Featured Family: Marilyn
I am a single mother with an adopted son, hoping to adopt boy 7 to 11.
The two main focus points in my life are my son and my career.
By far my son is most important.
I came to motherhood late,adopting my son from Guatamala when he was 5 months old.
I have savored every minute with my son, knowing how quickly time moves and children grow up.
Both my son and I have been trying to add to our family for several years through international adoption and went through many disappointments with agency and country closures.
The type of child that I hope to adopt is a male child between the ages of 5 to 14; but a child of 7 to 10 might be best.
For an older child I'd need to adjust my homestudy which my agency said they could do easily.
My son Gabe recently turned 12.
He might adjust more easily to having a younger brother.
Most importantly is our desire to find a child that fits well with our family regardless of the age.
A child who is caucasion or of hispanic/latino descent would likely be my first preference but a multiracial child might also be a possibility.
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IT'S OUR SECOND ANNUAL “TASTE OF HOME” SUMMER EVENT!
The beautiful Sweet Cheeks winery is hosting, and the Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse will be providing the savory summer BBQ at 6:00pm
on Saturday, July 19th. There will be music and dancing, wine and beer, dessert, and of course all of your AFFEC
friends and supporters together for an evening that reminds us of a place to call home!
Tickets are $50 each.
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Recap of Hero For A Day 2014!
Hero for a Day started as an idea a few months ago after a local foster parent wanted something special for her boys to participate in. Backed by a supportive community, planning took flight and donations from across the country poured in to transform local foster children into Heroes for a Day.
See some pictures from the event!
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 email@example.com or Christy@afamilyforeverychild.org or call 541-343-2856.