Robinswood is a residential program for difficult to place DHS foster youth ages 9-20. Robinswood is located on the Youth Villages campus in Lake Oswego and provides housing to youth of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

The Robinswood team uses a trauma-informed approach to behavior management and leverages Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as its guiding methodology. Residents work closely with their Qualified Mental Health Professional and Clinical Case Manager to develop services plans and goals for educational, social, and independent living while residing at Robinswood. Youth also participate in consistent daily programming which may include skills groups, community outings, sports and fitness, and visits with friends and family.

The Robinswood team works to prepare youth for transition and advocates for permanent placements for that support their long-term goals and unique characteristics.

To learn more about the journey to create Robinswood and its successes, read the Willamette Week December 11 cover story, “A Minor Miracle: Finally, Some Good News About Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care” by Steve Duin.

Per Oregon Senate Bill 710, New Avenues for Youth submits quarterly reports to the Oregon Department of Human Services tracking  the frequency of restraint and involuntary seclusion, as well as the demographics of children in care on whom such techniques are used. These reports are accessible to the public via the ODHS website at: