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Matching Assistance Program
July 2011



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Matching Assistance Program 

July, 2011

Webinar- Take Tour of Our Map Site and All it has to Offer! 

 

Please join us August 10th at 10am (PST) and find out how Matching Assistance can work for you!

 

Matching Assistance is a password protected site with additional child listings. It helps support qualified, current home-studied families during their journey to adoption.

 

Our goal is to come alongside families who have been in the process for a longer period of time, providing them with one-on-one communication, assurance and assistance in learning how to best represent themselves in their family profile and home study, as well as helping them with their child searches based on what will best fit their family.

 

You learn how to create your own family login, the importance of your family biography, and how your Family Adoption Specialist can help you!

 

RSVP at 541-343-2856 or
The Mollica Family

mollica 

 

I have always wanted to have children. I didn't want to get married, just to have kids. I am now 47 years old, single, and I have always had it in my heart to be a mom. I come from a family of 3 children, and it was great to have a brother and sister growing up. We are each 1 1/2 years apart.

 

I have a lot of patience and lots of time on my hands to dedicate and spend with a child. My family and friends call me the every ready battery--since I have so much energy.

 

My neighborhood is a safe, family neighborhood, and has children of all ages. For Halloween, I almost ran out of candy, and I had bought 2 large shopping bags. My specific block must have a minimum of 30 children of all ages.

 

I am an attorney for over 20 years and I practice family law and domestic violence. I have extensive experience in dealing with parenting and child issues. I work very hard, but my schedule is very flexible, and I often work at home from my computer.

 

I have been an active member of my community, and I have donated countless hours to many different types of charities.

 

Our family loves football, and we are divided over the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Our passion is boating and fishing. I have also taken several First Aid and CPR classes for Adult/Children/Infants.

 

I have given considerable thought about whether I would adopt an infant or an older child, and I feel an older child would be my preference. It is in my heart to help a child, and offer the many opportunities and resources available. I want to be a child's forever family. I think being a mom is the most honorable profession.

 

I am fortunate to have a sister, who is an experienced child psychologist, and has her Psy.D., and access to many experts, since I deal with almost every type of child issue daily.

 

My strongest support network would be my immediate family and closest friends. My family and friends are very supportive and excited about my decision to adopt.

 

Adoption Preferences: Up to two male siblings, of Hispanic or Caucasian race, 14 and under with mild needs.

The Longo Family

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My name is Bob Longo, age 57, and I am the single adoptive father of six special needs boys. My five boys came "home" at ages 12.5 (fraternal twins), 13, 13.5, 14.5, and 17. They are now 15, 26, 26, 31, 38, and 44. My sons live in Oregon, California, and New Jersey.

 

The adoption finalization of Matthew, age 14, who has lived with me since February 2010, took place on November 4, 2010. He is the only child living home now.

 

I am a white-collar professional, Director of Administration/VP of a multi-million dollar algae harvesting company, and my education includes a BS, MBA, CPA, and CMA. I also sometimes teach at local colleges in the evenings.

 

I live in a small town in southern Oregon (population 41,000) called Klamath Falls, in a modest, nicely maintained four-bedroom home. I have lived in Klamath Falls for sixteen years, but spent the bulk of my life growing up, being educated, and working in northern New Jersey.

 

In addition to Matthew (who is emotionally young) I have three grandsons (ages 12, 8, and 6) who spend time at my house, and that will have important implications (behavior issues) for any new person entering my household. My home also has a very gentle, 3-year old female Rottweiler.

 

Although in the past I have dealt with children that had moderate to severe emotional, behavioral, and learning issues, I just won't be able to handle issues with that higher level of severity any longer. My circumstance have changed dramatically, i.e., I've aged another thirty years since I started my adoption journey, I went from zero kids to six kids, I have six grandkids, and I am second in command of running a business that employs close to fifty people locally.

 

To paraphrase former President Bush, I'm looking for a "gentler and kinder" type of child/young adult that I hope I can propel to a much better life.

 

Adoption Preferences: Male child between the ages of 14-17 with mild to moderate needs.

One of Our Amazing Family Adoption Specialists! 

 

Melissa is a stay-at-home mom with a 4-year-old son, Elijah, who was adopted from Korea at 5 months. She and her husband, Jerry, hope to adopt a daughter someday soon.

 

Melissa brings to the table many years of experience at scouring photo listings and reading between the lines, as well as an adoptive parent's perspective. She is also gearing up for her 6th season as a costumer at the Cottage Theater, and serves as the Heart Gallery venue volunteer for Cottage Grove.

 

Other exiting career experiences have left her with such diverse skills as architectural drafting, knowledge of the Dewey decimal system, merchandising, and through-hole soldering.

 

melissa@afamilyforeverychild.org

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Adoptions Foundations Training
House

 

Don't forget to sign up! September is right around the corner!

 

Dates:

Sept 23, 2011 (3pm-9pm)

Sept 24, 2011 (8am-5pm)

Sept 25, 2011 (8am-5pm)

 

Fees: FREE

 

Location: To Be Announced

 

Sign up: call 503-232-1211 or emailbecky@christianfamilyadoptions.org

AFFEC will be holding a weekend special needs adoption "Foundations Training" Sept 23-25 in the Eugene area. Location to be announced later. (Note: This class meets the minimum requirements for Oregon Foundations Training)

 

This class is free of charge and open to anyone seeking to become adoptive parents. This class will be limited to 50 seats. Reservations required.

 

For more information, click here ---

The Power of Partnership- Christian Family Adoptions & AFFEC
 

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This is big. I mean really big. This is an announcement about a pilot project partnership with A Family for Every Child (AFFEC), a Eugene-based special needs adoption agency. This teamwork approach is a significant part of Christian Family Adoption's state/special needs program expansion process. We are joining with AFFEC to expand our child matching efforts by informing families regarding children available for adoption across the U.S., and by helping broaden each family's search opportunities.

 

Through a six-month pilot project, Christian Family Adoptions is utilizing the extensive database maintained by AFFEC. It is available to all families who are working with Christian Family Adoptions and have an approved home study. To top it all off, there will be no additional charge for access to the database through December 2011.

 

We will reassess the situation at the conclusion of the pilot, but for now, the benefit is included in each family's coordination fee. We are thrilled about this new venture, and are excited to team up with families as we develop and refine the powerful partnership with AFFEC.

A Family For Every Child Orientation

 

880 Springfield, OR
541-343-2856

 

AFFEC is having an adoption orientation meeting on Wednesday, August 31st from 6:30-8:30pm. This is free and open to the public.

 

You will meet the AFFEC staff, be given information about our programs, cost, financing possibilities, time frames, and information about how we can help you on your journey to adoption.

 

All of our programs are focused on children in the foster care system. Along with our adoption agency we also have mentoring, family finding, and matching assistance programs.

 

Come join us! RSVP tolisa@afamilyforeverychild.org
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smith fam

  

Our family of four is seeking to adopt children who need a loving, stable, and healing environment and a place to call their "forever" home. We live in a small town in Idaho that is just big enough to meet our needs and is known for its excellent education opportunities and family-friendly activities.

 

Neal and Brenda are certified foster parents in the state of Idaho. We have attended 27 hours of special needs training as well as additional classes and discussions with experts through "Love and Logic." We use a mixture of reference material to help us parent according to the needs of each child. Our parenting style is fairly structured with predictable consequences and firm but loving follow-through. Although we are fairly busy during the day, we try to keep to a routine schedule at home for the benefit of our kids.

 

We have a five-year-old daughter who was adopted at birth, and we have a seven-year-old son we adopted from Idaho foster care. Both children are incredibly friendly and accepting of other children and can spend endless hours swinging together or playing on the trampoline. They are also pretty eager to help out around the house and take care of their chores.

 

Dillon is a numbers kid. He associates everyone he knows with their house number, or in the case of the kids in his class, their student roster number. He can spend hours creating things with legos and loves challenging dot-to-dot pages. He has been in speech therapy for about eight months and has made major strides in his language abilities. He also loves to play any kind of game we have in our closet.

 

Halle is the queen of make-believe. She loves playing dress up and fancying herself as a famous singer, princess or restaurant owner. She loves to go to community Zumba dancing classes with her mom, and she can't wait until she gets to start Kindergarten next year and go to the "real" school with Dillon instead of preschool.

 

We like to spend time as a family attending community festivities like fairs, dance festivals or parades. We stay very active in trying to give our kids quality life experiences by going and doing as a family instead of sitting and watching. In fact, our TV is rarely on because we are too busy playing.

 

Our neighborhood is filled with children to play with and a park just a block away. We also have a large play house with swings in our backyard so as soon as the weather becomes bearable, we are outside playing. Our love of outdoors also extends to camping, hiking and working in the yard on the weekends. These activities usually involve extended family because we are close to many of them and truly enjoy their company. .

 

Although our daughter, Halle, was overjoyed when she found out she would be getting a brother, she just recently announced that it is now time to start praying for sisters who will play dress-up with her.

 

Since the day Dillon and Halle met each other, they have been soulmates - if you believe in such a thing. Even though Dillon is older than Halle, he is more than happy to follow her lead when they are playing together. This is the case in most settings with other children because she is so charismatic and imaginative. However, it never hurts her feelings if they want to play on their own either.

 

Halle and Dillon are sensitive to the fact that other children may also need a home and that adoption is the only way our family will grow. They are never threatened by other children playing with their toys or being in their space. And although we try to give one child their own time with a friend, they are usually just as happy to share friends as well.

 

We recognize that all children learn at different speeds and different ways, and education is a priority in our home. Our degrees are in Construction Management (Neal) and Accounting (Brenda). We own a small design and construction company in addition to having other employment which gives us excellent pay and medical benefits. Brenda works full time as Assistant Controller for the county hospital, but she has the ability to work from home or attend parent teacher conferences and school functions during the day.

 

Our work situations are remarkably flexible which gives us the opportunity to put our family first. It is because of this flexibility that we are able to literally parent as a team and each take part in our children's daily lives.

 

We feel very fortunate to have the stability of Brenda's work, especially considering the current economic conditions. However, it does present questions from some who wonder how well it works to have the father as the stay-at-home parent. We've found that throughout our marriage we've had many opportunities to adapt and draw upon each other's strengths as life's challenges come our way. Consequently, we've had extensive experience in flexing ourselves away from the "template" of society and finding out what works for us.

 

It turns out - in our family at least- it's not always about who will do the laundry, clean the bathroom, or make dinner, but about who can fulfill the various needs of the family best at a certain time. For example, Neal's creative style of discipline often gets through to the kids better than anything else, and his strong arms around them at the doctor eases anxiety better than any security blanket. Our children thrive because our lives are about raising them no matter who has to spend the most time away from home.

 

We have an incredible support system near us in family, friends, experienced foster parents, and therapists. We do not have a problem seeking out necessary resources to get a child any help they may need. We also don't have a problem maintaining needed connections with birth or foster family members to reinforce the value of continuing good relationships in a child's life.

 

Our hands-on experience with special needs kids has come in the form of working closely with autistic children of families from our church, neighborhood, and extended family. Neal works with boys between the ages of 12 and 14 at church, and three of the fourteen boys have varying levels of autism. In the past two years, he has managed to transform this group of boys from rowdy and irreverent to respectful and responsible. It's been wonderful to watch the change.

 

In addition to our extensive work with children at church, we also have experience with parenting a child with ADHD and speech delays. We feel that a child with disabilities or special needs can still be embraced with love and thrive in the right family.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile. We certainly appreciate your consideration. If you would like to read more about our everyday life, please visit our website athttp://nealandbrenda.blogspot.com

 

Adoption Preferences: Male or female child of any race, 14 and under with mild to moderate needs.

 

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Hello! I'd like you to meet our family of five, Sheila, Greg, and the kids; Conor 15, Catrina 13 and Ryan 9. Our family has been participating in foster care since 2007 and we have had 7 children in our home. Unfortunately for us, but good for them, they have all moved back home or to relatives. We would really like to have a child come into our home and stay forever.

 

We live in rural N.J. about an hour each from NYC and Philadelphia. We have a four bedroom house with a finished basement that can be converted into an extra bedroom. We live in a blue ribbon school district with excellent special-ed services. We have a large yard full of soccer balls, water guns and swing sets and a garage bursting with bikes and scooters. Our family loves a lot of outdoor activities including hikes, bike rides and soccer or baseball games on the front lawn. You can also find us sitting around the outdoor fireplace roasting marshmallows, or inside playing Apples to Apples, or watching a movie while having a picnic on the family room floor.

  

I am an emergency room nurse in a local hospital. I am certified in CPR and advance life support. I work one to two nights a week (less during the summer), so one of us is always home with the kids. I work per diem, so I can adjust my schedule to fit appointments or after school activities. I like to sew, do arts and crafts with the kids and most of all read. Greg is an IT consultant and works full time. He is able to work from home on Fridays. He used to be a counselor in a children's crisis unit. He is excellent with the kids and getting them to talk about their feelings. He is a diehard Yankee's fan and loves to take the boys to games.

  

Greg and I have been together since 1992. Our lives have not always been easy. We have faced a lot of the same struggles that other families have been through and some that are unique to us. The biggest being our oldest child's diagnosis of autism and ADHD. Conor was diagnosed with PDD (on the autism spectrum) when he was two. There were many of years of speech therapy, OT, social skills training and therapy. We attended countless IEP meetings. At this point in our lives, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Conor has improved to the point where he will be able to attend college. I never thought that when he was three. I am a firm believer in getting as many services and help as you can while the children are young when it makes the biggest impact.

  

Our experiences with Conor have helped us enormously with obtaining services for our foster children. As you know, abuse and neglect have their toll on children and I don't think I have had one foster child that has come from that environment without any effects. I have obtained IEP's for 3 of my foster kids and early intervention for another. I have obtained mental health for them as well. I will fight and advocate for whatever I think they need, even if it means going all the way to Trenton (as I did for one child).

 

We have three very active children. They are in a variety of activities but they also love to just run around in the yard. They have been great with all the foster kids. It is not easy to welcome other children into their home and share their parents with them. I realized they are just as important to the foster children as we are because they taught them how to be kids again. To run, to play or to do nothing at all and let your imagination take over is something my kids do naturally, but is a struggle for foster kids. My kids help them with that.

  

Every foster child that we have had the privilege to have in our home, has touched our lives in so many ways and we are thankful and enriched to share their lives for no matter how long. We know we have sent them along better equipped for whatever may come along. We hope one day we will be able to bring some more children into our home and not have to say goodbye. We want to share our lives with them and not just their childhood. We want to be there for graduations, first jobs, weddings, holidays or even just an issue with their plumbing. We want them to know even if they didn't grow below my heart, they were chosen, wanted, loved, and will be part of our family, forever.

 

PS...I told Greg not to wear the NY Yankees hat while we were in Boston!

 

Adoption Preferences: Male or female child(ren) of any race except African-American. 14 and under and up to three children in a sibling group with mild to moderate needs.

 

merritts

  

We have been happily married for over 25 years. We have two biological boys who are now 23 years old.

 

David lives at home for right now and works in a local car dealership as an auto technician. Daniel is married and he and Melissa have a one-year-old son. Both the boys are excited at the prospect of having an adopted sister. I grew up in Chestnut Hil and Esther grew up in Georgia. She has a younger sister and two younger brothers. I have three older sisters.

 

We have been on this adoption journey for almost five years and have had to completely start over two times. We have a total for training hours through both DCYF and Casey Family Services of over 240 hours for foster and adoptive parents. We have attended numerous classes and seminars on sexual/physical abuse, sexualized behavior, conflict and anger management, trauma, behaviors in foster/adopted children and how to de-escalate children who are traumatized.

 

We look forward to adopting as this is something we have wanted to do for a very long time. We have a wonderful home and can offer any child a very loving and stable family. We are both stay-at-home parents now as I decided to retire early and spend more time with Esther and our other grown up children. We have a lot of resources available to us and have a support network of foster and adoptive parents in our church. We have a lot of time and energy to devote to any child who comes into our home. We are also financially stable so that this child will be taken care of and supported and loved.

 

Adoption Preferences: One Caucasian female child, 6 to 14 years of age. Mild to moderate needs.

 

butlers

  

My husband Michael and I have devoted our lives to caring for the children that God sends to us. We have prayed for years that he would send us the children he wants us to have and that he would enable us to be the best parents possible for them. We have 3 grown sons all who live away from home and 8 adopted children living at home, ages 6-15.

 

We have a special dream of having a great, big family. Something like the one on the movie Cheaper by the Dozen. We want to use all of our experiences and training to help children with special needs and emotional issues.

  

Michael is a nurse who works with adults with disabilities. He has 2 college degrees including one in social work. He is an amazing guy if I must say so myself! He can fly a plane, hike any trail, scuba dive and remember every fun thing from his childhood. When he was a little boy his parents took him to see 48 states. His dream is to load all our kids in an RV and take them to see all 50 states.

 

I am a special education teacher turned stay-at-home mom. I so love being at home with the kids. Everyday holds a new adventure and we have a great time. My dream is coming true as we move into a huge historic home within walking distance of our church. My hobby besides loving on my kids is my dogs. We have 2 black labs and a weiney dog that bring us lots of laughter and fun!

 

I have a degree in Mental Retardation and a Master's degree in Emotional Behavioral disorders plus 10 years experience teaching special education. We believe all children are special and that time heals. We have that time to give and we give it willingly to all of our children. We are also therapeutic foster/adopt parents with a current home study.

 

Our home is full of love and laughter and fun. We love teaching our children at home and feel that by doing so we give them the opportunity to grow and learn at their own individual pace. We are also in one of the best school systems in Tennessee and some of our children will be attending elementary, middle and high school at our public schools this fall.

 

We love music and in our home there is always music playing in the background. Michael plays the keyboard and he enjoys teaching our children to play as well. We enjoy celebrating the holidays of different cultures and learning about all of the different people that make up God's world is very important for our children education. We also teach our children that each one of them is very special and has been designed for a special reason by God. Our community offers wonderful resources to help your child grow up healthy and happy such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as wonderful medical facilities.

 

We are open to adopting children of any race and are very willing to maintain communication with foster parents or family members. We look forward to continuing to grow our family.

 

Adoption Preferences: Male or female child(ren) of any race, 10 and under and up to 5 children in a sibling group with moderate needs.

 

de lamerens

  

Hello, we are S. G. and Tina-Marie de Lamerens. We are a fun-loving Florida couple who enjoy spending time together and love the outdoors. We live near the beach and on most weekends we are doing something enjoyable, whether it is going to the beach, the movies, catching a local sports game or just hanging by the pool. We have one son, Dan, who is a college student living in N.C. and are now looking to grow our family through adoption. Dan has several learning disabilities and we are proud of his accomplishments. We also live with our dog, Max, a 14-year-old Dogo Argentino, who is an excellent pet for those with allergies.

 

We value education and look forward to being active participants in our children's education and schooling, as well as any extracurricular activities they may want to pursue. I am currently working on a Masters in Accounting and my wife is a Reading teacher in the number #1 school district in the State of Florida. Both my wife and I are first generation multilingual Hispanics and would love the opportunity to teach our children Spanish.

 

We live in a four bedroom, two bathroom condominium which faces a lake. We love to go out in the evening and feed the ducks. Our complex has a kiddie pool, a playground and a resort style pool. The park and the beaches are also nearby. We have close relationships with our families and a small circle of dedicated friends who support us.

 

We have had experience in dealing with learning disabilities (ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia), as well as experience with foster children who were dealing with tantrums, ADHD, RAD, PTSD and depression. We are in this for the long haul and we are not afraid of a challenge. We are willing to do whatever it takes to make any placement with us successful and "forever."

 

Adoption Preferences: Male or female child(ren) of any race except African-American or American Indian, 10 and under and up to 4 children in a sibling group. Mild to moderate needs.

 

Center for Adoption Support & Services

C.A.S.E. was created in May 1998 to provide post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. In addition, C.A.S.E. is a national resource for families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.

 

National Adoption Foundation

The National Adoption Foundation was established in 1994 by adoptive parents who understand the unmet needs adoptive families have for financial support and advocacy. Everything the Foundation does is driven by a clear understanding of the challenges faced by families in the adoption process and beyond. The National Adoption Foundation is the only national resource dedicated exclusively to providing financial support, information and services directly to adoptive families.

 

Families Like Ours

Families Like Ours, Inc (FLO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Adoption Exchange, helping pre & post adoptive families, GLBT and non GLBT alike since October 2000 through our network of adoption resources, support, education and advocacy.

 

NACAC 

Founded in 1974 by adoptive parents, the North American Council on Adoptable Children is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them.

 

Adopt America Network

A nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, Adopt America Network (AAN) is committed to improving the lives of adoptable children throughout the United States who are in the foster care system by placing them with permanent, loving families. AAN uses a national network of public agencies, private agencies and volunteer adoption specialists.

 

Adoptuskids

The mission of AdoptUSKids is two-fold: to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and to assist U.S. States, Territories and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.

 

Institute for Black Families

The Institute for Black Parenting (IBP) is the first licensed private, full-service Adoption, Foster Care and Family Preservation Agency that has served the African American community in four Southern California counties, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside since 1988.

 

WACAP

WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents) is one of the largest and most experienced international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the United States. Take a look around our site. Get to know us. Find out how you can help. We think you will like what you see.

 

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange

MARE exists to find "a permanent place to call HOME" for CHILDREN in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place.

We do this by recruiting, educating, supporting and advocating for FAMILIES throughout the adoption process.

 

Dave Thomas Foundation

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is committed to excellence in all of its efforts. In 2002, the Foundation adopted core organizational values that drive every decision made on behalf of children.

 

 
We work with many adoption and state agencies throughout the United States and are now offering an exciting opportunity to partner with A Family For Every Child to further benefit your families. Over time we have developed valuable relationships with many of you; working together to assist families and therefore have found homes for children.

 

All we are asking is your willingness to let your families know about our Matching Assistance Program and partner with us to better serve families in a time of large workloads for all. Let's work together and change the life of a child by building a family.

 

This program will offer your families support that compliments what you are already doing. As a team we can work to match them sooner and perhaps support them through the process. We all know this is a big job and often requires a team.

 

1) Your family will be able to create their own family biography page, that will be viewed by children's workers. This page reflects their personality and current status, training and experience which is often hard to write on paper in a home study and certainly hard to update as much as families would like to. Families can update daily if they desire.

 

2) Families will be able to submit their interest and family biography for themselves based on your recommendations and guidance. Even though you will not be required to do these daily submissions, we will cc you on all of them. We will also track these submissions and inquiries and be able to provide you with monthly reports if requested, this should also free up some time.

 

3) Your family will feel empowered to be their own advocate and hopefully more engaged during this difficult "searching/waiting" part of the adoption process. We all know how hard this can be on families.

 

4) You as their worker will be able to log on and review your family's profile and submission account at any time.

 

5) Your family will always have up to date adoption materials, online training information and new photo listings for their continued education, meaning you will not need to hunt for this information for them. When they register, they receive a list of over 50 photo listing sites and a "loaded" Welcome packet with adoption information for their review.

 

6) And best of all your family will be Matching Faster!!!

If you would like to talk to us further about partnering we are very interesting in exploring these options with you, contact Jenny Hancock, Matching Assistance Director or Christy Obie-Barrett, Executive Director.

 

jennyhancock@afamilyforeverychild.org  orchristy@afamilyforeverychild.org.

 

 
Volunteer Coordinator/Trainer: This person is the connection between volunteers, their passion or interest, and the opportunities available to them. The volunteer coordinator calls all references and makes sure all paperwork is signed and entered into our database program. Once they have completed all paperwork, they are then scheduled for training according to their volunteer role. The coordinator stays in contact with them throughout this time making sure all questions are answered in a timely manner until they are placed in their volunteer role.

  

Weekly Family Check in Specialist: This person is responsible to all MAP families, checking in, making sure they are receiving all the services promised and in a timely manner. Making sure the FAS is in contact with the family on a regular and consistent basis, and the FAS is sending at least two searches weekly. This person also checks that all email "How-to's" are being emailed on time and the FAS is answering any questions a family may have. This person checks our database a couple times a week, making sure that all data is up to date or current.

  

Child Listing Volunteer: We are currently working to partner with photo listing agencies/Heart Galleries/individual social workers and others from other states to list more children on our websites. This is a free service we offer to help more children and families connect.

Family Outreach Specialist: Using our online newsletter tools you will send out feature emails of all our families to children's case workers and recruiters all over the country. This is a wonderful opportunity to help families connect with waiting foster children. Most case workers are searching for families and our newsletter is a wonderful resource to assist them in finding homes.

Matchng Program Outreach: Send our flyers, emails, materials to promote the Matching Assistance Program, link partner sites, share our message about the Program with agencies, adoption workers, parent groups, and potential parents.

Matching Research Volunteer: Researching training, articles, support, state-by-state info for our web, family support materials and notebooks, newsletters etc... 

 

Matching Family/Child Specialist: Searches national sites and compiles a list of kids that fit the criteria of our families and produce a list for each family once a week. We provide a large list of sites to search and sample templates for the list and a how-to, plus whatever training you may need. This volunteer can live anywhere in any state, all work is done on the web/email. This is very rewarding as you are actually involved in the matching of families and kids, on your own time and days.

 

A Family For Every Child | 880 Beltline Road | Springfield, Oregon 97477 | 541-343-2856

 

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