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Griffin Home

“Griffin Home helped me see that my behaviors were not moving me to my goals, and that I did have healthy role models to support me.”

Joshua, Griffin Home Resident

Since 1954, Griffin Home Residential Treatment Programs have offered a caring, therapeutic environment where troubled adolescent boys can build new hope for the future by gaining responsibility, making healthy choices and demonstrating self-sufficiency. The program balances concern for youth and their families with the rights of those in the community.

Here, boys who would benefit from a group living experience obtain help with independent living, mental health issues, or sexual behavior problems. All youth receive individualized attention and 24-hour supervision including:

Treatment Facility

Griffin Home Campus is ideally situated on six acres in Renton, on beautiful Lake Washington. The quiet setting allows residents (12-18 years old) to focus on their treatment programs while being closely monitored in a homelike atmosphere. It includes:


Youth are referred by the Children's Administration or the Office of Refugee Resettlement through the Division of Children's Services. Every attempt is made to screen out youth who require physical restraint, do not comply with supervision expectations or are deemed a high risk to the community.


Used by the clinical staff to develop an individualized treatment plan for each youth, assessment includes:

Residential Treatment

McEachern House–McEachern House is Friends of Youth's Residential Program for Unaccompanied Youth. (more)

Matsen House–Friends of Youth’s specialized treatment program follows national standards of treatment for adolescents with sexual behavior problems. (more)

Colin-Ferguson House–Offering an Independent Living Skills program helps build responsible living. (more)

Academic Services

Because troubled youth frequently experience academic and disciplinary problems in school and fall behind in their studies, Griffin Home has an on-campus educational program provided by the Renton School District agreement. The school provides a full-time teacher and aide and services of a principal. A second school is supported by federal funding through the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Family Involvement

Family participation plays an integral role in successfully treating adolescents. From the beginning of the treatment process, family therapy sessions are encouraged. This allows staff to work with the family as a whole - including extended family - to improve communication, resolve conflicts and strengthen family relationships. To aid in the process, leaves and passes are available.

Contact: (425) 228-5776 or (206) 772-5400

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