Child Matching Events

What is it?

In a Child Matching Event, social workers are given the opportunity to present their child/children to an audience of home study approved families. The advantage that a Child Matching Event creates is the opportunity for a social worker to expand on and discuss their child in further detail toward families who have interest in the child.

Social Workers

  • Identify your child/children who you wish to present towards potential home study families. Get involved by contacting our Recruitment Coordinator for available dates.
  • Gather media (pictures, videos, audio clips, etc.) that represent your child(ren). High-quality media and a good variety are valuable towards the presentation of the child.
  • Prepare for questions that families might ask during the webinar. Review the child’s case files and identify what the child needs in a forever family. It is also important that workers share the strengths of the children along with their struggles. If possible find the contact information for others in the child’s life such as a CASA, mentor, or a foster parent who cares for them. A Family For Every Child can coordinate with these individuals to also participate in the webinar.
  • Schedule a practice event in order to test audio and ensure that the event goes smoothly the day of. At the specific date and time of the event, log on from your computer and be prepared to discuss the child you are presenting. Log on instructions and all needed info will be sent to you days prior to the event. Be prepared to answer questions about the child, as families viewing the presentation have the ability to type questions they may have.
  • Following the conclusion of the webinar, families will have the opportunity to submit their home study. Please be prepared to follow up with interested families and discuss with them if they are a good potential fit for the child, or why they may not be.

Families

Child Matching Events give families the opportunity to learn more about a child that they have some interest in. The advantage in these events comes from the ability to ask any questions towards the social worker and receive immediate responses. Further information on the child is presented by the social worker as well. This is often information that goes beyond a child’s bio.

The interaction through questions during the webinar are valuable for both families and social workers, as families are allowed to ask all potential questions anonymously and social workers can effectively provide information on their child in a time-efficient manner.

Any families who are interested in attending a Child Matching Event webinar must be a home study approved family. Only Adoption Workers and families with completed home studies will be approved to attend these events due to the personal and detailed information that will be provided about the children during the event. All home study families interested in a Child Matching Event will need to pre-register for the specific event that they wish to be involved in.

Donors

We would like to thank all the people and businesses that keep the Heart Gallery going with your generous donations, contributions, volunteering and advocating for these special children. We strive to include all who have helped us succeed. If we have missed you or have not included you on our list, we apologize and hope you bring this to our attention. Thank you!

Partnering for success

A Family for Every Child’s mentoring program is essential to helping foster youth make school and life transitions at critical stages in their development. OCF strongly supports enhancing this important program, ensuring positive, successful mentoring experiences for an estimated 60 middle and high school students throughout Lane County. -Kathleen Cornett, Vice President of Grants & Programs, Oregon Community Foundation
A Family For Every Child’s (AFFEC) mentor program is expanding its reach by connecting with children’s schools in order to help them perform better academically and remain on track to graduate. With support from the Oregon Community Foundation AFFEC has brought on a new team member who is charged with conducting school-based community outreach, connecting with children’s school counselors, and supporting our mentors in their mentee’s academic life. This will allow AFFEC to help children and teens see greater academic success, and feel more supported by caring adults in their lives. Currently a little more than half of foster youth obtain a high school diploma due to difficulties when transitioning from home to home, and mentors have the potential to ease those transitions with schools and other institutions. Thanks to the Oregon Community Foundation, AFFEC will now be supporting mentors and youth to help ensure children not only receive their diploma but exceed academic expectations. Our new Education Liaison is Mary Bromley, Mary has been an AFFEC mentor for over five years. She is the only consistent person in the life of her mentee. Mary also recently retired from the school district and will begin working with us on our Education/Mentor/Mentee Program as an Education Liaison.
Oregon Community Foundation
In addition to providing more academic support, AFFEC is launching a Mentor Assisted Life Skills Program which will pair mentors with youth who will work on developing life skills together. Mentors and mentees will be offered a curriculum that includes information on how to handle one’s finances, healthcare, cooking, and more. This program will better prepare children who are at risk of “aging out” of foster care for living on their own. These classes in conjunction with the mentors’ support will aid in the success of each child becoming a self-sufficient adult! Our new Life skills effort is lead by our new team Member, Christina Sutton.
Christina comes with a long history of connection to AFFEC. In the very early days she ran our Mentor Program, and then she took a break to foster and adopt many children. While she still has a house full, she is getting involved again to help us build our education classes for youth at risk of aging out of care and those who will become adults with little preparation for the real world. She will plan and teach bi-weekly classes on everything from “How to write a check” to “How to shop for food” to college, trade-school knowledge, and resume-building. Christina grew up in foster care and never got a family of her own, so her passion for at-risk youth is huge and based in real-life experience. If you would like to get involved in this effort, we need you – contact mentor@afamilyforeverychild.org or Christy@afamilyforeverychild.org or call 541-343-2856.

Donations Have Been Made On Behalf Of:

Andrew Deffenbacher from B2 Wine Bar and Grill
Ed from Fisherman’s Market
Kurt Catlin from Kalapuya High School
Ladonna Webb
Laura Beane
Ryan Tesdale
Wendy Nastiuk
Rania Karam
Cindy Herzog
Amber Thompson
Thomas Savinar
Juliana Santos
Ramon Guirnalda
Jeri Gedrose
Peggy Babics
Donna Baillie
Steve Brown
Evans Fund
Marnie Gleason
Don DeZarn
Randy Cummings of Courtsports Athletic Club
Kris Coburn from Arnold Gallagher P.C. Attorneys at Law
Karen L. Obie from Obie Family Foundation
Kelly Myers from West Side Iron Inc.
OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
Kathleen George of Spirit Mountain Community Fund
Brian Schafer from TeBri Vineyards
Benton Lane Winery
Joe Hawes from Hawes Financial Group
Diane Hoffman from Folkroots Herbal Care, LLC
Colette Kemper from Midnight Oil Farms
Oregon Caberet Theatre
Bendistillery
Dana Tessler from Rainbow Valley Design and Construction
I Run With Scissors Salon
Oregon Coast Aquarium
The Nail Nook
Oakshire Brewing
Cindy Rust from OLCC
Five Pine Lodge & Spa
Saint Martins Episcopal School
Denice Fisher
The Mord Family
Heidi Reese
The Reese-Baenen Family
Jacob Reese and Marley
Ryan and Theresa Reese
Washington
Jianna Rice
In Memory of Nicholas Warner
In Honor of Whitney Christine
In Honor of Michael Dunn
YAC St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Susan Ottmer
Sarah Allen from the Oregon Community Credit Union
Charles “Chuck” Kirkpatrick
Shelley Kurtz The Staff and Management at KVAL TV Don Leber Jessica Byrne Lane County Kids
Bi-Mart Stores McKenzie Broadcasting Bill Barrett, Tm Fox & Tracy Berry KEZI Kidsports Kids Directory
Our Very Generous Business Advocates
Arbor South Architecture Build a Bear Workshop (Inside the Valley River Mall) Creswell Chamber of Commerce Creswell Library Dr. Dave Matthews DMD Friendly Street Market Gateway Mall Iron Works Gym (Creswell) Nifty Fifties & Sixties OMT Mortgage-Keller Williams Realty Precision Classics and Collision Ray’s Food Center (Creswell) Siuslaw Valley Bank SOFCU Credit Union (Creswell) Summit Bank Valley River Center
Faith Based PartnersBethesda Lutheran Church Calvary Fellowship Eugene Faith Center Faith Center First Babtist of Eugene Friendly Street Church of God Grace Community Fellowship Norkenzie Christian Church Northwood Christian Church New Life Assembly of God Temple Beth Israel Willamette Christian Center
Community Partners
20/30 Club Assistance League CASA Committed Partners for Youth Hairbadoo Junior League
Media & Technology Thank you to Adept Computer Services/K9 Bytes and Shannon Barnard  AIC-Advanced Investment Corp – Ann Olson Bill Barrett Bi-Mart Stores Don Leber Erin Bunde Greg Raschio Jessica Byrne Keri Stewart Kids Directory Kidsports Lisa Raffin Martin Hall and Neil Moyer McKenzie Broadcasting, KKNU Poppie Advertising Shelley Kurtz, KVAL Tim Fox Tracy Berry The Staff and Management at KEZI The Staff and Management at KVAL
18th Avenue Print 5th St. Market
A Matter of Time A New you Salon and Spa
Abby’s Pizza Advance Cabinets
Aileen Walker Albertson’s – River Road
Amanda Fitzgerald Amber Quick-McKee w/ Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Ambrosia Andrea Kingsley Rippee
Annesha Montez Photography Applebees West 11th Avenue
Arbonne Skin Care Arbor South Architecture
Assistance League of Eugene Associated Business Systems
Aunt MiMi’s Specialty Cakes B2 Wine Bar
Bari Lipp Foundation Bates Steak House
Beards Framing Ben Franklin Crafts
Beppi and Gianni’s Trattoria Best Buy and Staff
Best Western New Oreg Motel Bi- Mart
Bicoastal Media Bill and Shelly Walter
Bill Hastings Bob and Teresa Sherman
Bill Healy Foundation
Bookmine (Cottage Grove) Boulevard Grill
Bounce Brewed Awakening
Brian Cole Build a Bear
Caf 440 Caprice Day Spa
Caribbean Tan Carrie Robinson
Cascadia Editing in Philomath, Oregon Celebrations Sugar Fantasy
Central Print and Reprographic Services Century Bank
Chambers Communications Chambers Family Foundation
Chateau Nonchalant Chipotle
Chris Walton and Beth Sheehan Christian Family Adoptions
Christina Sutton Scott Morison
City Nails Cornucopia
Collins Foundation
Costco Cottage Grove Community Center
Cottage Grove Hospital Cravings Catering
Creswell Kiawanis Creswell Library 64 West Oregon Ave. Creswell
Crossroads Espresso Crux Gym
Dandelions Flowers and Gifts Datalogic
David Minor Theater Department of Interior
Diamond Woods Golf Course Dr. Dave Matthews DMD
Duck Race Elephant?s Trunk
Embassy Suites, Portland Emerald Lanes Bowling
Enchanted Forest Eric Herman
Eugene Airport Eugene Ballet
Eugene Catering Cornucopia Eugene Concert Choir
Eugene Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. Eugene Public Library
Eugene Swim and Tennis Club Eugene Toy and Hobby
Express Press Printing and Graphic Fast Track Car Wash
Fenario Gallery Fiddler’s Green
Flavors Catering Framin’ Artworks
Fred Meyer Fred Meyer – River Road
Friendly Street Market Gateway Mall
Gina Jensen and Chris Nettleton Gina Jenson
Grand Slam USA Gray’s Garden/Reed & Cross
Great Clips, Springfield Hair Ba Doob Ba!
Hair by Kristi Stutesman Harry Ritchie Jewelers
Hartwicks Haugen Advertising and Graphics
Hilton Garden Inn Hole in the Wall BBQ
Holiday Inn Express, Eugene Hollywood Video (Willamette St.)
Holzman Foundation
Hotel Vintage Plaza Imagine It Framed 29 South 6th St. in Cottage Grove
Iron Works Gym James Horniman
Jeff Wilson Jerry’s Home Improvement Stores
Jim Chatfield Judi Schons
Judith Teal June
Kaylin Jensen Kernutt Stokes Brandt & CO.
KEZI Television Kim Adams
Kim Rambo Kingsley Family Fund-SF
Koala Construction Kowloon Restaurant
KVAL Kyle and Kate Hudson
Labor Ready Lakeside Clinic in Dexter
Lamar Advertising Lane Community Culinary
Lane County Public Service Building LANZ Cabinets
Les Schwab Levi Strauss
Life Technologies Lisa Weinstein
Lizzy’s House of Cakes Marche
Margo and Herb McKillop Market of Choice
Maureen Smith McDonald Framers
McDonald Wholesale McDonalds Rest.
McGraths McKenzie River Broadcasting
McKenzie River Golf Course Mekalas
Meyer Memorial Trust An anonymous gift in honor of Louise Murphy
Mill Casino, Hotel and RV Park Mookies
Mo’s Restaurant Mujeres Salon and Spa
My Party Bus Naya’s Taqueria
Nifty Fifty & Sixties Nigel and Michelle Chapman
Nike Northside Liquor
Oakway Catering Oakway Center
Oakway Golf Course Ocean Dunes Golf Course
Obie Family Foundation
OES Catering Of Grape and Grain
Oldfield’s OMSI
OMT Mortgage / Keller Williams Oregon art supplies
Oregon Coast Sea Lion Caves Oregon Gallery
Oregon Rod, Reel and Tackle Osteria Sfizio
Pacific Office Automation Pam Singh
Papa’s Pizza Peace Health Cottage Grove Hospital & Clinic
Pepsi PF Chang’s
PGE Foundation
Phil and Sharon Means Pietra’s Artisian Bakery
Precision Classics and Collision Premiere Homes
Putters/Strike City/Lasertrek Pyreneese Vineyards
Radisson Hotel, Portland Rays Food Center (Creswell)
Reflections Salon Rett Baumann
Richard & Alisa Caesar Rossetti Mardeting & Michelle Winetrout
Rotary Club Ruhoff Homebuilders
RW Family Fund Santa Clara Animal Hospital
Sara J. McRae, LMT Sassy Cupcake
Saturday Market Science Factory Chdrn Museum
Scott and Kathy Kitchell SE Insurance Specialists
Search Engine Consulting by SEO Does Matter Seattle Seahawks
Secret Garden B&B SELCO
Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Shari’s – Springfield
Shari’s – West 11th Shelley Hill
Sign Pro Siuslaw Bank
Siuslaw Valley Bank Sixth Street Grill
Skate World SOFCU Credit Union 168 Melton Road Creswell
Speedi Sign Spingfield Courthouse
Spirit Mountain Community Fund Sports Authority
Springfield Arts Council Springfield Police Department
Staples Steve and Linda Bruns
Strike City & Putters Sue Loome
Summit Bank Sunsational
Susie and Sandy Trahan Suzanne Arlie
Sweet Life Patisserie SYMANTEC
Ta-Da Productions Territorial Vineyards
Terry Ellsworth The Boulevard
The Bridge Bar and Grill The Chocolate Factory
The Lesson Factory The Shedd Institute
Three Mile Canyon Farms Tiffany Sullivan
Tokatee Golf Club Towers Marketing
Trader Joe’s University of Oregon Bookstore
US Bank Branches Utopia Salon
Valley River Center Very Little Theater
Vista Framing and Gallery Wells Fargo Bank PCS
Wild Duck Caf Wildhorse Resort and Casino
Windermere Realty (Oak St. office) Woodard Family Foundation
YMCA Young’s Market Company of OR
Thank You To All Our Generous Mentors  
Youth Mentors   
Family Building Mentors   
Andrea Rippee Amanda Williams Barbara Orsi Brenda Korte Carolyn Wehrman Delores Mord Gina Holtz Larry Hilliard Mary Bromley Patricia Hilliard Rick Stuber Rosemary Miranda Sasha Mord Shannon Gibson Sharon Gelisse Sterling Dailey Tom Overly Wayne DeWilde
Bob and Tami Clayton Carrie Baker Christina Sterling Cindy Gilbert Cynthia Scanlon Deb Walters Elizabeth Ray Marlene Drescher Nicole Witt Stacy Runnells

Registration Information

Hero For A Day is an action-packed event taking place on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 12-3pm at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield, Oregon.

This event allows foster children and community children alike to be transformed into the heroes we know them to be. Hero For A Day is for children ages 2 to 18 and is a day filled with tons of fun activities designed to create an educational and fun experience for all of our heroes while we raise awareness about our foster care system and the children in it waiting for their forever families.

Ticket Information

  • Tickets purchased online will be mailed to the address provided.
  • Tickets may be purchased in person at our office:
    1675 West 11th Avenue
    Eugene, Oregon 97402
  • Tickets purchased after MAY 3rd, 2019 will be available at the door on the day of the event.

Foster children are granted free admission. General admission for non-foster children is $50.00 per child. ALL children are welcome!

Important Information

Once you have completed the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have registered a non-foster child, please follow the link provided to purchase your ticket(s). If you have already registered a non-foster child and still need to pay, please use the “Pay for Registration” button below.

If you have any questions about registration or need to make any changes to your previous registration, please feel free to call our office at 541-343-2856 or email us at events@afamilyforeverychild.org for assistance. Please do not re-submit the registration form.

Thank you for your interest in Hero For A Day 2019!


We are no longer accepting online registrations, but we will accept ALL walk-in the day of the event, Saturday May 18, 2019 beginning at 12 pm at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield, OR.

We hope to see you there!

Eugene Marathon 2019

  • WHEN
  • April 26th -28th, 2019
  • WHERE
  • Autzen Stadium

Event Information

Join A Family for Every Child and RUN FOR FREE in the 2019 Eugene Marathon.  With the RUN FOR FREE program you can, you guessed it… Run for Free while raising money for a great cause.  Simply sign up to run the 5K, Half Marathon or the Marathon on behalf of A Family For Every Child, meet your fundraising minimums and you will Run for Free!

Donations made through the fundraising efforts of our Eugene Marathon/Half Marathon/5K team members will help us continue the important work we do here in Lane County and nationwide to support children currently in the foster care system; by connecting them with mentors, providing fun and encouraging activities, and helping children and parents through the matching and adoption process to create forever families.

In just two easy steps, you will be on your way so don’t walk…RUN!!! RUN FOR FREE with A Family for Every Child! 

RUN FOR FREE WITH THE EUGENE MARATHON!

HOW TO RUN FOR FREE

  • Sign up with your charity by clicking here and start fundraising!
  • Receive your RUN FOR FREE code* via email following sign up. 
  • Register with your code on our official registration website.
  • Fundraise! Fundraise! Fundraise!  Fundraising Minimums: $175 – Full or 1/2 Marathon, $75 – 5k.  Fundraising Deadline is May 5th, 2019 at 11:59 PM (PST)

*Codes are distributed every Monday

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Volunteer / Intern Positions

A Family For Every Child is proud to have many volunteers and interns work with our organization. Want to help A Family For Every Child but aren’t sure how? Volunteering is a great way to support our many programs serving foster and at-risk youth and families right here in our own community as well as foster youth and pre-adoptive families nationwide! Often we can be flexible to accommodate many schedules. Our positions offer a real-world experience for those who wish to improve their skills and add to a resume, for students requiring intern or volunteer hours, students who wish to gain experience, or for anyone who has a desire to give of themselves and their time to our mission. Some of our positions are better suited in our offices, however many tasks can be completed from anywhere. We could not do this important work without you!

Urgent Volunteer Positions

Professional Experience Volunteer Positions

Are you seeking Professional Experience through a volunteer role?

Are you looking at a career change? Need to build experience on your resume? What to learn about nonprofit and/or Social work? We have the roles for you!!
These are Rare Opportunity to make a REAL Difference. For these roles we are much more selective, we ask for a 1 year commitment of 6-10 hours a week. We will invest in you with the same commitment.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please send your interest and resume to christy@afamilyforeverychild.org

All Volunteer Positions

A Home for the Holidays Registration

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