Hero for a Day 2022

Thank you so much to everyone who attended, volunteered at, donated to, and otherwise supported our 2022 Hero For a Day event! It was our first in-person Hero For a Day event since 2019, and we had the oppertunity to turn nearly 150 community kids into superheroes. Attendees were able to meet their favorite comic book characters, and then learn how to be heroes themselves. Between touring a fire truck, meeting ambassador animals, rock climbing with Spiderman, exploring police vehicles, constructing sailboats, and more: it was an action-packed day we'll never forget.

A huge thank you to all of our amazing community partners and super sponsors for making this event happen.

Photos

Super Sponsors

Community Partners

Richard Loescher, Ricardo The Remarkable Magician

Darin Mancuso, Fostercare Ombudsman

Springfield Police Department

Eugene Emeralds

Way of the Donkey

Party Perfection Oregon

Bricks and Minifigs Eugene

Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire and Rescue

FETCH Therapy

Annie Erskine, Comic Artist

Boy Scouts of America

Girl Scouts of America

US Army National Guard

Team Duckling

Oregon Herpetological Society

MultiVRse Gaming

Oregon State University Extension

Whole Earth Nature School

Sara Robertson, Fresh Start Photography

 

Heart of Country 2021

 

YEE HAW! Welcome to the official page for the 5th Annual Heart of Country Festival, happening Sunday, June 13th 2021 from
12PM - 4:30pm, live on the A Family for Every Child YouTube channel. 
Check out all of the details below!

 

LINEUP

Rudolf Korv
at 12PM

Pitchwood
at 1PM

Outlaw Shine
at 2PM

The Real Gone Trio
at 3:20PM

...and featuring performances from MusicMasters Studio Students!


199 W 8th Ave. Eugene, OR 97401

1099 Chambers St. Eugene, OR 97402

Thank you to Whirled Pies and Wonder Wok being our Projection Partners! Stop by during the event to enjoy some amazing food and watch the performances on their big screens!


Raffle Drawing Prizes

Custom Playhouse by Jordan Iverson Signature Homes
Custom Playhouse valued at $4000
$500 Jerry's Home Improvement gift card
Scooter Starter Pack
Scooter Starter Pack (Two Available)
DIY Date Night Package
DIY Date Night Package
BBQ & Brew Package
BBQ & Brew Package
Light Up Your Backyard Package
Light Up Your Backyard Package
Strider Sport Bike
Strider Sport Bike (stand included)
Bacon & Brew Package
Bacon & Brew Package
BYOBunny Package
BYOBunny Package

1 for $5, 3 for $10, 5 for $15, 10 for $25, 25 for $50
(Playhouse entries are 1 for $10, 3 for $20, 5 for $30, 10 for $50, 25 for $100)

Community Fundraisers

Fast Track Car Wash

June 11th - June 13

Get your car washed at either of the Fast Track Car Wash locations within the time window, and present the physical flyer for 50% of your proceeds to benefit AFFEC! For the flyer, click HERE.

Most Wanted Espresso

June 7th - June 11th

Come buy a drink special at Most Wanted Espresso during the week leading up to Heart of Country weekend, where a portion of sales will benefit AFFEC!

ColdFire Brewing

June 13th

Enjoy some amazing beer and food at Coldfire Brewing on Sunday, June 13th, where $1 of every beer sold will benefit AFFEC!

Check out last year's event!

Heart of Country 2020

Raffle
$500 Jerry's Home Improvement gift card
Wera Kraftform 6 piece Screwdriver Set
iRobot Roomba 690 (Wifi enabled)
Backyard BBQ Package
DIY Date Nigh Package
The Great Outdoors Package

Entries are $1 each, 10 for $10, 30 for $20, 50 for $30, 75 for $40, and 100 for $50. Receive bonus entries if you share the raffle from the RallyUp page.

Support our area partners!

ColdFire Brewing 263 Mill St, Eugene, OR 97401
Most Wanted Espresso 1400 Executive Pkwy, Eugene, OR 97401
Alesong Brewing and Blending 80848 Territorial Hwy, Eugene, OR 97405
Vinnie's Smokin' BBQ 38493 McKenzie Hwy, Springfield, OR 97478 and at Public House 418 A St #4606, Springfield, OR 97477
The Zingaro Beergarden. 777 W 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
Cyderish 255 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402

Heart of Country 2019

Check out pictures from 2019's Heart of Country Festival!

2019 Sponsors and donors

Last year, we had many sponsors, food trucks, vendors, artists, and people involved with this big event!

Hero for a Day 2021

Thank you!!

Hero for a Day 2021 was a success! Scroll down to view 2021's flyers, registration info, and sponsors. Thank you all to participated!

Full Schedule

Also streaming on our Facebook page 

Starting at 12PM, you and your little hero(es) will get to meet some of your favorite heroes, see multiple animals, craft a fun project, and have the most of fun, all from the comfort of your home! (Registration is now closed.) 

Thank you to our sponsors!!

Calling All Heroes!

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. Through Zoom, you and your child will get to see your favorite superheroes, and the local heroes we see saving lives everyday. 

We want to also use this event as an opportunity for our community to thank our local first responders and frontline essential members during this health crisis. Without them, we would not be able to hold this event and continue serving our foster community.

This event is free, but we do ask you to register before the event if you can. Each registration comes with the opportunity to come and pick up a Hero Kit from our office to utilize during the event. If you live out of town and want a kit, we can ship one to you (just pay the cost of shipping). Email events@afamilyforeverychild.org to inquire about your Kit. 

We will contact each registrant individually with details and to give you the Zoom code to log in before it starts.  

Contact us at events@afamilyforeverychild.org with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Photos from past years' Hero for a Day!

This year's Zoom presentation will include:

LEGO building competition provided by Bricks and Minifigs Eugene

Multiple magic tricks provided by Ricardo the Remarkable

Q&A with multiple therapy dogs and dog trainers from FETCH Therapy

Face to face meeting with miniature donkeys provided by Nancy Willard

 

Origami with Alex and Deadpool

Virtual Walkthrough of Cascades Raptor 
Center 

Trivia Dunk Tank with Grocery Outlet

 Virtual Fire Truck tour

...and a few more surprises!

Interested in sponsoring or hosting an activitY?

Contact our Events Team today for more information!  

A Family for Every Child
Events & Development Department
(541) 343-2856
events@afamilyforeverychild.org

A Home For The Holidays 2020

Thank you all!

For 2020, A Home for the Holidays went virtual!

With 2020 being the bizarre and unprecedented year that it has been, the annual A Home for the Holidays Gala & Auction went online and so many of our friends and supporters and adoption families went online and showed up for the kids and their community. 

We want to give a HUGE thank you to Robb Holloway and Sid Voorhees for running the show and making the hour-long broadcast such a delight. We also thank Dave at Zion Ideas Productions for producing the show and making this all possible. And we thank the Boy Scouts of Eugene for hosting our small team and giving us the space to run the show. 

We want to thank this year's A Home for the Holidays sponsors for continuing to support us and show up for our youth. We also want to thank every business and person who contributed items and time to our auction. Even through these troubling times, so many of you were able to support us and our mission, and we couldn't be more grateful.

Stay tuned for a full wrap up and see how this year turned out. We also have Giving Tuesday coming up on December 1st, a day meant to give back to your community and support the causes you love. 

Program Success Spotlight Stories

Children's Champion Award 2020

Mentor Program

The Mentor Process
Sports Mentor

Mentor Program Mission Statement

The mission of A Family For Every Child's Mentor Program is to unite foster care and at-risk youth in our community with enthusiastic, dedicated, and caring adults who can provide friendship and encouragement while supporting them through life’s various transitions, instilling independence and ultimately building long lasting bonds.

Program Goals

Since the Mentor Program’s inception in 2007, the vision of the program has been to connect youth with positive members of their community to build friendships and have role models who:

  • Provide youth with support and guidance
  • Provide the youth with someone to call and hang out  "just because."
  • Provide a potentially permanent bond for the youth.
  • Teach independent living/life skills, instill creativity, and promote the youth's self esteem.

Who We Serve

A Family For Every Child’s Mentor Program serves Oregon youth in Lane County, the greater Portland area, and other areas of Western Oregon. We serve children who are at risk and in need of permanent connections due to being in foster care or have been exposed to experience that could hinder their full potential.

How Do I Refer My Youth?

Parents, caseworkers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents... almost anyone can refer a youth! A pillar of our program is that all youth participation is voluntary -- every youth in our program is in it because they want to be and no youth shall ever be forced to have a mentor. Know a youth who needs mentor?

What Does A Mentor Do?

There aren’t any typical mentor matches as we don’t have typical youth or mentors. The beauty of A Family For Every Child’s Mentor Program is that it allows for each mentor match to be distinctive. Mentors and youth are matched based upon their mutual interests, not by numbers on a waiting list. Your mentor experience will be as unique as you are! What are your interests? What are your passions? What do you like to do to pass the time? Mentoring is so easy because all you have to do is include your youth in the things you already like to do!

How Do I Become A Mentor?

Becoming a mentor doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Most mentors are matched within six weeks of submitting their application! You’ll find that it’s easier than ever to make a difference in a youth’s life.

The Mentor Process

Sports and Outdoors Mentor Program

Designed for our male youth, the Sports and Outdoor Mentor Program makes mentoring more accessible than ever. With a focus on physical activities, lower mentor age requirement and shorter 6 month commitment period, we're breaking down the barriers of male mentoring and creating new possibilities for youth who typically wait longer for their very own mentors

Non Traditional Mentor Program

New for Fall 2019, our NTMP places our Volunteers in specific locations within Lane County. We are kicking off the new program at the Eugene Library and area middle and high schools. Volunteers will be available in the Teen Center  / Family Resource Rooms to meet with youth for homework support, conversation, play a game of cards, etc. It is our belief that organic connections will be made.  After establishing a relationship with a youth for several months, transitioning to our traditional Mentor Program is always an option.

Requirements include:

19 + yrs old / 2-3 hours , once or twice a week

complete Volunteer application including 3 references/ background check

 

Mentor Program

The Mentor Process
Sports Mentor

Mentor Program Mission Statement

The mission of A Family For Every Child's Mentor Program is to unite foster care and at-risk youth in our community with enthusiastic, dedicated, and caring adults who can provide friendship and encouragement while supporting them through life’s various transitions, instilling independence and ultimately building long lasting bonds.

Program Goals

Since the Mentor Program’s inception in 2007, the vision of the program has been to connect youth with positive members of their community to build friendships and have role models who:

  • Provide youth with support and guidance
  • Provide the youth with someone to call and hang out  "just because."
  • Provide a potentially permanent bond for the youth.
  • Teach independent living/life skills, instill creativity, and promote the youth's self esteem.

Who We Serve

A Family For Every Child’s Mentor Program currently serves youth in Lane County Oregon. We have temporarly suspended the program in the greater Portland area and other areas of Western Oregon for the time being. We serve children who are at risk and in need of permanent connections due to being in foster care or have been exposed to experience that could hinder their full potential.

How Do I Refer My Youth?

Parents, caseworkers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents... almost anyone can refer a youth! A pillar of our program is that all youth participation is voluntary -- every youth in our program is in it because they want to be and no youth shall ever be forced to have a mentor. Know a youth who needs mentor?

What Does A Mentor Do?

There aren’t any typical mentor matches as we don’t have typical youth or mentors. The beauty of A Family For Every Child’s Mentor Program is that it allows for each mentor match to be distinctive. Mentors and youth are matched based upon their mutual interests, not by numbers on a waiting list. Your mentor experience will be as unique as you are! What are your interests? What are your passions? What do you like to do to pass the time? Mentoring is so easy because all you have to do is include your youth in the things you already like to do!

How Do I Become A Mentor?

Becoming a mentor doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Most mentors are matched within six weeks of submitting their application! You’ll find that it’s easier than ever to make a difference in a youth’s life.

The Mentor Process

Sports and Outdoors Mentor Program

Designed for our male youth, the Sports and Outdoor Mentor Program makes mentoring more accessible than ever. With a focus on physical activities, lower mentor age requirement and shorter 6 month commitment period, we're breaking down the barriers of male mentoring and creating new possibilities for youth who typically wait longer for their very own mentors

Adoption Agency | By State

A Family for Every Child is currently licensed for Adoption in the following states, with plans to expand in the future! Don't see your state? Email us and we can help you find resources!

Oregon Adoption Agency

An Oregon Adoption Agency Since 2008!

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 special focus on special needs/hard to place children.

In 2008, A Family for Every Child became licensed as an adoption agency in the State of Oregon, beginning the next stage of our journey!

As an adoption agency, A Family for Every Child has developed our own systems and applications to optimize the adoption process, making it easier for everyone involved! We pride ourselves in completing home studies faster and more affordably (We only charge what it costs us!) than traditional adoption agencies. Families who choose our agency can expect transparency and collaboration throughout the home study process!