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

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.

#WORTHITOREGON

Our quarantine just got a lot more exciting!
Routine may be lacking and the world feels out of control, but what I know for sure is that holding you in my arms feels grounding. Looking into your eyes stills the chaos. And loving you is gonna be easy, little flower.
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#thisisfostercare #twosinglesfoster #fosterlove #gettooattached #thefosteryears #mandaandcaitfoster #worthitoregon
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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. .
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#worthitoregon #thisisfostercare #twosinglesfoster #mandaandcaitfoster #thefosteryears #gettooattached #fosterlove
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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.
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#thisisfostercare #fosterlove #worthitoregon #thefosteryears #twosinglesfoster #gettooattached
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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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Here’s the thing, quarantine in a 700 square foot house with a kid while also trying to work is HARD.
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We’re slowing figuring out a structure and schedule that works for us and for L.
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Tonight she sequestered herself in schmelinor’s office with her new art box and her audiobook and took drawing requests from us. It was adorable and also gave us a little break so we could have dinner just the two of us.
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It’s the little wins that we’re counting right now.
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#fostercare #thisisfostercare #fosterparents #queerfosterfamily #pdxparents #fosterlove #gettooattached #worthitoregon #gayparents
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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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Merry Christmas from the Riedls!
#fosterlove #embraceoregon #worthitoregon #showuporegon #thisisfostercare
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If you’re like me, you’re a bit [emotionally] exhausted. I haven’t posted in a while as I’ve been learning/thinking/decision-making. We are at home, distancing our family from others. Even the little errands (like hair cuts and soccer practice) we are forgoing in hopes of doing our part to lower the stress on medical resources in the near future. 🌈 ⁣

So, today I’m turning to what I can do for others. For those that follow my stories, you know I put together “care boxes” for kids transitioning into foster care. So last month, I got a lot of tween girl book suggestions, so I’m doing another tween box this month. The last one was fairly gender neutral, but this one is going to be quite pink and girly. I picked out this Snow White graphic novel by Disney + Dark Horse because ...⁣

1) Snow White gets to know the prince as a friend in the beginning⁣
2) more character development between the queen and Snow White⁣
3) the drawings are gorgeous!⁣

Anyway, I’m excited to include this graphic novel in the box! We always do these as a family anyway, but maybe you’ll do service as a family this week, too.⁣

I’ll share the final project later this month (in my stories). I already have most everything and the last few things I *think* I can get online.🤞🏼 (I’ll hold everything for 14 days before I drop it to the local donation center. Safety first. Either way, the donations will be donated, eventually.) 🧡⁣

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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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