Featured Family: Scott and Tina
Here we are, in all of our silliness, Scott, Tina, Jaymin (9) and Alyssa (18).
We have been waiting for the right kiddos to join our family for a long time.
Since Alyssa was very young we knew that adoption was an avenue we wanted to pursue.
When we were able to adopt Jaymin at birth we were ecstatic.
Having an open adoption was and still is something we consider important for our children to keep connected to invaluable people in their lives, as long as they are safe relationships.
Now that Jaymin is a little bit older we can't wait to adopt a sibling group of 5 or less children 9 years old or younger.
Any ethnicity is fine with us, we love learning about different cultures and finding out how we are each unique. We are willing to consider children with mild to moderate behavioral issues....
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Please join us for our annual event!
Please join us for our annual event: A Home for the Holidays! We would love you to join us by buying a ticket, sponsoring a table, or donating to our event! A Home for the Holidays will be November 13th, 2014 starting at 5:30p.m. at the Valley River Inn. To find out more details visit our event page or like us on Facebook! We hope you will join our celebration!
Lane County: Watch Monday Night Football, Eat Wings, and Help a Foster Child's Dream Come True!
Football star Michael Oher, like many other professional athletes and celebrities, spent many years in foster homes before finding a forever family and becoming a Super Bowl champion.
Be part of the breakthrough and join us for a day of Wings, laughter, and football.
Please join us on October 6th and Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 15% of proceeds to A Family for Every Child which will make dreams come true and allow our foster youth to become champions just like Michael.
Click for a ticket for Wild Buffalo Wings on Gateway Street in Springfield to have some fun.
Easing the Back To School Transition for Adopted Kids
To some extent, when you send your child to school you are expecting the teacher to take over the role of parent. Young children spend most of their time in public with you, but once a child enters school, the parental buffer zone disappears. Can and should teachers fill this gap? How do you approach your child's teacher to guarantee the best outcome? Here, some dos, don'ts, and things to remember when talking to school staff.
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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.
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 email@example.com or Christy@afamilyforeverychild.org or call 541-343-2856.