Last year, 11,101 children spent time in foster care, and 600 of those were in Marion County. 66.1% spent time in more than one foster home. Many were split from their siblings.
If a natural disaster hit our state and children were wandering the street without someone to care for them, each of us would open our homes to help in the crisis. With more than 11,00 children in foster care and more entering the system every day, we're in the midst of a disaster in our state.
Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) works to care for children and families in crisis, but is often left with few resources for volunteer and foster parent recruitment efforts.
If we don’t step in, many children will be left without the care, comfort, and safety of a loving home during times of trauma, transition, and uncertainty. We can do better for Oregon's children. We know that Oregon's communities want to take action, and just don’t know where to begin. Many of us feel helpless, doing nothing or never considering foster parenting.
Every Child presents a new paradigm for Oregonians.
Every Child gathers families in partnership with Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to aide vulnerable children and families. Everyone has something to bring to foster care — be it donating, volunteering, or fostering.
And by doing so, we’re able to bring love, care, and support to vulnerable children and families who previously had nowhere to turn.