Breakthrough Day Treatment & Foster Care

Our Breakthrough Day Treatment program is designed to meet the needs of adolescents who have histories of trauma and drug and/or alcohol abuse. In many cases, the youth also have a history of truancy and gang associations, that resulted in serious trauma. Breakthrough helps youth make the transition to a successful, clean, and sober lifestyle.

Our program combines alcohol and drug abuse treatment, mental health treatment, skill development, education, and mentoring in therapeutic foster homes. The program provides youth with intensive treatment to enhance recovery.

We use foster homes, specialized in treating each boy’s specific needs, with caring foster parents as part of the treatment team. The foster parents provide structure, safety, and support to increase the youth’s ability to be accountable, demonstrate empathy, and graduate with new, pro-social behaviors.

We provide highly structured schedules, parent training, and opportunities to learn and practice pro-social interactions. We help youth build coping skills and provide a supportive structure wherein they can break from addictive habits. We help youth transition to appropriate placements including biological families, foster care, or independent living programs.

Whom We Help

We help youth who are between the ages of 13 to 17 and who have substance abuse issues.


We accept referrals from the Oregon Youth Authority and the general public.

Become a Breakthrough Foster Parent

To learn more about how you can become a Breakthrough foster parent, visit our Foster Parent Recruitment page.


Services are provided at our Sandy campus at 11035 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97220.

Contact Us

For more information on Breakthrough Day Treatment, please contact Jodie Teitelbaum at 503-736-6646 or


For more information on Breakthrough Foster Parenting, please contact Lora Elbon at 503-736-6654 or