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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

All 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

Our History

The Beginning

January 1, 2006

A Family For Every Child (AFFEC), a non profit organization, began with its founder Christy Obie-Barrett, a mother of 12 children – 9 of which are adopted. Christy wanted to make a difference in the lives of more children and found a way through non profits. In January 2006, AFFEC was created to help find permanent homes for many of Oregon’s waiting children with

Heart Gallery of Lane County

April 1, 2006

In April, Christy’s friend, Andrea Kingsley Rippee, joined and helped create and introduce several new programs. The first of these programs was the Heart Gallery of Lane County. This program partners with area businesses to showcase a waiting child with their photo and short biography where their clientele can see them. Our first Heart Gallery partner was the 5th Street Public Market. We owe much to them in their willingness to help get this highly successful program off and running.

Family Finding Program

September 1, 2006

Family Finding started in September of 2006 when AFFEC brought a nationally known speaker, and Family Finding Creator, Kevin Campbell to do 6 month training. AFFEC opened this training to Child Welfare workers and CASAs.

2006 Recap

December 31, 2006

All our efforts were supported 100% by our in-kind donations of local volunteers and businesses.

Mentor Program

April 1, 2007

Our Heart Gallery Mentor program was created to provide local mentors to waiting children so that they would receive positive influences from the local community.

Heart Gallery Christmas Giving

December 1, 2007

This was the first year of our Heart Gallery Christmas Giving program, through which we were able to provide gifts for nearly 100 local foster children.

2007 Recap

December 31, 2007

We worked with over 250 children through one of our many growing programs. We saw over 60 children move through the Heart Gallery to find their Forever Families, largely based on churches for our locations with a new one added every month. Our media coverage expanded to include bus sides and billboards, in addition to our ongoing TV, radio & newspaper coverage. Through these programs we started by featuring one child once a month and now that has expanded to a child once a week. This expanded coverage has contributed

Adoption Agency

April 1, 2008

Became an adoption agency, the Heart Gallery Adoption Agency, which allowed us to recruit for more children and represent our families in a more complete way.

Child Trends

May 1, 2008

Began a relationship with Child Trends, a national research organization, to join Los Angeles and San Francisco in a research project that we believed would show that with our Family Finding efforts, kids leave care sooner and are more connected to those who love them.

Oregon State Partnership

June 1, 2008

Received our first recruitment contract with the State of Oregon to partner with the state on Child-Specific Recruitment. This work focuses on the longest-in-care and hardest-to-place foster children, which is the core of our mission.

New Office

September 1, 2008

Moved into new offices with 8 employees, a big change from 2007 with only 1 employee and volunteers who worked from home. By the end of 2008, over 100 volunteers were helping children to find their Forever Families.

2008 Recap

December 31, 2008

Expanded to over 20 venues for our Heart Gallery, with over 100 children moving through the gallery to their own Forever Families. Began to greatly invest into our website, video, email outreach, & database efforts. The use and introduction of technology into our programs greatly increased our outreach, allowing us expand our programs and set the foundation for nationwide exposure. Life Book Group began, this was created and run by

Princess for a Day

April 1, 2009

Instituted the Princess For A Day for area and regional girls from 2-11 in foster care. Spearheaded by a group of dedicated volunteers, participating girls receive the full treatment of hair, makeup, nails, and a dress.

Recruiting for Washington

December 1, 2009

Began recruiting for Washington Children on our web site.

2009 Recap

December 31, 2009

Through our various efforts and programs, over 300 children were adopted that were deemed Hard-To-Adopt or Special-Needs. Through our recruitment we were able to reduce the average foster care placement of 40 months by half. Started a state-wide campaign to activate and educate other people in areas of Oregon to the plight of the children and how the average person, family, and business CAN make a difference. Expanded our data base to provide many services and tracking for recruitment and our families. Expanded efforts to connect families to the support resources with in their communities in order for them to succeed as a family.

Nation wide photo listing

February 15, 2010

Began photo listing children from many states and all over the country.

Our first adoption!

April 1, 2010

Finalized our first adoptions through our Heart Gallery Adoption Agency.

Washington Heart Gallery

May 1, 2010

Began the Washington Heart Gallery.

Matching Assistance Program

July 1, 2010

Instituted our Matching Assistance program to assist families in the matching process. This program utilizes the skills and experience of our staff & volunteers to support home studied families in their journey towards

1st Winter Wonderland Event

October 1, 2010

Held our first Winter Wonderland Event.This event helps to raise much needed funds and awareness for our organization and our efforts.

Heart Gallery of America Website

December 10, 2010

We took on the responsibility of maintaining the Heart Gallery of America web site.

2010 Recap

December 31, 2010

Our Heart Gallery increased to over 50 venues. This program continues to provide a valuable method of finding Forever Families for many children. Once again we expanded into offices on Beltline Road, with 5 full time and 5 part time employees and over 200 volunteers. Now over 60 mentor matches. We completed our strategic plan, business plan, and 5 year budget. Supported over 20 families a month in our Family Building support group that meets

Hero For A Day

June 1, 2012

First Hero for a Day Event

Summer Event

July 1, 2013

First Summer Event

2014 Recap

December 31, 2014

Created Family Preservation Program Matching Assistance for Professionals

2015 Recap

December 31, 2015

Created Additional services for Matching Assistance Families

2016 Recap

December 31, 2016

Started relationship with 15th Night Celebrated 10 years

2017 Recap

December 31, 2017

Started building Host home program

Upcoming Events

AFFEC’s First Netflix Party Movie Night
AFFEC’s First Netflix Party Movie Night
May 28, 2020

Join us on May 28th at 6PM as we watch a family favorite movie through the Netflix Party Chrome Extension! This feature allows users with the extension to watch a movie simultaneously and talk in the side chat box. RSVP using the Facebook event and vote in our poll to choose between Despicable Me and Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. We are asking for a suggested $7 donation (average price of a movie ticket). We hope to see you there!

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Online Kids Art Auction COVID-19 Relief Fundraiser
Online Kids Art Auction COVID-19 Relief Fundraiser
June 15, 2020

Join and help support A Family for Every Child by participating in our first ever Kids Art Auction! We will be listing over a dozen original art pieces created by foster and non-foster children in our local community, and putting the pieces up for auction to help raise funds for our programs affected by COVID-19. You can help by either bidding in the auction or contributing a piece of your own! The auction will be live from June 15th to June 21st.

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Virtual Hero for a Day
Virtual Hero for a Day
July 11, 2020

Due to current government restrictions on large gatherings, we have decided to take Hero for a Day online! This action packed day will shows all children the hero that they can become. Bring your child into the Zoom Room where they can meet their favorite heroes. This day includes activities and visits with firemen, police, doctors, lots of dogs and so much more! We hope our community will be able to come together and thank our local heroes for continuing to keep us healthy, safe, and fed during these unprecedented times, all from the comfort of home.

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Heart of Country Festival
Heart of Country Festival
September 13, 2020

Please join us Sunday, September 13th at Alton Baker Park in Eugene for our 4th annual Heart of Country Festival! Enjoy music from local bands, food from local food trucks, and wares from local vendors while dancing the day away. More details to come!

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A Home for The Holidays
A Home for The Holidays
November 12, 2020

On behalf of A Family for Every Child and our A Home For The Holidays Auction, we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to partner with us to support this worthwhile event benefiting foster children in search of their forever families. This ‘Winter Wonderland’ themed night consists of dinner, auction packages both silent and live, our famous dessert dash, an impressive wine wall selection, and a beautiful holiday celebration.

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Princess for a Day
Princess for a Day
March 07, 2021

2021 will mark our 13th year of providing foster and community children alike the opportunity to experience a day of pampering and fun. In 2020, we catered to more than 350 “princesses” and we expect to surpass that number in 2021! This is a regal gathering for all the children in the land. This event is to celebrate the children both in foster care and not by giving them the royal treatment. This includes being pampered, adorned in a new outfit fit for royalty, and a fancy tea party.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Today in the United States, 423,000 children are living in Foster Care waiting for their Forever Family. Approximately 115,000 of these children are ready to be adopted. Unfortunately, 40% of these children will wait for over three years in foster care before finding a permanent home. Could you be a Forever Family for a child that is waiting?

“The solution to adult problems tomorrow, depends on how our children grow up today! There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing when we save our children we save ourselves.”

Who are the children in foster care?

Many children are in foster care because they were removed from their families due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Children live temporarily with extended family, a foster family or in a group home while social workers try to help the birth family. If the birth family’s problems cannot be resolved, the agency that has custody of the child goes to court to legally terminate parental rights. At this point, social workers try to find a safe and loving adoptive family for the child. Virtually every race, ethnic group and socio-economic category is represented. Some children are waiting alone and others are waiting with siblings.

I’m not married, can I still adopt?

You do not need to be married to adopt. Single parents can make great parents to a child looking for their forever family.

What if I work full time?

You do not need to be a stay-at-home parent to adopt. As long as you have a safe place for the child to stay while you are away from the home, working full time should not be a problem.

Our house is smaller, does the child have to have their own bedroom if we adopt?

No, each child only needs to have their own bed. Children of the opposite sex may share a room if they are under a certain age determined by the State (usually around 6 years old). Keep in mind, depending on the circumstances there may be child-to-square-feet requirements or behavioral concerns that may not allow children to share a room.

I am no longer child bearing age, am I too old to adopt?

No. It is encouraged for parents with experience to adopt. Age should not be a barrier to becoming a parent to a child in foster care.

What if I don’t own my own home?

You will not be turned down for adoption if you do not own your own home. There are no rules preventing you from renting your home.

What is a SNAC agency?

An agency who works to find families for children who have special needs is a SNAC (Special Needs Adoption Coalition) agency. An adoption is usually considered “special needs” if: the child is over six years old, part of a sibling group, has some physical, mental or emotional disabilities, or is part of an ethnic minority.

What is Matching Assistance?

This program was created to connect families to children nationwide, and increase the search results for children waiting in foster care. We are committed to assisting families, caseworkers and adoption workers in the effort to place children in adoptive homes. Families that choose to work with the Matching Assistance Program receive a log in to a special nationwide search engine with an ever growing private listing of many children that can’t be seen on a public site. This program assists struggling families during the adoption process in any part of the country.

Is the Matching Assistance Program a part of AFFEC Adoption Agency?

The adoption agency and Matching Assistance are separate programs of A Family For Every Child. The Matching Assistance Program is a nationwide search engine to help parents locate a child for their family. The Adoption Agency is only available for Oregon families and can help with Home Studies and other aspects of adoption. The families who choose to go with AFFEC Adoption Agency also have complete access to the matching program.

What is a Home Study?

A home study is both a process and a document required by the government for every adoption to make sure that your home is a safe and healthy place for a child. It ensures that you are well-prepared to become parents, and have the means to support a child or children as part of a “forever family.” A home study can only be used for one adoption (sibling groups are considered to be one, if done at the same time). AFFEC can complete a home study, and also provides a free copy of your home study to you.

Who selects the family for a child/children?

The selection process varies from state to state. In some states the caseworker of the child makes the final decision, in other states it is decided by a committee of professionals in the adoption field. Consideration of a family is done by reading the family’s home study and assessment.

What is the ICPC process for adoption from another state?

Because each state has differing adoption laws, when a child is transferred between states, an ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children) is required. In the state of Oregon, the Child Welfare Manual details a tutorial for completing the ICPC. More information can be found on the state of Oregon’s ICPC website.

Can LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Queer) parents adopt?

The laws vary from state to state. In many states this is permitted; however, for interstate adoption, this becomes more complex. Click here for a current summary of the laws by state.

How much does it cost to adopt?

While it does not cost to adopt from the state foster care system, there are fees with choosing a private agency to write your home study/assessment. The fees for private agencies vary considerably. Here is A Family For Every Child’s fee schedule. You can also access a list of resources to help with funding for adoption services by clicking here.

Where do I take the required training?

Each state has it’s own requirements on training in order to become an adoptive parent. The training sessions vary by area and location, and are typically four to ten weeks or weekend sessions. You will want to check into what is available in your area.
The training sessions are designed to:
  • Prepare prospective parents to better understand a child who comes out of the foster care system
  • Prepare prospective parents for adoption
  • Challenge individuals to grow and develop as a parent
  • Help parents consider: what type of child can I successfully parent? Am I able to parent a child who has been neglected and/or abused to some degree?

Legal risk vs. Legally free

Legal Risk – A child in state foster care with a case plan for adoption may be placed with a pre-adoptive family as a “legal risk” placement if the actual termination of parental rights is not yet completed. Many states are very proactive about finding adoptive placements while children are still considered legal risk, because the state would like to avoid large numbers of children being wards of the state. Some states do everything possible to keep the number of children considered orphans low and work hard to find adoptive families before the child is considered a waiting child. Usually, children with legal risk statuses are only shown to families within the state with a hope to find an adoptive placement before the termination of parental rights is completed. Legally Free – A child in state foster care who is “legally free” for adoption is a child whose birth parent’s rights have been terminated by the state. This means the child is a ward of the state and has no legal parents. All the paper work is done, and there is no risk that a child placed for adoption will not be adopted by the family selected as the pre-adoptive placement. OR  When a child’s parents or guardians have relinquished their parental rights or have had them terminated in a court of law. Once this has occurred, a child is then “legally free” to be adopted by another person or family member.

What is adoption?

Adoption is the permanent, legal transfer of all parental rights and obligations from one person or couple to another person or couple. Adoptive parents are real parents. Adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children were born to them. An adopted child has the same legal rights and privileges as birth children.

Who are the children who are available for adoption?

More than 120,000 children wait for permanent homes in the United States. Most are school-aged or older. There are brothers and sisters who need to stay together. More than 60% of the children come from minority cultures. The majority are boys. Many have emotional, physical, learning disabilities or mental retardation. All are waiting for the love and security that only a permanent family can offer.

Who can adopt?

All kinds of people choose to adopt, there is no one ” acceptable ” type. Agencies will consider single, married, divorced and same sex applicants. Agency requirements vary, but the age range most acceptable is usually 25 and up and often depends on the age of the child. There are women and men who are highly educated with well-respected jobs, high school graduates with blue-collar jobs, people with grown children, and others who want to care for a child with special needs. They are all capable people who have a lot of love to share.

How long will it take to adopt?

The time frame, like the cost, varies with the agency and the type of child being adopted. The wait is typically between two and seven years for a healthy infant. If the prospective family has a completed home study, children with special needs can often be adopted quickly, within several months.

What is a home study?

The home study is an educational process designed to help the agency get to know you and teach you about adoption and its impact on children and families. You will attend a series of meetings with a social worker that will provide more in-depth information. Social workers want to be sure that a person or couple can provide a safe and nurturing environment for a new child in their home. The home-study process varies from agency to agency. Some conduct individual and joint interviews with a husband and wife; others conduct group home-studies with several families at one time. Most ask applicants to provide written information about themselves and their life experiences.

Where are the children living while waiting to be adopted?

Most children who are waiting for permanent families in the United States (those with special needs) live in foster or group homes because their parents were unable to care for them. Often, personal and family problems made it impossible for the parents to maintain a home for their children. Most of these children have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

How does foster care differ from adoption?

Foster care is meant to be temporary shelter for a child; generally the plan is for the parents to take their child back when they are able. If that fails, the child is legally freed from their birth parents and made available for adoption. Once adopted, the child becomes a legal member of a family other than his/her biological one.

Can the birth parents take a child back?

In order for a child to be adopted, the birth parents have to relinquish legal custody or their rights have to be terminated. With most agency adoptions, a child is already legally free for adoption before a placement occurs. While cases where a parent changes his/her mind (usually before an adoption is finalized) are highly publicized, they occur infrequently.

Can I adopt a child in a different state?

Yes. The Adoption and Safe Families Act, passed in 1997, requires state agencies to speed up a child ‘ s move from foster care to adoption by establishing time frames for permanency planning and guidelines for when a child must be legally freed for adoption. The bill also removes geographic barriers to adoption by requiring that states not delay or deny a placement if an approved family is available outside the state.

What is involved in adopting a child from a different state?

Currently to adopt across state and territory lines a process must be followed. That is guided by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children(ICPC). This agreement lays out who will be responsible for the supervision of and the financial aspects of the placement. In other words, who supervises and who pays for that supervision. This financial responsibility also includes which state or territory will pay for post- placement therapies, subsidies and respite care, thus it is vitally important that this process be followed properly.

Can I adopt a child of another race?

Yes. In October 1995, the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act became effective. This act and subsequent revisions bar any agency involved in adoption that receives federal funding from discriminating because of race when considering adoption opportunities for children.

Should I be a foster parent before I adopt?

In order to adopt, it is not necessary to begin as a foster parent. Foster families should be able to adopt the child in their care, if the child becomes legally free. Becoming a foster parent may increase your chances of adopting a young child.

Organizational Documents

Employees

Christy Obie-Barrett
Executive Director

Christy Obie-Barrett, the Executive Director created the agency through dedicated and insightful leadership. She brings the unique perspective of an adoptive parent, a business person and a community partner together to motivate others toward positive outcomes for children. Christy is President of the Heart Gallery of America.

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Charlene Savant
Associate Director
Charlene is the Executive Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator to Christy Obie-Barrett and A Family for Every Child. Charlene brings a wide variety of experience, compassion, never ending enthusiasm and commitment to whatever task/assignment/project lies ahead. Especially, when it comes to “A Family for Every Child” and the programs/people/families and children it affects. Just ask her, she will tell anyone who will listen.
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Kelli Smith
Child and Family Operations Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator

Kelli was a long term volunteer with A Family For Every Child before finding her place with our organization. Since 2012, her position has grown to include Child Recruitment Services as well as the Volunteer Coordinator for the organization.

“I consider it a privilege to be a part of this organization and to work alongside such dedicated individuals. I firmly believe that there truly is a family for every child.” Kelli is exuberant about her work and eager to form partnerships with agencies and social workers nationwide. “We all have the same goal in mind-to find stable, loving homes for waiting foster children. By providing free recruitment services, we can achieve this goal together.”

While Kelli’s work is her passion, she likes to spend her free time with her husband, two grown children as well as with many friends and relatives. While they enjoy trips to the Oregon Coast, University of Oregon football, and the beauty that is the Pacific Northwest, they are also self-described nerds and their home is filled with their memorabilia collection.

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Jan Ferguson
Mentor Director
Host Home and Mentor Programs Director

Jan comes to us having worked 17 years in Special Education and has always had a passion for supporting youth. She has extensive experience with youth with Autism, ADHD, PTSD, RAD and numerous other disorders. It has always been her desire to be a consistent, patient and positive advocate for young people.

Having lived most of her life in the Midwest, she moved to Eugene in June ’18 to start a new adventure. Enjoying the outdoors, cooking, reading and yoga are some of her passions, along with spending time with family & friends.

Her role as Mentor & Host Home Programs Director has given her a place to focus her passion. Being the mother of two grown adult daughters, she had been on a search to find a place to put her concern & desire to be useful. Being offered a position at A Family For Every Child was the perfect solution. In addition to helping facilitate successful matches with Mentors & Mentees in our Mentor Program , Jan is very excited to see the Host Home Program grow and help get local students in homes and off the streets.

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Shawnell tolliver

Adoption Agency Assistant

Heart Gallery Director & Photo Coordinator

Shawnell began her journey with A Family For Every Child early 2018 as a Family Adoption Specialist Volunteer and was hired as the Matching Assistance Director and Heart Gallery Director early 2019.  Shawnell now works for the agency as the Adoption Agency Assistant and Heart Gallery Director in addition to helping with special events such as the Silent Auction for the annual Gala Fundraiser. Through her experience she has gained a unique perspective in agency development, marketing, and serving our mission of helping every waiting foster child find permanent and loving homes. Shawnell is passionate about community volunteer engagement and brings positive enthusiasm  to help inspire families to find their children during their adoption search. 

Andrew Hampton
IT Director
Before joining A Family for Every Child as the IT Director, he spent 5 years working as a web developer / programmer specializing in work with schools, banks, utilities, small businesses, and nonprofits. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family, travel, exploring the outdoors, and is a music fanatic.
Alex Graham
Events Associate

Alex has been with A Family for Every Child since August of 2019. Before he joined the team, he worked in retail after graduating from Oregon State University in 2014. Finding a passion for coordinating events and working with the public while in college, Alex determined he was done with retail and wanted to go back to something he had been missing. Having been born and raised in the Eugene/Springfield area, Alex feels very at home in his community and is glad to be making a positive impact while working with A Family for Every Child. Alex enjoys art, music, cooking, photography, and collecting vinyl records. 

Adoption Workers

Rosalind Trotter
Adoption Worker
Eugene

Rosalind has a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention from the University of Oregon. She worked as a caseworker for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare department for seven years. She has also worked with homeless families and victims of domestic violence. She says, “I believe that taking care of children is the most important job in our society and children in foster care are among those needing the most care”. Rosalind was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Italy. She has worked in Africa helping girls to go to high school. She has three children, six grandchildren, one cat, and enjoys gardening and writing.

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Nichole Brown
Adoption Worker
Eugene

Nichole Brown has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from The University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. She worked as a Bilingual Child Protective Services caseworker for 12 years and has extensive experience working with foster families, interviewing child abuse victims and developing individualized case/safety plans. She currently serves as a legal assistant and child visitor for juvenile and family law attorneys currently serving local youth in foster care.

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Heather Raskin
Adoption Worker
Eugene Area

Heather is an adoption worker based out of the Eugene/Springfield area, however, she works with families all over the state.  She has been with the agency for several years now and absolutely loves being able to help families through their adoption journey.  She has a huge heart, and has made it her mission to find loving and stable homes for children in the foster care system. Heather has a background in education and taught elementary and middle school for 13 years in Florida, California and Oregon before stepping into the social work arena.  She spent time traveling around the United States in her camper before settling down in Oregon. She has worked with diverse populations and especially loves to work with non-traditional families. Heather connects well with children and goes the extra mile when it comes to providing service for her clients before, during and after adoptions.  Additionally, Heather facilitates a community adoption support group that meets in Eugene once a month and is in the process of creating a group in the Medford area.   

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Staci Super
Adoption Worker
Portland Area

Staci is an adoptive parent who has a passion for assisting others grow their families through adoption.  Staci is a passionate advocate and has a strong knowledge of adoption and how the system works.  She lives in the Portland area with her children and husband.  They enjoy the outdoors, helping others, and doing things together as a family.  Staci is a dedicated worker who has many years of experience as a youth support counselor and as a teacher.  Staci loves assisting others through the adoption process.

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Tina Childers
Adoption Worker
Washington

Athenia (Tina) Childers……..was born in California to a single mother in crisis. She spent most of her formative years moving often from state to state, even at one point living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Much of these years were spent moving in and out of foster care, group care, receiving care and relative care.

Tina has 4 biological children and 7 grandchildren and 1 very cherished angel. Currently she has a teenager and her two sisters residing all in the same home.

Growing up in care Tina brings a unique perspective to the table. Always questioning and encouraging our youth to question. Bringing the “family value” of teaching our children to Dream……that is the one word that most us take for granted. Passion…….Drive……..Teach……..these are all very valuable qualities that Tina has had to learn along the way. One’s that she values above all else and shares with friends and family.

Tina has worked in Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program / Shelter (YWCA), Federal Probation & Parole, State of Washington Children’s Administration (Child Protective, Child Welfare, Division of Licensed Resources), Pioneer Human Resources, Auburn Youth Resources, Sea Mar Community Healthcare and Anthem Healthcare (Amerigroup.) Currently she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensics, and a Master’s in Science Criminal Justice Administration. With numerous other trainings and certifications. It is also with great anticipation that Tina looks forward to collaborating with our community, state and agency partners to provide a better future and to teach our kids to Dream again.

Lyndsie Wynn
Adoption Worker
Bend
My name is Lyndsie and I live in Redmond, OR. I enjoy playing volleyball, practicing yoga, and reading! I have a passion for working with children and families and I am a very motivated individual with a strong focus on my career.
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Dani Clifford
Adoption Worker
Bend
Dani is a compassionate human services professional with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human services from the University of Oregon. She has a background in foster care where she worked primarily with the foster youth. For the last several years, she has been assisting foster youth, aiding them in their journey to become self sufficient leaders of their own lives as they age out of the system. She helped them to secure life opportunities in housing, education, employment and helped them to develop necessary skills for success. Dani is a dedicated and resourceful advocate with an infectious enthusiasm for helping others. She is passionate about improving the care and well-being of those who experience societal disadvantages or are unable to advocate for themselves. She is extremely excited to work with a non-profit adoption agency and to further her reach within this system. Dani has strong facilitation and case management skills with experience in maintaining cultural sensitivity, establishing rapport with members of diverse groups and creating an open and safe environment. She believes in focusing her work on open communication and mutual respect to ensure the best outcome for all involved. Personally, she is a PNW native, proud dog mom and auntie of two. She is an outdoors fanatic and loves to kayak, camp and hike, She is a travel enthusiast, lover of all things furry and a sucker for a good scary movie
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Chauntel Semien
Adoption Worker
Eugene

I was born and raised in here in Eugene Oregon and have no plans on ever leaving this beautiful state. I got my B.A. at Northwest Christian University and studied English, History, and Early childhood Education. During that time, I interned as a teacher’s aide at a local elementary school and volunteered at our local Childs Advocacy Center KIDS FIRST. After Volunteering at KIDS FIRST, I knew I wanted help children in the foster care system find forever families. I am thrilled to be apart of the AFFEC family. During my free time, I like to take my daughter on mommy and daughter dates to Barnes and Noble and order warm drinks and read for hours.

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Mae Salas
Adoption Worker
Salem
Mae earned her Masters’ of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Her education and career have always focused on her passion to make a difference in the lives of others. Mae has a strong background in working with foster and adoptive families and extensive experience working with children with developmental disabilities. Mae is a focused, driven and organized profession that strives to support families in their self-directed adoption journey.
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Stephanie Cummings
Adoption Worker
Eugene/Prineville

Hello my name is Stephanie Cummings and I am an Adoption Worker.

I have been working with families and children for over 30 years. I started out as a foster parent at 23 with a new baby myself. My household quickly grew with 2 bio children, 5 foster and a guardianship within a year. I fell in love with the children and began to look at the "why" and "how" we have children in foster care and the needs of families and communities. I became an advocate for my kids in court and providing resources for special needs. My heart grew bigger and I needed to know and research about this vulnerable population of little people. I decided to continue my education at received a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and in Women's Studies from Portland State University. I also have a 2-year degree in Interpersonal and Domestic Violence.

I have worked with families all over Oregon in many different roles. I have been an in home safety service provider, a foster parent, community trainer, family advocate, homeless families case manager in Portland and a child welfare social worker in Child Protective services and adoptions. I recently worked as an Education Manager for Head Start and Early Head Start and a Family Advocate. I have many years and training hours in attachment and bonding, special needs and education, RAD, oppositional and defiant behaviors and trauma and crisis.

I live in Prineville but travel to Eugene often as a second home base! I grew up in Springfield but have traveled and lived all over the state of Oregon plus a few other states! I have a blended family with 5 children and 6 grandchildren all under the age of 7! I love to travel, read, quilt and meet new people!

I feel strong and open communication, knowing your families and providing amazing family and child connections and matches are so important in what I do! I am so excited to begin this journey with A Family for Every Child

Wendy Cooley
Adoption Worker
Eugene

I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University. My job history includes a couple of years at an adoption agency, 10 years as a caseworker for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare and five years with the Nursing Facilities Unit. I was born and raised in Oregon and have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies include hiking, gardening, reading, computers and learning.

Lani Watkins
Adoption Worker
Portland
Lani has always been passionate about helping others her entire life. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree from George Fox University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is originally from Hawaii and is a proud mother of 2 incredibly smart and awesome sons. Lani owns a hypnosis business in Vancouver, Washington and her flexible hours provided her a great opportunity to serve families in the adoption process. She has countless volunteer hours with the YWCA working in the domestic violence and sexual assault departments. Her experience and education have provided her with the knowledge and skills to empower others. Family is an extremely important part of what makes Lani the woman she is. She looks forward to working with local families in the adoption process.
Megan Anderson
Adoption Worker
Eugene & Other Select Areas
As an advocate for youth in foster care as both a CASA and an Adoption Worker, I cannot wait to help guide you through the home study and adoption process. Adoption has always been a part of my story—my older sister was adopted from a neglectful situation as a young child more than 40 years ago. I draw from this experience to assist families seeking to adopt.   As a graduate from the University of Oregon I have strong connections to the Eugene/Springfield area, where I have lived with my family since 2002. I have four children ranging in age from 2-14 and married my husband in June of 2019. Currently, I am balancing adoption work with running my own business creating online corporate training content.   I understand this process can be overwhelming and emotional. I see my job as helping families see their strengths and then helping them match successfully with a child waiting in foster care who will benefit from those strengths
Audra Landry
Adoption Worker
Eugene/Springfield/Salem
Audra Landry has been working with at risk children and families for close to 20 years. As an adoptive parent herself, she believes that every child deserves a safe, stable and loving home. As a professional, she has seen firsthand just how many children are in need of their forever homes and it has been a longtime dream of hers to help both families and children achieve this. Audra worked for 14 years in residential treatment with some of the most vulnerable and challenging children in Oregon. It was in that time she knew that this was the kind of work she wanted to continue to do, so she went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Social work and graduated from Portland State University in 2017. Since graduation she has worked as a mental health therapist primarily with children in the school setting, but also has experience with adults as well. When Audra is not working, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and downhill skiing. She loves a good challenge and her greatest outdoor accomplishment was climbing to the top of South Sister. She is married and has an adopted 15 year old son and had twin daughters in September. She is very active, family oriented and takes pride in watching her children grow. Audra is very excited for an opportunity to build connections and help families grow through adoption.
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