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

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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.

Take the next step by filling out the form below, and an Every Child representative will be in touch with you as soon as possible.


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.
#thisisfostercare #twosinglesfoster #fosterlove #gettooattached #thefosteryears #mandaandcaitfoster #worthitoregon

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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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“Love boldly with no agenda, without expecting something in return. Love for the sake of love.” -Jenessa Wait
#twosinglesfoster #mandandcaitfoster #loveforthesakeoflove #worthitoregon #gettooattached #loveauthentic #livesimple #thisisfostercare #thefosteryears

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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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“For one so small, you seem so strong. My arms will hold you, keep you safe and warm.”
The other day, Vahnya told us to sing the Tarzan song to baby girl. And maybe he was onto something. My arms WILL keep you safe and warm. I don’t know how long I will have the privilege of holding you, but my arms will never forget you. The way you effortlessly fit into them. And how it feels to hold you while you eat in the middle of the night. Right now my arms are sore from holding you, but I won’t take it for granted because I know someday they’ll ache to hold you again.
#mandaandcaitfoster #thefosteryears #twosinglesfoster #holdyoutight #youllbeinmyheart #thisisfostercare #worthitoregon #gettooattached

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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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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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#FosterCareAwarenessMonth Day 23: Sweetest thing a foster child has ever said to you.

In the 7 months that L has been with us she has often said things that warm our hearts. From expressing that it’s hard to let us go at bedtime, to telling us that we’re the best foster parents she’s ever had, to jokingly complaining that our weirdness is rubbing off on her.

But the sweetest thing she’s done is create a power point to express appreciation for our parenting, it was creative, thoughtful and insightful and a good reminder for us at how much a kid can learn in a short amount of time.

#fostercare #thisisfostercare #fosterparents #lgbtfosterparents #gettooattached #worthitoregon #fosterlove #fosterthefamily #fostercareawarenessmonth #speakupforfosterkids #fosterkids #oregonfostercare #fostermom #nobodyreadsminds #fosterkids

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