We believe every child deserves mental healthcare.


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Serving the Children and Families of Clark County

To serve children, youth and families through comprehensive community-based mental health services.

Children’s Center was founded to serve the community by providing quality mental health services to children and families of Clark County. We are committed to serving all children in need within our resources. Our ultimate goal is for every child and family in Clark County to have access to mental health services.

Children’s Center is an agency where everyone is valued and treated with dignity and respect and individual differences are accepted.

We aim to always…

  • Maintain the highest standards of care
  • Support individual and family strengths
  • Provide help at the earliest point possible
  • Partner with other community providers
  • Advocate and plan for the needs of children and families
Our story

Changing and saving lives for 30 years

Children’s Center was founded In 1989 by a group of concerned citizens. They were astounded by the incredible wait-times that vulnerable children and families faced for mental health services. Our goal is for every child and family in Clark County to have access to mental health services.

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Our Values

Children’s Center serves a vital role in providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families. Thousands of people depend on our services each year, making our work is an integral part of the community. This is a role we take very seriously. The values outlined here protect guide our work, protect our clients, and are cornerstones of our mission and goals.

Message from the Executive Director

Executive Director Matthew Butte discusses how Children’s Center has adapted to unprecedented changes in this video update.

A message from the Children’s Center Board of Directors:

Children’s Center is a place of healing and health that welcomes all.   We are deeply devastated, heartbroken, and outraged by the inequity and injustice in the world. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery highlight the long history of violence against Black people and people of Color. Our hearts go out to their families and the countless numbers of others who have lost their lives and experienced racism. We join our voices in denouncing racialized violence and systemic oppression in all its forms and stand in support of racial equality and all those who search for it.   We will continue to add to our resources for staff and clients, and include continuous exploration and re-evaluation of our internal racial equity practices in order that we may better contribute to the healing and change needed in our lives, in our communities, and in society at large.

A message from the Children’s Center Board of Directors:

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen increased acts of harassment and violence against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities around our nation. These acts have taken a variety of forms including the use of racial slurs, discriminatory behavior and physical attacks. Our deepest sympathy to all who have been impacted and who have suffered by these violent acts as well as countless related aggressions rooted in intolerance and hatred. Please accept our deepest condolences to those who have friends, family members who have been victims of these hate crimes. The Board of Children’s Center condemns all such racially motivated and xenophobic acts of harassment and violence. The killing of eight people in Atlanta reminds us of the need to speak out against the rise in hate crimes and against the trauma inflicted on members of our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities and we offer our support to all facing such pressure. This past year has been unrelenting. But we are stronger when we stand together to face down the gender bias and racism that affect our nation.

Our Values


The diversity among us shall be valued as a strength of the organization. All individuals will be treated with respect, courtesy, kindness and concern, and, there shall be no discrimination based upon ethnicity, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, financial status or political beliefs.

Continual Improvement

An environment of personal and professional growth, learning and accountability shall be fostered.

Continuous quality improvement of services which includes professional development, education and training.

Embracing Change

Flexibility, cooperation and adaptation to change shall be expected of all staff.

High Standards

Serving children and families within the highest standards of care which promotes consumer and family involvement.

Maintaining high standards of treatment services and ongoing program evaluation.

Personalized Care

Promoting a client-directed, outcome-informed treatment approach that is respectful of families and supports individual and family strengths.

Cooperation & Collaboration

Working effectively in partnership with other community providers and groups to empower and strengthen the family.

Our Impact

For 30 years Children’s Center has been changing and saving lives, thanks to your support! Become a Champion of Hope and help keep us strong for the next 30 years.

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Early intervention is key. If you or your child is struggling please get in touch today.

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Contact Us Today

Location: 13500 SE 7th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683 | Map

Telephone: (360) 699-2244
Fax: (360) 699-1900

Hours: M-Th: 8am - 7pm & Fri: 8am-1pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Children's Center that no person shall be subjected to discrimination in this agency.  All aspects of program activities and services are administrated without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, marital status, physical disabilities, veteran status, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability, which includes persons known to be HIV positive or have AIDS.  Children's Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.