Heart Galleries of America Conference, Aug 25-28, New Mexico
A Family For Every Child
A Family for Every Child is a grass roots volunteer organization dedicated to finding loving permanent families for every waiting child. Our vision is to transform the way permanency is built into the lives of Oregon's foster children.
Alternatively, the new Family Building program offers mentor support to potential adoptive families. Community members who have previously adopted are matched with families just starting the process in order to create a network of support. This program was created in response to the 95% drop off rate from adoption orientation to finalization of an adoption. Many families want to adopt but never complete the process. We want to find out why and do what we can to help these families bring a child into their home. We will also offer information about other forms of support, resources and trainings that are available for the family.
Another innovative new program seeks to fill the need of foster children to find family connections. A Family for Every Child paid to bring nationally known trainer, Kevin Campbell, to present Family Finding Training in LaneCounty. The Family Finding process gives trainees the knowledge and ability to find lost or disconnected family members of children in the Foster Care system. In some cases this program connects the child to someone that wants to be a permanent figure in the child's life as an adoptive parent or in other ways offer support such as, family medical history, family reunions, family photos, and family connections. This training is primarily for LaneCounty caseworkers and also includes CASA volunteers, A Family for Every Child volunteers and Heart Gallery of Lane County volunteers.
Subset programs have also emerged including outreach to the Faith based community. A Family for Every Child saw potential in reaching out to a different church each month and bringing our Heart Gallery to their congregation. Local churches are provided a DVD presentation, bulletin insert materials and a manned exhibit during Church Services.
A Family for Every Child strives to bring effective programs to Oregon that will support and advocate for children in Foster Care needing adoptive homes. The goal is permanency; every child deserves to have a loving home where they feel safe.