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“For every heartbreaking story, there is one of hope”

"Dear Every Child - I retired from Lane Co Child Welfare after 29 years. For every heartbreaking story, there is one of hope. The following event has given me hope for 17 years & counting. I have altered the names for you to ensure confidentiality in the hope you may share it with your audience.…
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I’m A Volunteer

"I'm not a doctor who can fix broken bones, I'm not a therapist who can mend broken ideologies, nor am I anywhere near to being a foster parent who can provide shelter. But I'm a volunteer that has been consistent, and through that I've become a friend to a child who needs to know they…
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Camp Stories of Welcoming Kids in Care

"Over the first week of July, Grove Christian Camp offered scholarships for 18 kids in foster care from Cottage Grove to attend a full week of camp for free! Grove Camp has a service focus for each camp, and last week it was Every Child. So I went and spent the whole week out there.…
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Improving Oregon’s Foster Care Together

"Oregonians care deeply about justice and improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families. Poet E.E. Cummings wrote, "Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question." When we think about the well-being of our communities, instead of just asking big questions of elected and appointed officials, perhaps the beautiful question to ask…
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TLC at the Linn-Benton DHS Office

“Our goal was to have spaces created where families feel welcomed in, and can enter a room and enjoy the space and their time with each other--and hopefully shut off the distractions of the outside world and the fact that they’re at DHS… Achieved!” - Andrea H. In an interview with Benton County’s Every Child…
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Lessons from a Foster Parent

Shortly after moving to Portland, James and Cassie began hearing about the number of children spending time in Oregon’s foster care system. That’s when the first seeds were planted that they would someday become foster parents. Fast forward two years, and this same couple has had the honor of having two young foster children in…
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Foster Parents’ Night Out, an official initiative of Every Child

For the past six years, Foster Parents' Night Out has worked closely with the Portland-based affiliate of Every Child Oregon, Embrace Oregon. The monthly four-hour respite event—known widely as “FPNO”—began in Salem in 2006, and has now grown to 19 sites across Oregon. In many counties across Oregon, Every Child and FPNO shared volunteers, served…
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Calling All Community Members

"I'm sorry, but I can't help with this," a woman shared upon hearing Every Child's announcement for folks to learn more about foster care. She shared about how her life's circumstances would prevent her from becoming a foster parent, and because of that she didn't believe she was strong enough to help our foster care…
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Life to the Fullest

"This past Sunday morning I answered my phone at 3 am, after hearing it ring our landline and then start on my cell phone. It was CPS asking us to take an emergency placement. We were not on the emergency placement list, our house was “full” with 5 kids already. And my husband just had…
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I know this incredible woman.

I know this incredible woman. She is fostering 4 beautiful children. One day, as I watched how she balanced 4 different emotions, 4 different needs, 4 different wants, and I was struck by her grace and patience. "How do you do it?" I asked her. "Whenever it is hard, whenever I am exhausted beyond belief,…
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