The Importance of Sleep to Your Child’s Learning and Growth

Run With Us!

Get your running shoes on and start training because the 13th annual Eugene Marathon is about two months away and you have the chance to run for FREE. Sign up with A Family For Every Child and participate in the 5K, half marathon, or full marathon free of charge! All you have to do is meet the fundraising minimum, $75 for the 5K and $175 for the half and full marathon, by May 5, 2019. The money you raise will be donated to AFFEC and be used to support foster children in Lane County and beyond by connecting them with adoptive parents, providing them with mentors, and more.Since 2011 the race has been held at Hayward Field, but due to the recent demolition and reconstruction of the iconic landmark, the event has been moved to Autzen Stadium. Runners will travel through downtown Eugene, with live musical performances along the path,

How You Can Be Involved With AFFEC

A Family For Every Child began in 2006 to find permanent adoptive homes full of love for waiting foster children. Over the years, 10+ programs have been implemented to assist special needs and challenging-to-place foster children find their forever families. None of this would be possible without all of the wonderful people who donate their time to us and you could be one of them. There are so many opportunities to get involved and make life-long impacts on these children’s lives.1. VolunteerWe have two events coming up, Princess for a Day (3/3/19) and Hero for a Day (5/18/19) and volunteers are what make them possible. Spending the afternoon with foster children will make a long lasting impression in both of your lives. And who doesn’t love a day full of princess or superheroes?!2. InternWhether you are interested in social media, child recruitment, fundraising, event planning, or something else, there is

Valentine’s Day Crafts For Kids

Not all young kids understand the meaning of Valentine’s Day yet, but one of the best ways to learn is through art. These crafts are great for all ages and don’t call for many supplies. Have fun!Not all young kids understand the meaning of Valentine’s Day yet, but one of the best ways to learn is through art. These crafts are great for all ages and don’t call for many supplies. Have fun!Yarn HeartThese hearts make the cutest gift and can be used as decorations around the house or at work.Supplies:Cardboard, scissors, yarn, hot glue gunValentine RocksThis is a great way to get outside and be creative. The kids will love getting to hunt for rocks, paint with their hands, and share with friends and family.Supplies:Rock, paint, markersCandy DogThis is one is trickier, but better than taking care of the real dog your kids have been wanting.Supplies:1 Smarties candy, 5

Dear Princesses, Save The Date

Hear ye! Hear ye! Our 11th annual Princess for a Day event is upon us and we’re asking for the fairest in the land to attend! Join us for a day full of spa treatments, dress-up, tea parties, dancing and singing along side all of your favorite Disney princesses, and more. The royal party will commence on March 3, 2019 from 10A.M. to 5P.M. at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, Oregon. Foster children are admitted for free and non-foster children can purchase tickets for $50, which includes the event, tea party, and one guest. Registration can be done online, at the door during the event, or in person at our office (1675 West 11th Avenue Eugene, Oregon). If you want to join but don’t have a princess to bring, we offer tons of volunteer opportunities. Of course none of this can be done without the help of our amazing

Best Blogs By Adoptees

The Lost DaughtersLost Daughters is written by a wide variety of adopted women who are 20-60 years old and share their unique adoption experiences and upbringings. Since Amanda started the project in 2011, Lost Daughters has become a safe space for adoptees to contribute their stories and find a strong community of women to relate to.The Adopted LifeAngela Tucker started The Adopted Life as a personal blog in 2009. In 2013, her adoption story was featured in Closure, a documentary spanning two years of her life while she searched for her biological parents and family. Today, Angela works at Amara where she is the Director of Post-Adoption Services, is creating an adoptee mentorship program, and writes for Lost Daughters. She is an advocate for adoptee rights and leader of transracial adoption.I Am AdoptedJessenia Arias created I Am Adopted as an outlet for adoptees to share their adoption stories. It has

Age Appropriate Therapies for Foster Children

 No matter what type of situation a foster child has come from, they have the potential to thrive in a loving and nurturing home. Therapy gives a foster child the ability to regain lost ground. The most potent forms of therapy have an underlying theme of self-empowerment. Depending on the age of the child and what needs to be addressed, these methods may be used together.Cognitive-Behavioral TherapyCognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) takes into consideration the way the child is thinking and works with them to build new behaviors. This form of therapy is best for older children who can sit and communicate effectively. It works to promote emotional growth. Your foster child will be able to learn to understand the intense emotions including those that are attached to past events. From there they can practice how to control those feelings more effectively. Instead of displaying defiant behaviors, a child can begin to use other

Life Lessons to Teach Your Foster Child

Whether you are fostering or adopting a child, once of the biggest questions you will undoubtedly ask yourself is: what life skills and values  you would like to instill in them? While it is true that all children have their own talents, interests, and outlooks on life, there are important lessons that nearly everyone can take with them in their adulthood. Take time to think about the things that matter to you and the extent to which specific skills or behaviors have helped you, and try to synthesize this into a small but valuable list. If you need a little inspiration, perhaps the following life lessons can be of help.Being a Team PlayerWhile independence and learning to stand on your own two feet are crucial for your health and happiness, most scenarios in your child’s life will involve working in a team – including school sports, friendship groups, and work settings. Even being in a relationship

The Importance of Belonging: Using Photos to Cement Memories

As of 2017, there were 123,437 kids waiting for adoption in the U.S., as confirmed in a report by the Children’s Bureau. A lot of these children have a history with foster care and come from difficult backgrounds – increasing their need for people with open hearts to take them in. Parents, in general, only ever want the best for the children that they welcome into their lives, no matter if they are birthed, adopted or fostered. Parenting is always challenging, and when new parents want their adopted kids to feel settled, it can be challenging to know what to do. Yet, what they may not realize is that something as simple as a photo can help bridge the gap their new child may feel in belonging.Photos and BelongingTo cultivate the security that children need to feel, you can tap into the power of cameras and a well-made picture collage. Kids can acclimatize better

Is There Truly One Right Way To Parent?

Parenting By The Infinite NumbersThere are 250 babies born every minute. That means each year there are at least 150 million new parents trying to decipher how to best raise theirs. Move in close to any group of new moms and dads, and you are sure to hear lots of advice being shared and criticism of “other parents”. It’s true that new parents tend to rigorously study trends and research on how best to raise kids, and that’s a good thing. But it’s also important to acknowledge that, although you believe in your approach to proper parenting, it doesn’t mean the way someone else handles their kids is necessarily wrong. A parenting expert on every cornerThere are so many experts categorizing parenting styles and giving advice on how to raise kids, it can be dizzying. And they are often contradictory. The authoritarian parent, one of the four types of parents as defined by

Foster Care and Social Security Disability Benefits

Becoming a foster parent is one of the biggest and most rewarding decisions you can ever make in life. While you do receive supplemental income from fostering children, your family may be eligible for additional benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits for people with serious illnesses, or dependent family members of those with disabilities. There are a few ways children in foster care could be eligible for aid. If Your Foster Child Has a Disability Social Security disability benefits are available to people of all ages. Children will qualify for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI benefits. SSI is only awarded to families in severe financial need, so if you or your spouse has a moderate income, your foster child will not be eligible for SSI benefits. For example, a single parent cannot earn more than $38,000 per year before taxes while having a child qualify for SSI.