Nurturing Hope

It is so hard to be a parent- to love unconditionally, to be attuned to your child’s needs 24/7, to recreate your identity- and to enjoy what you have while you have it. It is especially difficult to be a parent of a child with a chronic or terminal illness- to be absolutely overwhelmed as a parent, to want to hold back and feel guilty for doing so, to forget how to have fun- and there is very little support or awareness in our society about this.

Youth Contact does offer a free Nurturing Hope parenting class for parents of children with a chronic or terminal health diagnosis. Our current class, offered at Tuality Community Hospital, has just reached it’s 6 week halfway point. These mothers and fathers are brave people committed to being the best parents they can be. They are opening up the discussion of what it means to nurture a child with additional barriers.

If you want to learn more (and you should, regardless of whether you have children or if your kiddos have health concerns), watch this 10 minute video about how a couple dealt with the diagnosis of cancer in their newborn son. These parents processed their grief in a way that is real, sorrowful, and inspiring at the same time.

If you are interested in signing up for future classes, please call or email Sarah Cordua at (503)640-4222×713 or

Somali Parenting Class FULL

Due to the hard work of several of our community members, the Somali Nurturing Parenting class Youth Contact is offering is completely full! We have over 65 participants signed up to attend this compendious 7 week series.

Thank you Kaltun Caynan, Elena Pineda, and Leslie Moguil for all your hard work getting the word out. Without your support we would not be able to do what we do. What a difference we can make together!

Warm regards,

Sarah Cordua


Free Parenting Class Series in Sherwood

I am happy to share that Youth Contact in partnership with the Sherwood School District will be offering a parenting education series from April 13th – May 25th. This class meets once a week every Thursday for 7 weeks. Parents will learn strategies for effective problem solving, ways to establish discipline, tips for setting age-appropriate expectations and much more! Registration for this workshop is now open, but note that spaces often fill quickly and are limited to 20 families.

Program Details:


Sherwood Family Resource Center

21970 SW Sherwood Blvd. Portable #46

Sherwood, OR 97140


April 17th-May 25th

Thursdays from 6-8PM


FREE! Class, dinner and childcare are provided at no cost.


Parents of children ages 3-8

To Register Contact:

Sarah Cordua

Program Coordinator

(503) 640-4222×713


Rebeccah Wagner

Family Resource Manager

(503) 825-5486