Featured Family: Robert and Kim
Hello, we are currently a family of three - Rob, Kim, and Lucas, our nine year old adopted son from Russia.
We have two dogs, one cat, two chickens, and eight fish.
We are excited about adopting a girl between the ages of 3-8, and of any ethnic or racial heritage.
We look to welcome a child into our home that would like to have a brother and loves animals, the outdoors, and an active lifestyle because these are big parts of our lives.
We love travel and to learn about geography and different cultures.
Our current family backgrounds includes German, Scottish, Croatian, French, Bashkir, and of course many different American sub-cultures.
We would honor a new family member's heritage by learning about and practicing their traditions.
We are willing to have contact with a child's biological and foster family to the extent that it is healthy for the child.
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Check Out Adkins Blueberry Farm's Third Annual Festival, Eugene, Oregon, July 26th!
Red hot fiddling, rhythm and blues and much more! Bring a picnic, throw down a blanket, or simply relax in your lawn chair.
Beverages and goodies will be for sale.
Enjoy sampling some blueberry treats and vote for your favorite.
Kid games, animals, beautiful scenery and good times.
Enter our blueberry food/drink contest by bringing your bite sized entries out between 10:00 and 11:00.
Festival will run 10am - 5pm and all proceeds will go to A Family For Every Child!
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A Family For Every Child Launches a New Blog!
A Family For Every Child is excited to announce the launch of our new blog.
The blog will highlight the successes and challenges of children and families in the foster care system.
It will address the emotional complexities of the adoption process, as well as the beauty of the human heart as it blossoms within the safety of family. Additionally, there will be interviews with AFFEC staff, volunteers, and interns regarding their experience with the agency and their personal desires for our children.
Last, but certainly not least, the blog will feature “Kid Posts” written by our children about their personal journey in the forms of prose, poetry and art.
Oregon Families: Find Out About Adoption
Interested in adopting? Find out more about the process of adoption and get started...
it is our goal to significantly reduce the barriers to adoption by making the process positive and exciting all around.
Begin your adoption process now and plan on growing your family this year.
Check out our Orientation and Training pagehere, for general information.
Then call 541-343-2856 to schedule an orientation convenient for you!
You can also email Linzy@afamilyforeverychild.org .
Partnering for Success
A Family for Every Child’s mentoring program is essential to helping foster youth make school and life transitions at critical stages in their development. OCF strongly supports enhancing this important program, ensuring positive, successful mentoring experiences for an estimated 60 middle and high school students throughout Lane County.
-Kathleen Cornett, Vice President of Grants & Programs, Oregon Community Foundation
A Family For Every Child's (AFFEC) mentor program is expanding its reach by connecting with children's schools in order to help them perform better academically and remain on track to graduate.
With support from the Oregon Community Foundation AFFEC has brought on a new team member who is charged with conducting school based community outreach, connecting with children's school counselors, and supporting our mentors in their mentee's academic life.
This will allow AFFEC to help children and teens see greater academic success, and feel more supported by caring adults in their lives.
Currently a little more than half of foster youth obtain a high school diploma due to difficulties when transitioning from home to home, and mentors have the potential to ease those transitions with schools and other institutions.
Thanks to the Oregon Community Foundation, AFFEC will now be supporting mentors and youth to help ensure children not only receive their diploma, but exceed academic expectations.
Our new Education Liaison is Mary Bromley, Mary has been an AFFEC mentor for over five years.
She is the only consistent person in the life of her mentee.
Mary also recently retired from the school district and will begin working with us on our Education/Mentor/Mentee Program as an Education Liaison.
In addition to providing more academic support, AFFEC is launching a Mentor Assisted Life Skills Program which will pair mentors with youth who will work on developing life skills together.
Mentors and mentees will be offered a curriculum that includes information on how to handle one's finances, healthcare, cooking, and more.
This program will better prepare children who are at risk of "aging out" of foster care for living on their own.
These classes in conjunction with the mentors' support will aid in the success of each child becoming a self sufficient adult!
Our new Life skills effort is lead by our new team Member:
Christina Sutton Christina comes with a long history of connection to AFFEC.
In the very early days she ran our Mentor Program, and then she took a break to foster and adopt many children.
While she still has a house full, she is getting involved again to help us build our education classes for youth at risk of aging out of care and those who will become adults with little preparation for the real world.
She will plan and teach bi-weekly classes on everything from "How to write a check" to "How to shop for food" to college, trade-school knowledge, and resume-building.
Christina grew up in foster care and never got a family of her own, so her passion for at-risk youth is huge and based in real-life experience.
If you would like to get involved in this effort, we need you – contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Christy@afamilyforeverychild.org or call 541-343-2856.