Generation at risk: America’s youngest facing mental health crisis

By Melissa Cleland on December 13, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 5 American children ages 3 through 17 – about 15 million – have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder in a given year. Only 20 percent of these children are ever diagnosed and receive treatment; 80 percent – about 12 million – aren’t receiving treatment.

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2017 Holiday Newsletter

By Melissa Cleland on November 29, 2017

Please enjoy our 2017 Holiday Newsletter by clicking the image below.

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Foster Adoptive Parent Preparatory Instruction (FAPPI)

By Melissa Cleland on October 4, 2017

FAPPI is meant to support, train and educate foster and adoptive parents in Idaho. Parents will learn & develop skills to parent children who have
experienced trauma or struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Sexualized play and acting out, and other mental health issues. At the end of the class, parents will have a much better understanding of children with mental health needs and have a additional resources including other parents experiencing similar issues.

Date & Time

February 24 – 8:30am—5pm
March 24 – 9am—5pm
April 24 – 9am-5pm


Free — Space is limited
* Lunch will be provided each day
* Gas vouchers are available for those who qualify.

For more information and to register, please click here.


By Melissa Cleland on September 13, 2017

Our Meridian office will be offering a girls’ group for  Fall 2017. This girls’ group is based on the award-winning documentary “Miss Representation”. For details, click here.

2016-2017 Annual Report

By Melissa Cleland on September 6, 2017

To view our 2016-2017 Annual Report, please click here.


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Tena Lokken Named Children’s Home Board President

By Melissa Cleland on July 5, 2017

Children’s Home Society of Idaho Names Tena Lokken as Board President 

BOISE, Idaho (July 5, 2017) –  Children’s Home Society of Idaho, a Boise-based nonprofit organization which operates the Warm Springs Counseling Center and  provides quality mental, emotional, and behavioral health care to children in our community, named Tena Lokken as Board President during their recent annual meeting.

Board President, Tena Lokken said, “I’m thrilled to serve as the new President of the Children’s Home Society Board of Directors. Promoting mental, emotional and behavioral health for children in our community is the heart and soul of our mission. I am honored to lead such a wonderful board of directors, all of whom are equally committed to ensuring the success of that mission.”

During the meeting the organization’s new board of directors were elected.  Leading the organization for the upcoming year are: Tena Lokken, president; Mark Miller, vice president; Ann Cordum, past president; Brian Doster, treasurer; Anselme Sadiki, secretary. Marshall Baker, Jim Graham, and Jesse Hamilton, were elected Executive Committee members at large. Five members –Ann Cordum, Julie Gramer, Maria Mills, Scott Schoenherr, and Milford Terrell have extended their terms to 2020.


FINAL 2017 Board Photo

Back Row L to R: Judge Trott, Scott Schoenherr, Brian Doster, Jesse Hamilton, Tena Lokken, Susie Schumacher, Julie Gramer, Bonnie Schwenkfelder, Marshall Baker, and Jim Graham.

Front Row L to R: Maria Mills, Ann Cordum, Anselme Sadiki, and Milford Terrell.

Not pictured: Rob Turner, Mark Miller, Mark Houston, Kathryn Beattie


Registration is Open: Girls’ Group: Girls and the Media, Miss Representation

By Melissa Cleland on March 3, 2017

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Charity Golf Scramble – May 3, 2017

By Melissa Cleland on March 1, 2017

Please join us for a Charity Golf Scramble at Quail Hollow on May 3, 2017.

For more information, please click here.

Larry H. Miller Donates to Children’s Home

By Melissa Cleland on January 18, 2017

We’d like to thank Larry H. Miller (LHM Charities) who recently supported the Children’s Home Society of Idaho with a $5,000 donation. This donation will provide mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare to children in our community.  Thank you Larry H. Miller, we are grateful for your support!

Pictured Left to Right: CHS Executive Director Anselme Sadiki, Larry H. Miller Representative Jennifer Friedrich, and CHS Development Manager Jane Ahl.

Pictured Left to Right: CHS Executive Director, Anselme Sadiki; Larry H. Miller Representative, Jennifer Friedrich;  and CHS Development Manager, Jane Ahl.

2016 Holiday Newsletter

By Melissa Cleland on November 30, 2016

It’s the season of giving…  if you’d like to view our 2016 Holiday Newsletter, please click here.