Nurturing Happier, Healthier Children

Our mission is to help children with social, emotional and behavioral problems, and their families, lead successful lives.

Mental Health is as Important as Physical Health

Washburn Center for Children is the state’s leading children’s mental health center, caring for a wide variety of children’s needs such as:

  • attention deficit disorders
  • trauma
  • behavioral problems
  • anxiety
  • learning difficulties
  • depression

One out of five Minnesota children will experience mental health challenges, yet only 20% get the help they need. Washburn ensures caregivers have a resource to help kids who are hurting on the inside.

Washburn Center believes a child’s mental health is as important as their physical health. When children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges receive early intervention, they have happier childhoods, are less likely to fail academically, drop out of school or become involved in the juvenile justice system.

Our compassionate child therapists help children develop the skills to be successful at home, in school and in the community.

A Critical Community Resource

Washburn Center for Children has strengthened the Twin Cities community for 131 years. The nonprofit:

  • Is the state’s leading expert in childhood trauma
  • Developed a nationally recognized model for treating high-risk children, with the resulting research information being used by therapists across the nation
  • Provides quality assessment and treatment of children that incorporates evidence based practices, promising practices and new research — all to help children grow into healthy, productive adults

Who We Help

Washburn Center serves children from birth to age 18. Last year, we offered hope nearly 2,700 children and over 8,000 family members. In response to the community’s growing need, the nonprofit doubled the number of children it served in the past six years. Nearly 58% of children we serve are from families with low incomes.

Our Service Area

Washburn’s three office locations – Brooklyn Park, Minnetonka and Minneapolis – serve the entire Twin Cities metro area. The nonprofit also offers in-home services, and its school based program serves the Eden Prairie, Bloomington and Minneapolis school districts.

Our Vision

With over 130 years of experience in assisting high risk children in the Minneapolis area, Washburn Center for Children is the leader in helping children with social, emotional and behavioral problems and their families. As a community mental health center focused on children’s mental health, we strive to integrate innovative research into program practice, implement meaningful evaluation methods and provide effective training and consultation for agency staff and community collaborators.

We’re Built Around A Story Of Hope

Take a brief stroll through our history.

CARING FOR ORPHANED CHILDREN

EVOLVING TO MEET THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS

A FOCUS ON CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

CREATING A CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

A new facility To Meet the community’s needs

Cadwallader C. Washburn, co-founder of the milling company that has since become General Mills, founded the Washburn Memorial Orphan Asylum after a mill explosion left several children orphaned.

After the orphanage closed in 1924, the nonprofit began providing services for children in foster care.

Washburn Memorial Clinic opened as a mental health clinic, laying the foundation for Washburn to become the leading children’s mental health center in the state.

The agency changed its name to Washburn Center for Children and, in the following year, received the Nonprofit Excellence Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Having recently doubled the number of children served, Washburn plans to construct a new facility that will offer more Twin Cities children a place to grow and heal. Grand opening is anticipated in 2014.