Featured Family: Heidi and Jared
We would like to adopt a child between the ages of 1 and 9.
We are open to boys or girls.
We feel we can accommodate a sibling group of up to 3 kids.
We feel that almost any ethnic background will blend in with our family, and we are open to children with many different special needs.
We do not mind having contact with the child's biological parents provided the parent is not abusive to the child.
We encourage continued contact with the child's former foster parents.
We enjoy family time both at home and in the community.
We have an extensive amount of experience with children.
We are a team and are there for each other in every way.
We are also very close to our families
We have been greatly motivated to adopt for quite some time.
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Hero For A Day, 2015
Hero for a Day was a special event, that took place on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 12-3pm, that allowed foster children to be transformed into heroes for one special day.
Hero for a Day is an annual event for children ages 2 to 18 and was a day filled with tons of fun activities designed to create not only an educational and fun experience for local children, but raise awareness about the foster care system.
A Family For Every Child would like to thank our sponsors:
- Portland Superheroes Coalition
Adopting Older Children
Adoption of a child over six years of age is considered "older child adoption". While babies can be cute and are often sought after, older children come with their own personalities and histories that can resent both opportunities and challenges to adoptive families. A Family For Every Child Adoption Agency has put together a short summary of the benefits and challenges you may face when adopting an older child. We have also included some helpful resources to guide you when parenting your older adopted child. Click here to see the full article.
Now Serving Washington Families!
A Family For Every Child is pleased to announce that we are now serving Washington families through our Adoption Agency.
A Family for Every Child Adoption Agency recognizes that "Forever Families" come in all shapes and sizes. We are an inclusive agency that specializes in finding permanent families for children in the foster care system that tend to be the most difficult to place because of their age, ethnicity, sibling group, developmental, emotional or physical disability. AFFEC provides adoption home studies to families interested in adoption. We know that every child deserves to be loved, and all kids never outgrow the need for a "forever family."
Our Adoption Agency has expanded in to Washington and is now serving both Oregon and Washington families through the homestudy and adoption process. Contact us if you think adoption might work for you; we can answer any questions you may have.
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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.
Then call 541-343-2856 to schedule an orientation convenient for you!
You can also email Linzy@afamilyforeverychild.org .
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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.