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Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Crisis Support


2400 NE 95th StSeattle, WA 98115 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

As a leader in behavioral health services for children and their families, we believe that our innovative, proven therapies can help children and their parents realize better lives. Ryther uses experiential learning activities and evidence-based and best practices to nurture healthy children and stronger families. We include the whole family within our interdisciplinary approach.

Ryther offers and develops safe places and opportunities for children, youth and families to heal and grow so that they can reach their highest potential.

Ryther will be the recognized leader in providing and advocating a comprehensive continuum of care and assistance for children, youth and families experiencing or at risk from neglect, mental illness, or emotional, physical, sexual and/or chemical abuse.

In fulfilling our purpose and vision, Ryther will observe, abide by, and be known for our fidelity to the following values:

  • Current, Relevant and Realistic
  • Prudent and Safe
  • Demonstrated Excellence
  • Family
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Ethical Behavior
  • Culturally Competent


Ryther is a recognized leader in behavioral health services for Washington state children and their families facing complex challenges. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive services and innovative treatments. We guide, coach and teach so that every child and family we work with may experience new ways of thinking, develop positive relationships, and realize a better life.

Founded in 1885, Ryther is one of the region's most enduring nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable children and their families. As a thought-leader in our field, we evolved from the traditional orphanage model in the 1930s and refocused our mission to treat troubled children using innovative and proven therapeutic techniques.

Today, we serve children and adolescents referred by parents, physicians, state agencies, courts, schools and other providers working with children. We have expanded our services to include programs and solutions for families with children who have challenges stemming from trauma, mental illness, substance abuse, Autism Spectrum Disorders, or adjustment issues with school, peers or parents.

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