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

Well, we got a placement. Little S showed up at 9pm last night with two bags of gear from the hospital (wellness review) and a willingness to hug any adult within reach. We had spent the last 3 hours hustling to get ready for a 12 month old, but this kid is 17 months. He’s a straight-up toddler! He wears shoes! We had two outfits in the mountain of baby clothes that would definitely fit him, so that will be a mission for today.
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We did bath time, read some books, and cuddled a bit before we settled him in for the night. I slept so badly, just waking up every hour or so to listen for him. He was fine. He’s doing just fine.
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He ate the banana and now he’s going after the peel. 🍌
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S had a visit with family today, and it sounds like a crowd showed up for him. What a lucky boy!
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We sent a “Hi family” note in a bag of spare diapers and wipes and snacks, letting them know what he’d eaten and what he’d been up to. We didn’t add anything personal, being a little apprehensive about the reception a foster family can get from a bio family. Foster care is messy.
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They wrote a “Hi family” note back, thanking us for opening our home to him until they can get him back permanently. It was lovely and we were a little emotional. It’s good to know he’s got people in his corner.
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WHAT IS YOUR WHY?

Thousands of Oregonians choose to be involved with the foster system. Why?

For me, it was a realization—then conviction—that in Rwanda where I’d focused 7 years of my career, everyone I knew and worked alongside took care of children in their village, children that weren’t their own biological children. Yet, there was no child protective services or legal process when kids were abused or neglected. In my cultural context in the US, I knew a couple families who had adopted, but embarrassingly didn’t know a single foster family...yet knew we had a robust child welfare system in the US. That led my husband and I on a journey to better understand the need and the opportunity in our backyard. When we learned about the need in our own community, we wanted to get involved and to engage however we could.

What’s your why?

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9.3.2019 | We can’t wait!⁠
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