Kids in foster care need you.

The foster system is complex, yet the kids and families involved need their community’s help. We’ve seen the impact when community members step forward to volunteer, when businesses or faith communities decide to transform spaces at DHS offices, and when foster families provide a safe landing place for children who have experienced trauma.

No doubt, foster care is messy. Despite all of this, kids are worth it.

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Anthony

“I can try to help one kid—maybe they can help someone else.”

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Alexandra

“These are our leaders of tomorrow.”

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David

“The hard times are worth it.”

#WORTHITOREGON

Our girl.
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Not going to lie, this day started off really really rough. But this kid; she is brave and trusting and expresses her feelings. We all get frustrated and mad sometimes, it’s what comes afterwards that matters.
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Becoming an instant parent to a middle schooler isn’t easy, but it is such an honor to be her safe place, her comfort, and her home.
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Today was hard and I’m going to bed feeling thankful and protective of the bond we’ve formed. She’s our girl.
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#fosterlove #fostercare #lgbtqparents #lgbtqparenting #pdxparent #worthitoregon #everychild #fosterparent #fosterparents
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We’re on the hotline list for this weekend! ☎️ Follow along on our foster parent adventures at nobodyreadsminds. 👩‍👩‍👦
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#fosterparents #fostermoms #thisisfostercare #worthitoregon everychildor
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Local woman converts crib to twin bed in preparation for short-term arrival. nobodyreadsminds .
#thisisfostercare #fosterparents #worthitoregon #yikes #middleschooler #fostermom #lgbtfosterparent #handy
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I’ve looked at this picture probably a few 100 times since yesterday
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words
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But I just have one
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THANKFUL
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3.5 years of emotions in one shot
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I’m thankful for so much in this season. Things that will make sense to others and many that will not
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One of the things I’m thankful most of all is power of prayer
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Prayers to get me to the next day
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Prayers to help teach me grace
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Prayers to smile when I wanted to cry :
Prayers to speak in truth no matter the cost
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What is one thing your thankful for today that has changed the way you look at the season your in today? #fostercare #fosteringsaveslives #foster #fostertoadopt #thankful #prayer #geronimo #fostering #adoption #season #worthitoregon #fosterlove herviewfromhome togetherwerise embrace_oregon
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Ignorance is bliss.

So the saying goes. Being aware of the systems that favor some people over others for labels that aren’t fair or true of one’s identity, is a shocking discovery. A shocking discovery that can lead to motivation and then exhaustion. Exhaustion from trying to find solutions to fix broken systems, solutions to heal and mend broken families and change lives.

It’s really hard to become aware and do nothing.

And as exhausting as the awareness is, my hope for 2020 is that more people become aware and completely exhaust themselves trying to find solutions for kids and families affected by foster care.

I hope we can find at least enough people to become foster parents. But the digestion of those words is tough.

At least enough.

Wouldn’t it be great if we found so many people willing to take in kids that they would be waiting on kids to fill their rooms; not the other way around?

But for now, “at least enough” would make a world of change.

I hope we, as a community, can support biological families who simply don’t have the support system needed to raise their own kids, because it’s no easy feat. A strong support system is necessary and poverty or lack of resources or support shouldn’t end with a family being separated.

I hope that we can create more inclusive communities where kids in foster care can see themselves reaching for the sky, creating big goals, and crushing them. Because even though they might have been dealt a rough hand in life, they are capable and so so worthy.

I hope these things and every time I do anything, I ask myself, “how is this helping me do what matters?” Ignorance is bliss and the awareness is exhausting. But I’m here for the long haul because we owe it to these kids.

#WorthItOregon #betterlatethannever #everychildambassador everychildor
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I’m nearing one year of being part of the everychildor crew and I can tell you that this has been the greatest, most eye opening year of my life. I’ve jumped out of my comfort zone into the trenches of this heart-work for my community.
I lead an incredible team of ambassadors and together we help raise awareness about# fostercare in #oregon.

I can say I spend my time serving my community’s most vulnerable children and families through compelling and thoughtful storytelling on social media but the reality is, through this storytelling my heart has changed. In attempt to help kids and families who are navigating foster care, and everything that comes with that, I’ve become a better version of myself and so the cycle will continue. I will continue to raise awareness, attempt to change the narrative around kids in foster care and their biological parents, and encourage foster parent support. And my heart will continue to change and grow with empathy and love for all.
Kids in foster care are #worthitoregon. So are their biological parents, and their foster families. We’re all in this together. We’re all on the same team.
#everychildambassador #thisisfostercare #showuporegon
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“Remember, she is learning so much. You are changing the anatomy of her brain.” - L’s therapist
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This has been one of the most helpful reminders for us. 2 months in, L has been learning so much: how to live in a new house; how to compromise; a new bedtime routine (“They read to me every night!”); meeting gay people for the first time (us!); grudgingly accepted screen time limits.
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There is so much new in her life, but she has weathered it with humor and grace and only a few big meltdowns. We’re in awe of her resiliency and are looking forward to seeing what progress she makes in the next few months.
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#fostercare #fosterparents #lgbtqparents #WorthItOregon #fosterlove #gayparents #team2moms #pdxparent everychildor embrace_oregon
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Last week I shared a post on how we see you. How I understand the juggle of it all
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And here at Geronimo Project we wanted to remind you to be present in this season
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I know, I know but your to do list
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BE THE GIFT GIVEAWAY
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I am offering 1 FREE LOCAL HOUSE CLEANING....say what!! Yes, you heard me I’m offering you a cleaning with me aka A Clean & Decluttered Life
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For all you non locals don’t worry I have not forgotten about you. For you I will be sending a fun care package
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A bottle of my fave Jolee Rose delriovineyards & Druids Fluid troonwines , a Visa $50 gift card and a custom t-shirt “The Tiny Humans Stole My Sanity” from PROPH E CY proph_e_cy :
RULES are simple-LIKE this post, FOLLOW our IG page, TAG two friends, and comment GERONIMO. Look for the next BE THE GIFT ANNOUNCEMENT
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One winner will be picked on 12/23 right here on our IG Page. Care package will be sent out 12/30 and cleaning can be booked 1/6/2020 and is good till 1/31/2020
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This is a INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS ONLY giveaway AND IS NOT SPONSORED BY INSTAGRAM or ANY OTHER BUSINESSES. Must be 21+ to win items #fostercare #fosteringsaveslives #foster #fostering #fosteringlove #adoption #adopt #beagift #southernoregon #fostermama #fostermom #christmas #worthitoregon #portlandoregon #eugeneoregon #ashlandoregon #centralpointoregon #medfordoregon #salemoregon #bendoregon #brookingsoregon
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New foster son in our home for the holidays 👶🏽🎄 He's brand new, just 11 days old!
#fosterlove #embraceoregon #worthitoregon #showuporegon #thisisfostercare
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