Throughout the 70s, Morrison began offering programs for children in the juvenile system and became a major provider of and advocate for clinical psychologists. Staff increased twelve-fold to meet the growing demand for services and a second clinic in Gresham was established to work with east county children and families.

In the 80s, Morrison Center experienced significant growth as a result of the organization’s focus on innovative program design. Morrison Center created alternatives to traditional, more expensive institutional care, beginning with programs like the Hand in Hand Day Treatment program and the Counterpoint and Breakthrough programs.

In April 2003, Morrison Center became Morrison Child and Family Services, reflecting the fact that Morrison was comprised of many locations, not a single “center,” and that the organization had grown in size, scope and capacity to serve Oregon’s children and families.

Today, Morrison Child and Family Services serves over 8,000 children and families with a staff of approximately 500 employees and an annual operating budget of $30 million. Our services are located in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Linn, Benton, Lincoln, and Columbia counties.

“Helping families navigate through difficult times of stress and trauma is what we do. Listening, supporting, and advocating effectively is how we do it.”

Drew Henrie-McWilliams, M.S. Ed., Chief Executive Officer, Morrison Child and Family Services