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Young Relative Guardian Steps in for 3 Cousins

"When I was 18 yrs old my grandmother passed away unexpectedly. ODHS came in and took my three cousins, as there was no direction on where the children would go when she was gone. My whole world caved in. I felt alone and helpless not knowing where my cousins were. I started having dreams of…
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A Detailed Surprise

Every once in a while, we get the opportunity to bless families in unique (and practical!) ways. Last month, we were informed that a foster parent with four toddlers could greatly benefit from having help with cleaning the inside of their vehicle. As you can imagine, these four sweet Rugrats have really done a number…
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Foster care visitation center opens in Redmond

Foster care visitation center opens in Redmond A new visitation space for children in foster care opened early this month to serve the Central Oregon area. The new space, which provides a neutral place for children in foster care to meet with their parents, has three visitation rooms which were prepared and decorated by Every…
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My NeighbOR responds in the midst of wildfires

My NeighbOR responds in the midst of wildfires “Blue melted?” Three-year-old Johnny* is having a hard time understanding where his dinosaurs, Paw Patrol trucks, and favorite Blue’s Clues puppy are. He’s been asking many other tearful questions since the Oregon wildfires drove his foster family out of their home in the middle of the night…
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Foster Parent Spotlight: Anthony Dixon

Anthony Dixon has been a foster parent for almost 29 years. His foster care journey is something to be admired; full of courage and perseverance. Growing up, Anthony moved around a lot. His father was in the military and when Anthony was seven years old, his parents divorced. These combined experiences caused him to move around…
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The Simple Things

The Simple Things We got our first placement before school was out. As we settled in on our first night together, this chatty 7-year-old girl started telling us about her school we needed to take her to in the morning. As she was talking something seemed to dawn on her, she paused in her story,…
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Why I Foster

It's Foster Care Awareness Month!   May is Foster Care Awareness Month! This is a time where we spread awareness about the foster care system, acknowledge the foster care crisis in our state and highlight and thank all of those involved in touching the lives of these children at such high-stress times. But we also…
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Douglas County Makeover

Douglas County Makeover In Reedsport, Oregon, the transformation of the DHS office is providing an intentional and home-like space for children in care and their biological families. The spruce-up included new flooring, a dining table, storage for new toys, and a new couch! Even the waiting room got a new look!We are so thankful for Lowes, Home…
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