Around 7,500 children are in foster care
More than 800 certified foster families as a direct result of our effort
We offer 10 different volunteer opportunities
Play Video: Helen


Who had the biggest impact on your life while you were in foster care?

Play Video: Foster parenting

Foster parenting

Learn what foster parenting looks like for a local family.

Play Video: Biological families + foster parents

Biological families + foster parents

Jillana has been changed by her relationship with her child's biological family for the better.

Play Video: Respite care

Respite care

Learn more about what respite care looks like from Kayla. Kayla is a volunteer who provides respite for a foster family in her community. She watches the kiddos in care to give the parents a date night or a night to grocery shop.

Play Video: Family dynamics

Family dynamics

Jillana is a Foster and Adoptive parent. In this video, she shares how she talks to her biological children about foster care.

Play Video: Showing up for kids

Showing up for kids

What does showing up for kids in foster care look like?

Play Video: Become a volunteer today!

Become a volunteer today!

Learn why you are needed to come alongside kids in care.

Play Video: Meet Jenna!

Meet Jenna!

Jenna is a DHS Caseworker and works closely with vulnerable families. Watch this video to learn how she cares for kids in foster care and families.

Play Video: Greater capacity to love

Greater capacity to love

Gavin has volunteered with Foster Parents' Night Out for the last several years. Showing up for kids in foster care has taught him so much.

Play Video: Business partnerships!

Business partnerships!

Every Child Oregon has several ways businesses can partner with the foster care community.


If your life was a book, then we were just a sentence. A short one. A transition between paragraphs. You were here for eleven days. Eleven days that completely altered who we are. That proved to me that we are made for this. Fostering. Knowing and loving you for those days brought a remarkable sense of joy and peace. A confirmation of a calling so intricately woven by God.

Watching you go was hard but we know you are headed to a family who is so ready to love you. One that we hope is your forever. We are so excited for them. And for you.

Lil bean, thank you for being the first to pave the way for so many. For making us mamas. For opening our hearts. For keeping our passion for this work alive. I hope and pray that every page of your story continues to be written with love.

You are loved. .
#worthitoregon #thisisfostercare #twosinglesfoster #mandaandcaitfoster #thefosteryears #gettooattached #fosterlove

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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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It’s been a whirlwind since you got here lil bean. I have never been more in love. More content sitting still. More exhausted. More overwhelmed with emotions - gratitude, heartache, joy. Emotions that seem opposing but DO exist simultaneously. Especially in this work. When I see you, I am reminded of how much God must love me.

We are so happy you’re here.
#thisisfostercare #fosterlove #worthitoregon #thefosteryears #twosinglesfoster #gettooattached

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“Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” - Psalms‬ ‭94:16‬

I always look forward to the question that for some, can seem so mundane: “What do you do for work?” I’ve never seen it, but I know my face lights up. The second I’m faced with that question, the butterflies stir and the smile on my face is likely similar to a childlike passion. You know, the passion you showed before you mastered the poker face that most adults have. Everyone who’s ever asked is right - my job is a dream. It’s fulfilling.

But justice work is really hard when injustice is so prevalent; the default.

The urge to “fix” problems that are so much bigger than me is overwhelming. The overwhelm is often paralyzing, and I have to remind myself that this isn’t a task-based job; my to-do list is incessant. Justice work is hard. It kicks me down with its harsh realities and day after day, the work I get to do offers its hand in hope, for the future.

I’m grateful for colleagues - family - who have been doing this much longer than me and know what it’s like to be in the trenches of this work. I spent the first 2 hours of my day, nose buried in these pages, renewing my soul 📖 .
#breadfortheresistance #bookstagram #bookworm #justice #socialjusticework #nonprofitlife #nonprofit #hope #future #vscocam #vsco #bangsambassador #livebangs bangsshoes bangsambassadors #worthitoregon #everychildambassador #instagood #igdaily #igers #instagood #instadaily #bangsgivesback #giveback

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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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We've had this big guy since he was released from the NICU as a premie. He was a really little guy back then, which seems a lot longer than just 5 months ago. We've been through a lot of hills and valleys since he's been in our home, and he has definitely been the brightest part. He will be moving to a new home tomorrow, and we will miss him. He's a lot cuter without the emoji sunglasses too. #fosterlove #embraceoregon #worthitoregon #showuporegon #thisisfostercare ...

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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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Last week, my kids and I did a mini-presentation about everychildor to our homeschool co-op. Nothing fancy, just shared our experience with foster care and all the different ways people can help the kids and families involved. This week, we came home with 8 welcome boxes and some fleece blankets - all donated by the families in our group. Sometimes it really is that simple. *Not pictured: all the amazing, awareness-raising conversations around foster care and the work of Every Child Linn Benton. 💗💗 #worthitoregon

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Merry Christmas from the Riedls!
#fosterlove #embraceoregon #worthitoregon #showuporegon #thisisfostercare

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