Stories

Dear Biological Mom

Dear Biological Mom of Our Foster Daughter, Neither of us would have chosen to have our lives collide this way. The first time I met you, I was picking up our foster daughter from a visit at the child welfare office. You had a backpack full of her clothes and favorite books for me. I…
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Interview with a Foster Mom

What made you decide to become a foster parent? When we began going to a new church we met many incredible individuals who were fostering and we began to learn more about the crisis in our community. I remember thinking how outrageous it was that there so many children needing homes in a large city…
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Through it Together

“The day I was removed from my home is a day I will never forget. I remember getting out of the police car and walking into a house that was not my own. Sitting on a different bed, in a different room, and missing my mom and brothers so deeply. Even though the world kept…
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Linking Arms for Oregon’s Children

It’s not hard to find a silver lining. Even in the challenges our state’s Department of Human Services system faces—and with all eyes on DHS from the Governor’s office to the local level government—we’re seeing some encouraging progress. In the past months, there’s been a renewed commitment to work together across agency lines, to infuse…
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An Easter to Remember

Riverbend Church in Bend really rallied around children in care this easter! Together the church made 65 Easter Baskets for children in care in their community! What an incredible impact these made on the dignity, worth and value of children in care, but also how encouraging it is to our partners at DHS to see the…
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Something is everything!

Every Child's Executive Director Brooke Gray had the opportunity to share some of the greatest needs on KATU News! There are so many ways that Oregonians can give to youth and kids in foster care. Click the link below to watch the video and learn about the little things you can do! http://katu.com/…/…/little-things-you-can-do-for-foster-kids    
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The Impact of Saying “Yes”

I started working with Every Child with my own internal commitment to be a behind the scenes worker. I'd seen the heartbreak of foster parenting when we adopted our children from care, and I wanted none of that for myself. When I was asked to be a member of a respite team for a foster…
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A Generous Community

The community in Yamhill County  has rallied around their local DHS office in incredible ways! They have begun monthly DHS hospitality events to take the time to show their DHS employees how appreciated and valued they are! Community members, faith communities, and local businesses have all been getting involved to show DHS love and support…
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A Turning Tide

hos•pi•tal•i•ty generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)   Whenever someone new moves into my grandmother’s neighborhood, she makes her way over there with a freshly baked delectable from the Taste of Home archives nearly before the moving truck has pulled away. Last year, she delivered cookies to her gas attendant. And,…
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Shyla’s Story

I entered foster care at the age of 16 with my 4 younger brothers that were 6 years old and younger. Our parents had serious drug problems and were very violent to each other and we didn't have a lot of money. We lived in cars, shelters, friends and family's houses. DHS said our house…
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