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A Family For Every Child
1675 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402

Fax: 541-343-2866

Tax I.D. 20-4151057

Christy Obie-Barrett,
Executive Director

A Family For Every Child is a non-profit organization that serves families, children, and agencies nationwide. Thank you for all your support.
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Last update 09/04/2015. Click on a picture below to see that article.

Michael's Story From the Raise A Child 'Let Love Define Family' Series| The Huffington Post
Portland, Oregon - Friday, July 10th, 2015
When Michael was 7 years old, due to circumstances beyond his control and comprehension, he entered the foster care system in North Dakota. Years passed, and there were families and homes where he would stay, but none for too long. He grew and survived by recoiling into his own world and withdrew to the stark reality that he may never really belong anywhere.

Heart Gallery Mentor:'She’s taught me how to laugh again and have fun' Mentor:'She’s taught me how to laugh again and have fun' | KMTR
Eugene, Oregon - Tuesday, May 14, 2015

So the foster system is not glamorous. I won’t lie to you. It’s very traumatic for the youth because they’re moving on average 3-5 times per year and with that, they’re changing schools 3-5 times per year and they’re making new friends and so consistency is not normal. Stability is not normal. And if we can offer a little bit of that through a mentor, that’s powerful,” Mavis said. That’s where a mentor like Julie Lowell steps in. She’s a single mother of a one-year-old and has been a mentor for Chrissy for nearly six months. Eight-year-old Chrissy is becoming what feels to her like a big sister to her mentor Julie’s daughter.

Pixie dust and community efforts make real magic happen Pixie dust and community efforts make real magic happen | KVAL
Eugene, Oregon - Sunday, May 3, 2015

Foster Children from all over the Northwest travelled to Eugene this weekend to become a princess for a day. Nearly 400 girls between the ages of two and 18 received VIP treatment at the Valley River Inn thanks to the group “A Family for Every Child.” The community donated thousands of dresses, boas, slippers, and tiaras to make these girls feel like royalty. “This day is about making a princess feel beautiful so any girl in the community can come in and just feel gorgeous for a whole day,” said event coordinator Sarah Cohen.

Finding Forever "Finding forever" is final in a judge's eyes | Eugene Register Guard
Eugene, Oregon - Monday, November 24, 2014

Jen says the adoption was finalized on Saturday morning by conference call. She and Lori on the couch in their sweats, a judge, some attorneys, the caseworker that matched them, Lori's former foster mom and a court-appointed special advocate on the other end.

AFFEC Event Video 2014 | YouTube
Annual Event Video - Presented Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Family For Every Child runs: An Adoption Agency, Mentor Programs, Heart Galleries, and a Mentor Program. Everything that we do is to make sure that these kids spend the least amount of time in foster care. Ask the kids, what it is like to be in foster care. We help parents too: our Matching Assistance Program helps potential parents locate and adopt children from any state of the country and overcome some of the hurdles involved in the process.

Mentors Help Local Foster Children Mentors Help Local Foster Children | KEZI News
Eugene, Oregon - Monday, November 10, 2014

There are dozens of kids from Lane County living in foster homes. The young adults are getting great care, but that doesn't mean they don't need a little more positive influences in their lives. That's where A Family For Every Child's mentor program comes in. It serves at risk children in need of permanent connections.

New Program Foster Care: New program aims to keep kids out of system | KVAL
Eugene, OR - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Emilio, Ben and Emily now have what they've always wanted: a loving, stable, permanent home with the Jessops. Emilio was in foster care for 5 years before being adopted. "It's really great just to have a family that's going to care for me," he said. That's something 8,000 kids in Oregon - more than 1,000 of them in Lane County - are still searching for.

Facing Life Head On Eugene, Oregon | Facing Life Head On
Eugene, Oregon - April 22, 2014

TV Host Brad Mattes introduces you to A Family For Every Child's founder, mission, direction and also to a family A Family For Every Child has helped with multiple adoptions.

hero for a day hero for a day Hero for a Day | KEZI
Eugene, OR - Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Moshofsky Center was packed Sunday, but those inside weren't wearing their Duck gear. It was all about the capes and masks today for foster boys who got to be super heroes for a day. Sunday's event was called "Hero for A Day", hosted by the non-profit, "A Family For Every Child".

hero for a day UO Athletes Spend the Day with Local Foster Kids | KMTR
Eugene, OR - Sunday, April 6, 2014

Laughter and joy filled the room Sunday at the Moshosfky Center as foster children rushed through obstacles courses, played games and got the opportunity to be a "Hero for a day" with UO student athletes. "Our goal is to make children feel like a hero for a day, so they're going to meet a lot of everyday heroes and some TV type heroes and they're going to go and do lots of types of fun activities and be distracted for four hours," track and field athlete Madelayne Varela said. "It's fun to see kids reactions and how they act around these cool people that seem normal to older people but amazing to younger people."

hero for a day Hero for a Day | KMTR
Eugene, OR - Sunday, April 6, 2014

Superheroes took over the Moshofsky Center on Sunday for the first ever Hero For a Day event. Hosted by the non-profit A Family For Every Child, it gave foster boys a chance to meet with Duck athletes, local rescue workers and some of their favorite super heroes from the pages of a comic book.

hero for a day Hero for a Day | The Register Guard
Eugene, OR - Sunday, April 6, 2014

Like Spiderman and Batman, 5-year-old Izaiah hasn’t grown up in a traditional family. While the superhero characters lost their parents at a young age, Izaiah spent part of his childhood in foster care, not knowing which home was permanent and which was temporary, before being adopted by Tom Leggate and his family about a month ago.

hero for a day Hero for a Day | University of Oregon
Eugene, OR - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The O Heroes program, along with the A Family for Every Child organization, will give foster children and local kids ages 3-18 a chance to be a "Hero for a Day" on Sunday afternoon at the Moshofsky Center.

Foster Kids Meet Potential Parents at Special Events | YouTube
A Family For Every Child - March, 2014

Many Heart Galleries, like A Family For Every Child, sponsor many different kids of special events in which foster children are introduced to potential parents who may eventually adopt them. This video shows two events where foster kids meet adults who might become their forever family.

Princess For A Day Putting Princesses First | The Register Guard
Eugene, OR - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

For organizers of a special community event for girls, the glitz and the glam is in the giving and joyful receiving.

Princess for a Day is sponsored by local nonprofit A Family for Every Child, which helps children in the foster care system find permanent, loving homes. The event serves primarily girls in foster care, although anyone is welcome to attend.

Foster Kids Turned Into Princesses Foster Kids Turned Into Princesses | KEZI
Eugene, OR - Monday, March 3, 2014

Girls from all over Oregon came to Eugene to be crowned a princess for a day. A Family for Every Child puts the event on each year. Foster children get their hair and makeup done for free.

They also pick out a dress and get their picture taken. Once the girls are ready to go, they walk the red carpet into a tea party.

Princess For A Day Royal Treatment | The Register Guard
Eugene, OR - Monday, March 3, 2014

Their hair primped, their necks sparkling and their giddiness unrestrained, hundreds of girls left the Valley River Inn feeling like royalty on Sunday.

The Eugene-based nonprofit A Family for Every Child held its annual Princess for a Day event to pamper foster girls between the ages of 2 and 18, and to raise awareness of the plight of many foster children through Oregon.

Foster Girls Transform into Princesses for the Day: They Grinned Ear to Ear Foster Girls Transform Into Princesses For the Day: 'They grinned ear to ear'| KMTR
Eugene, OR - Sunday, March 2, 2014

The drizzle outside the Valley River Center on Sunday didn’t dampen the spirits of the almost 300 girls who were transformed into princesses.

The non-profit group A Family For Every Child hosted their 6th annual Princess For A Day event on Sunday, giving hundreds of children a day full of royal treatment.

Princess For A Day Princess for a Day | KEZI
Eugene, OR - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lots of girls love to get made up and pampered. This weekend, there is a special event for children in foster care made possible thanks to people who care.

Christy Obie-Barrett with A Family for Every Child joined us live on KEZI 9 News This Morning to talk about the event Princess for a Day, happening March 2 at Valley River Center in Eugene for girls ages 2-18.

Eugene Police collect items for Princess For a Day Eugene Police collect items for Princess for a Day | Lane Today
Eugene, OR - Monday, February 24, 2014
Princess For a Day is an annual event where girls get pampered and enjoy a tea party. Each princess receives a gown to take home, along with a crown and slippers....
Birthday Girl, 11, Gives Away All Her Gifts Birthday Girl, 11, Gives Away All Her Gifts | KVAL News
Coburg, OR - Monday, September 30, 2013
"She came up to me about a month and a half ago," said Melissa Bermudez, Kyleigh's mom, "and she said, 'Mom for my birthday this year I don't need anything. I just want everybody to just give presents for the kids in need.'" Friends, family and people in the community donated. "These are all boxes for the foster kids," the birthday girl said Monday. "They're signed girls clothes up here, and boy's clothes. These are a bunch of shoes, pants and jammies and stuff. And here's toys for the foster kids." Kyleigh and her mom are working with the organization A Family for Every Child to make sure all those presents go to a good home.
Terry Ramsey Overcomes the Odds to become Football Recruit Ramsey keeps beating the odds | ESPN
Louisville, KY - Friday, August 23, 2013 Ramsey overcomes adversity to reach Louisville
Three-star defensive end Terry Ramsey committed to Louisville in July. But his route to an FBS scholarship took him through years of uncertainty in foster care. Now, with a permanent family, Ramsey is ready to take the field for his senior season.
Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival Sharing The Stage with the Stars | KEZI News
Brownsville, OR - Saturday, August 17, 2013

On Saturday night, some very special guests are taking the stage alongside Brad Paisley at the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival, 250 foster and adopted children.

Hero For A Day Fundraiser Hero For A Day: A Family For Every Child begins fundraising for an event for boys | KVAL
Eugene, OR. - Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Family For Every Child, in partnership with other local agencies, begins fundraising for foster boys to be a "Hero for A Day"

Princesses For A Day 2013 Princess for a Day: 'They get to be the center of attention' | KVAL
Eugene, OR. - Sunday, March 3, 2013

For the fifth year, A Family For Every child sponsored Princess For A Day at Valley River Center in Eugene, Oregon. More than 350 girls, the majority of which are foster girls, received a royal gown, slippers and a crown.

Volunteers Prepare for Princess for a Day Princess for a Day Volunteers Prepare
KEZI - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. — More than 300 girls currently living with foster parents will be primped and pampered this weekend at Princess for a Day. Each of them will be treated like a princess and dressed like one too. The event put on by A Family for Every Child has been a huge success in years past.
Associate Director Linzy Munger Talks on Power Talk with Linda Ballesteros Power Talk: A Discussion of Adoption
National - Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Our Associate Director Linzy Munger and others appeared with Linda Ballesteros to discuss Adoption on Power Talk. Hear the former President of the Gift of Adoption, an organization that inspires adoption by providing grants to qualified parents wanting to adopt, speak about how families can utilize their supports. Gift of Adoption helps families figure out what kind of adoption is right for them. Linzy speaks about our matching assistance program and the services we provide families who want to adopt from foster care but might be finding barriers in doing so. Linda's Daughter April Keppinger spoke about her adoption experience and working with A Family For Every Child.
A Home For The Holidays / Winter Wonderland Fundraiser A Home For the Holidays / Winter Wonderland Fundraiser
Eugene, OR. - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A local Eugene organization is getting ready for its biggest fundraiser of the year....
AFFEC Helps Chase find a forever family AFFEC Helps a Child Find a Forever Family
Eugene, OR. - Thursday, October 25, 2012 Thanks, largely, to the Eugene-based A Family for Every Child adoption agency, he not only has found a foster home that's working for him but is scheduled for permanent adoption by a Maryland couple before year's end. "They already love me," he says. "That's the great part. They're willing to tackle my problems with me."
Brownsville Country Music Festival Invites Foster Kids Brownsville Country Music Festival Invites Foster Kids | Eugene Register-Guard
Eugene, OR. - Friday, August 17, 2012

A glitz factor has been added to recent lineups at the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival. In just five years, big names and big crowds have become the norm. Stars such as this year’s closing acts — Sugarland, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins — are vastly popular in the country music world. And several others, such as the Band Perry and Jana Kramer, are moving up the Billboard charts.

BiMart Willamette Country Music Festival Hosts Foster Children BiMart Willamette Country Music Festival Hosts Foster Children | Albany Democrat Herald
Albany, OR. - Monday, August 13, 2012

For the second year, the Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival will support the HEART Gallery, a national effort to find a home for every foster child. There are more 12,000 children in foster care in Oregon and 500,000 nationwide. Fewer than 50 percent will ever return home to stay.

Among the Winners of the Great Rotary Duck Race Among the Winners of the Great Rotary Duck Race ... | KEZI News
Eugene, OR. - Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Great Rotary Duck Race has had that impact on more than two dozen non-profits in its 25 years. This year, organizers invited all of them to a reunion of sorts - with some incentive: build a duck. The best one will win $2,000; the rest will be auctioned off with the money going back to the agency that created it.

Foster Parents Mothers Days Are Always Changing The Collins Celebrated Mothers Day unlike they did last year! | KMTR News
Eugene, OR. - Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day for foster parents, like the Collins of Eugene, Oregon, has never been the same. With foster children, the children change from year to year, and not just in age!

Princess For a Day 2012 It's really important to make them feel special | KVAL News
Eugene, OR. - Sunday, March 4, 2012 More than 300 young girls got to be princesses for the day Sunday.

The girls were given the royal treatment including hair, nail and makeup styling, plus a tea party lunch and a special photo shoot. Springfield-based non-profit A Family for Every Child organized the event.

Princess For a Day 2012 4th Annual Princess For A Day | KEZI News
Eugene, OR. - Sunday, March 4, 2012 - A Family for every Child hosted its 4th annual "Princess for a Day" event. Foster girls get their hair, make-up and nails done, along with a dress and crown to take home. And of course, they get to attend a royal tea party, all for free. ...
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A Family For a Child and Princess For A Day | KUGN News
Eugene, OR. - Friday, March 2, 2012 - A Family For Every Child is a non-profit organization based in Springfield, Oregon where what we try to do is find a loving and permanent home for every waiting foster child....Click left to hear more
Princess for a day 2012 Foster Girls to Receive Royal Treatment | KEZI News
Eugene, OR. - Thursday, March 1, 2012 - Foster children often don't get the same privileges as non-foster children, but this weekend, A Family for Every Child will make hundreds of Lane County foster girls feel like a princess. The Princess for a Day event this Sunday is a chance for foster girls and non-foster girls to dress up, get their hair done and make-up done - the full royal treatment....
GUEST VIEWPOINT: Even the best foster homes can't replace family support
Eugene, OR. - Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 - When you hear about child abuse or neglect, most people's first reaction is "get that kid out of danger." Once we know the child has been removed, we breathe a sigh of relief, assume that the child will be better off in foster care, and consider the problem fixed. If we think of the abuser, it is almost always to condemn and judge: "How could they do that?"
The generosity of employees and local businesses makes Christmas a joyous time for nonprofit organizations
Eugene, OR. - Sunday Dec 25, 2011 - How much holiday spirit can you cram into one little office cubicle? If you are Britni Hartford at the International Society for Technology in Education, the answer turns out to be — whole sleigh loads full.
Holiday Events Schedule Filling Up
WESTERN Ore. - Friday, A Family for Every Child and Fifth Street Market invite you to "A Night of a Thousand Stars." The free celebration is a fundraiser for A Family for Every Child. The non-profit focuses on finding permanent and adoptive homes for children. The event is open to the public it's from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday night at the Fifth Street Market.
12 Kids Is Just a Start
Eugene, Oregon - Saturday, May 9, 2009 - Many hands pitch in to put candles on the first cake of "birthday season," as the Barrett family of Eugene calls the busy months of April through July. Christy Obie-Barrett and her husband, Bill Barrett, built a rambunctious, affectionate family of 12 biological and adoptive children before she started a nonprofit focused on making a difference in the lives of many more children.

Oregon Ducks Assistant Coach Scott Frost mentors a teen.... can you? Scott Frost started as a mentor in Eugene more than two years ago, an experience that turned into much more than he had planned. After mentoring turned into fostering, Frost said: "I forget who said it, but a quote that I really like is, 'Don't make the mistake of doing nothing because you can only do a little.' I'm not there for Chris as often as I'd like to. But because I'm there for Chris, I've seen changes. Not only that, it's been one of the best things I've ever done for me. Because I'm starting to realize the value of having someone completely depend on me, and the impact that I can make on someone." We have a need for more male mentors in the Eugene / Springfield area. Stop making excuses why you shouldn't.

The Register Guard
November 10, 2011
Local shopping malls brace for Black Friday
Valley River Center joins a growing trend in planning a midnight opening

Princess for a Day
Paonia, Colo. June 16, 2011 – Once a year, A Family for Every Child, an Oregon-based nonprofit that works to place foster children in permanent homes, hosts its Princess for a Day fundraiser. For $50, participants get pampered and primped, glittered and gifted with goody bags and gowns and an elegant tea followed by ice cream sundaes and a dance with a handsome prince from a college fraternity. Kids in foster care get to attend for free. "This is stupid," a teen in glasses muttered to her friend as she entered a conference room full of perfumed beauticians wielding curling irons. READ MORE...

Princess for a Day
Eugene, Ore. March 6, 2011 –Hundreds of princesses were at the Valley River Inn in Eugene Sunday. Girls in foster care from all over the region received some royal treatment. "Everybody wants to be a princess, all little girls want to be a princess," said Andrea Kingsley Rippee, president of A Family for Every Child. The local organization, A Family for Every Child, believes every girl deserves to be a princess, if only for a day....

Princess For A Day
Springfield, Ore. March 3, 2011 – Girls ages 2-18 are royally invited to become "Princesses for a Day," and admission is free for girls in foster care (with advanced registration at www.afamilyforeverychild.org). Last year this event drew nearly 200 girls, and 75% of them were in foster care. This year, A Family for Every Child hopes 300 princesses will make their royal debut for a day of finery and fun.

Princess For A Day
EUGENE, Ore. - A Family For A Child is a non-profit agency which seeks to find a permanent loving home for every waiting foster child. In line with its mission, A Family For Every Child sponsors A Princess For A Day, an event where girls in foster care can be...

AFFEC's "Winter Wonderland" Held As First Fundraiser
EUGENE, Ore.--A local non-profit group that helps foster children finds homes, hosted its first-ever fundraiser. "A Family for Every Child" invited folks to come out to the "Winter Wonderland" dinner and auction. About 250 people answered the call, and got to hear one child's story about her adoption.

A Family for Every Child
An Oregon mother has made it her life's mission to find forever families for Oregon and Washington foster children. Mother of 12, Christy Obie-Barrett, says when her youngest child entered kindergarten she decided she wanted to spend her free time helping others experience the gift of family.

Foster kids get to be princess for a day.
In early March of each year, A Family For Every Child sponsors the Princess Event, a chance for girls in foster care to be treated like royalty! Girls in foster care get a gown, slippers, a tiara, and a hairdo. Then they partake of one of the delicacies of royal life: a tea party and photo shoot, all in a luxurious Holiday Inn. Over 200 girls participated in this year's event.

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Facebook: A Family for Every Child “Heart Gallery” lends a helping hand to foster children
Each year, A Family For Every Child works with 250 of the 1000 kids in the Lane County foster program.

KEZI Kids in Crisis- First-Ever Event Draws 200 People to Help Foster Kids
The 5K run/walk raised money for programs that make life a little easier for foster kids and foster families, like Junior League's "A Caring Place."

KEZI Kids in Crisis- Run Eugene Run
Registration for the 5K Run/Walk begins at 4:30 p.m. in Alton Baker Park. The race itself starts at 6:30 p.m.

KEZI Kids in Crisis- The Parent Test
Being a foster parent may not pay you back financially, but it has an emotional payout that few other jobs can offer.

KEZI Kids in Crisis- Making a Difference
If you're nervous about jumping into a full-time responsibility like being a foster parent, you should know there are other options.

KEZI Kids in Crisis- One Safe Return
Every month, about 30 Lane County children are taken out of their parents' homes and are placed in foster care.

KEZI Kids in Crisis- Budget Cut Kids
Lane County's foster care system is maxed out. More children are coming in, but the amount of funding keeps dropping as the state mulls major budget cuts.

KEZI Kids in Crisis- The New Faces of Foster Care
Joshua and Melissa Scoglio are young parents hoping to change the life of one child at a time through foster parenting.

Local group’s website to make it easier to adopt foster children
Grant from University of Oregon class and Wells Fargo make it possible.

NPR News - Adopted Teens Face Higher Risk for ADHD

KVAL News - Why we chose the word 'adopted'
(featuring Christy Obie-Barrett)

CNN Nancy Grace Extraordinary Parent Contest
(Christy Obie-Barrett nominated!)

KVAL News- Scrap bookers unite!

The Creswell Chronicle - Heart Gallery kids seek Forever Families

KVAL News- Christy Obie-Barrett & Susan Schultheis talk about
Heart Gallery of Lane Co.

KVAL News- Christina Sutton talks about the Heart Gallery Mentor's Program

KVAL News- Barb Lerch talks about adoption of Heart Gallery child

THE BACHSCORE: Ducks assistant Scott Frost speaks about mentoring teen

The Register Guard
Family counts for everything: Mother of 12 balances busy home life with working to meet the needs of children waiting for families to call their own.

The Register Guard
GUEST VIEWPOINT: Service class teaches timeless lesson — how to be charitable

The Register Guard
PAGES FROM THEIR LIVES: Volunteers put their hearts into designing pages for adopted children's Lifebooks

We Are Family
(An AFFEC Success story)
Some people are meant to be parents: Julia and her family were supposed to go to Southern Utah for spring break. Instead, they're here at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. Eleven-year-old Julia loves this place. Today she's wearing pink and purple: a purple hat with sparkly plastic jewels, a pink hooded sweatshirt, purple flip-flops.

people"This spring, Hiram's portrait will join those of more than 300 other New Jersey foster children at an exhibit titled Heart Gallery of New Jersey. If all goes well, adults who visit the exhibit (or view the photos online at www.heartgallerynj.com) will be moved to adopt." 

New York Times"Organizers hope that if more people see compelling portraits of Jaillah and other children like him - life-size and lively - more will consider adoption."

ParadeThey're photographing the children with the same dignity and respect that they would give to big stars and CEOs,' notes Feanny. 'They're bringing the same lights and assistants, the same backdrops.' One boy, she recalls, said to his social worker, 'I feel like a movie star."

MSNBC"Nearly one hundred thirty thousand children in the U.S. public welfare system are waiting to be adopted. Most are eight years old, or even older. Now though, there is a new strategy to get them a home."

ABC News- Aging Out of Foster Care

"The Heart Gallery" helps kids find homes

Christy Obie-Barrett appointed to newly formed National Heart Gallery Board

Christy Obie-Barrett, President of A Family for Every Child, and Director of the Heart Gallery of Lane County, has accepted the invitation to join the National Heart Gallery Board.  She will be presenting workshops at the first national Heart Gallery conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the end of August.  Heart Galleries are an innovative adoption recruitment tool using positive portraits of children needing adoptive homes.

Christy will have national impact on adoption recruitment practices.

Local organization to lead the charge in innovative adoption programs
Heart Galleries of America Conference, Aug 25-28, New Mexico.