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Oregon Expands My NeighbOR Program For Foster Families Statewide

Oregon Expands My NeighbOR Program For Foster Families Statewide "In late March 2020, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) partnered with non-profit Every Child to launch the My NeighbOR program and expand it to foster families statewide. "The goal is to provide immediate support and comprehensive statewide emergency response for foster families in 36…
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Every Child Expansion Efforts in Klamath County

“Many people have this perception of foster parents, and social workers, but they really don’t understand what they go through, the sacrifices that are made,” said Brooke Gray. Gray is the executive director of government partnerships at Portland Leadership Foundation, which sponsors the Every Child Oregon initiative. The initiative is designed to encourage Oregonians to…
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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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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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Q and A with Oregon’s Director of Child Welfare

"We need to be accountable for everything that we do as an organization. And I think that that’s one of the fun things that I bring to this business. Not only was I a foster parent and an adoptive parent, I worked in the private sector for many years. And so being able to look…
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Interview with Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation

“We have tried to disrupt the paradigm that most Oregonians assume, which is either you're a foster parent or you do nothing,” --Ben Sand, CEO of Portland Leadership Foundation. What if you knew that you could make a difference in the life of child by meeting a tangible need, volunteering your time, or writing a…
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