A Family For Every Child

A Family For Every Child is dedicated to finding loving, permanent families for every waiting foster child.

Orientation and Training

A Family For Every Child Adoption Agency Family Orientation

A Family For Every Child Adoption Agency holds orientations for families interested in starting the home study process at various locations throughout Oregon on a monthly basis. If you would like to attend to learn about how we can help you with your home study, please contact kim@afamilyforeverychild.org to RSVP, obtain the parent packet. and get directions to the meeting location.

The next scheduled Orientations are:

  • On request
  • Please call 541-343-2856 to make a reservation and get directions to the orientation meeting location!

Training For Adoption in the Pacific Northwest

Training, which will prepare you for parenting children who may have been abused or neglected, is required in both Oregon and Washington. Although each state differs in content and hours, both require orientation and pre-service training prior to adoption. The training is an overview of the issues involved in foster care and adoption. It prepares prospective parents to better understand a child who comes out of the foster care system.

  • Alaska Training
  • Washington Training
    In Washington State, you are required to participate in 6 hours of Orientation and take 30 hours of pre-service training classes. Class schedule information can be found on the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) website: www1.dshs.wa.gov. Or you can call 1-800-760-5340 for Pre-service class information and brochures, or visit your local Washington State DSHS office. - See more at: http://www.afamilyforeverychild.org/Adoption/TheBasics/OrientationAndTraining.php#sthash.E9po67ql.dpuf
  • Oregon Training
    In Oregon, Orientation is 8 hours, and the "DHS Foundations Training" is 16 hours. Class schedules can be found through the link to Oregon training.
  • Idaho Training
  • Montana Training
  • Online Training

Free Adoption Foundations Training for Oregon Residents

Christian Family Adoptions has scheduled 3-day (weekend-long) trainings on:

  • (Friday) April 1, (Saturday) 2, and (Sunday) 3, 2016.
  • (Friday) June 24, (Saturday) 25, and (Sunday) 26, 2016.
  • (Friday) September 23, (Saturday) 24, and (Sunday) 25, 2015.

See the 2016 April Flyer. This class is a three-day series and is offered to help prospective parents become better prepared to adopt or foster children with special needs. The training fulfills an Oregon DHS requirement for adopting or fostering children in State care. (This Class meets the minimum Requirements for Oregon "Foundations Training"). The class is open to all families pursuing foster care or adoption of children from foster care who reside in Oregon. Our Vancouver office has a 50 person capacity training room. Space is limited, reservations required. To sign up please call 503-232-1211 or email bhartman@christianfamilyadoptions.org.

Topics Covered Include

  • Foster Care vs. Adoption
  • Separation and Loss
  • Attachment
  • Adopting the Sexually Abused Child
  • Adoption, Foster Care and Effects on the Family
  • Child Development
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects
  • Positive Behavior Management
  • Cultural Diversity and Honoring a Child's Heritage
  • Understanding the Adoption and Foster Care Process


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