About Every Child Curry County
Last year, 8,620 children spent time in foster care in Oregon. 66.1% spent time in more than one foster home. Many were split from their siblings. There are 146 families certified in our counties to respond to this need.
If a natural disaster hit our state and children were wandering the street without someone to care for them, each of us would open our homes to help in the crisis. With more than 11,000 children in foster care and more entering the system every day, we’re in the midst of a disaster in our state.
Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) works to care for children and families in crisis, but is often left with few resources for volunteer and foster parent recruitment efforts.
If we don’t step in, many children will be left without the care, comfort, and safety of a loving home during times of trauma, transition, and uncertainty. We can do better for Oregon’s children. We know that Oregon’s communities want to take action, and just don’t know where to begin. Many of us feel helpless, doing nothing or never considering foster parenting.
Every Child invites the community to partner with Oregon’s Department of Human Services (ODHS) to aid vulnerable children in foster care and to support foster families. Everyone has something to bring to foster care — be it donating, volunteering, or by becoming a foster parent.
By doing so, we’re able to bring love, care, and support to children in foster care and families who previously had nowhere else to turn
We would love to invite you to join us for a virtual “Explore Fostering Coffee House” for Curry and Coos County to hear first-hand experiences from local foster parents. Whether you’re curious about foster parenting down the road or in the process of becoming certified, this gathering is specifically designed for you! This is an excellent venue to invite your parents, friends or those that may support you as you discern and begin to engage in foster care. You’ll have some great takeaways from this evening and those who have attended in the past have commented it’s well worth the investment of time.
Registration for this event will close 24 hours prior to the scheduled event. Once registration is complete, participants will receive an email invitation with a Zoom link to this virtual event. Please reach out to us at email@example.com with your questions.
What is the purpose of Foster Parents’ Night Out (FPNO)? Respite. Retention. Relationship. FPNO provides a break for foster (resource) parents one evening a month so they can enjoy some time to care for themselves while trained volunteers care for their children. And, while providing support for foster (resource) parents, these monthly events give children the opportunity to build healthy relationships with other adults who care for them in a safe, nurturing environment.
What will children be doing at FPNO?
• Delicious snacks and dinner. The menus are always kid friendly.
• Games for active play. This can include basketball or other gym activities like obstacle courses or relay games.
• Games for quiet play. This can include Legos, Play Doh, board games, card games, puzzles and bingo.
• Arts and crafts. Kids create a variety of fun and simple projects to take home.
• Special events. This can include things like a music concert, karaoke contest, talent show or special guest
• Reading books. Bring a favorite storybook for a volunteer to read to your child.
• Relationship building. Elementary and older children receive lots of attention and have the opportunity to build healthy relationships with other children and adults
• Nursery aged children enjoy a safe play space with lots of one-on-one attention. Babies are held and cuddled.
Contact your ODHS certifier for more information and a referral to the next FPNO in Brookings.