Volunteer

A true superhero knows that it's only through teamwork that you can accomplish anything you dream of and that's why we need your help.  This event is made possible with the continued support of our community and the help of a lot of volunteers. There are a wide variety of areas where you can volunteer; take a look at the list below and find something that piques your interest.  Our volunteer shifts average 4 hours unless you sign up for more. 

*All volunteers must be 18 years of age.

Volunteers Needed

Share your superhero skills and talents and sign up today to become a Hero for a Day Volunteer. 

All Volunteer Areas

  • Registration
  • Passport Station
  • Photographers
  • Snack Shack
  • Hero Store
  • Secret Identity Store
  • Station Help
  • Greeters
  • Set Up / Tear Down
  • Media Outreach
  • Sponsorship
  • Donations
If you have any questions about how to get involved with our Hero for a Day event, please contact our Events Team at events@afamilyforeverychild.org or call us at (541) 343-2856

Ready to Sign Up?

If this is your first time volunteering for Hero for a Day, click the New Volunteer button to complete the volunteer form. *Be sure to check the Events box under the Volunteer Interests section. If you have volunteered with us in the past, WELCOME BACK, and please click the Returning Volunteer button to complete the survey for your areas of interest and shift preferences.

Sponsor Hero for a Day

On behalf of A Family for Every Child we would like to invite you to partner with us for our 7th annual “Hero for a Day” event, supporting foster children in search of their forever families.  Hero for a Day is an opportunity for children to be transformed in to Heroes and spend time with heroes from our community, and those from the pages of their favorite comic books.

Children who attend meet firefighters, police, and real soldiers. Professionals from around the community, including doctors, dog trainers, dentists and more, come to show the kids what they do, and offer insights for children into what they can be when they grow up. At this hands-on event kids build rockets, learn how to play lacrosse, and even sit in a fire truck! The children leave this event with their very own hero costume, and some new toys. The goal for this day is for all children to leave having learned that heroes come in all shapes, and that they too can be a hero. Hero for a Day helps further our mission by raising awareness about foster care in Oregon. We believe that this year’s Hero for a Day will be our best yet, and together we can further our goal of finding homes for every waiting child.

Event Information

Calling All Heroes!

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.

Foster children are granted free admission. General admission is $50.00 per child.  Discounted tickets and scholarships are available for all children. Contact us at events@afamilyforeverychild.org for more information and to receive your discount!

This year’s heroes & activity stations will include :

Real Fire Truck & SWAT team vehicle and gear try-on

Lunch provided by Roaring Rapids Pizza

A Magic Show, Face Painting & styled “Hero” Photo Booth

Lego Table with Bricks & Minifigs

Dogs, dogs, dogs & a Donkey Petting Zoo

Exciting Martial Arts Demos & a Rock Climbing Wall

Hands-On Experiments with The Science Factory & Riverbend Surgeons

Hang with Sluggo and the Eugene Emeralds

Meet your favorite heroes from the “big screen” & take home your very own costume & goodie bag!

Interested in hosting a station or volunteering? 

Contact our Events Team today for more information!  

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

Event Information

Calling All Princesses!

You are invited to a ROYAL event for all the magnificent children in the land. Our Princess for a Day event provides a unique experience that will last a lifetime and creates unforgettable memories for foster children and community children alike.  

During this event, our “princesses” experience a day of pampering fit for royalty. A fun-filled day of makeovers, a photo session, even a red carpet entrance into the Princess Tea Party completes this memorable journey.

The Royal Treatment

  • The princesses will each begin their journey in the Princess Salon where their personal Makeover Team will assist them with choosing their tiara followed by hair, make-up and nail services. Don't forget to ask about our Glitter Station! 
  • Next, the princesses will move to the Royal Dressing Boutique where our Princess Stylists will help them select a gown and slippers and of course, accessories!  
  • Each princess will commemorate the event with a personal photo session with one of our professional photographers and receive one photo quality print as a keepsake.
  • Finally, each princess will be announced from the red carpet as they make their regal entrance into the Royal Tea Party room where refreshments will be served and dancing will commence!  Keep an eye out... there may be Disney Princesses among us!
  • Every princess will get to take home their gown, slippers, and crown!
*Each princess chaperone is required to stay with their child(ren) the entire event.  Children may never be left unattended.

Admission

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

ALL children are welcome!  Advanced registration is required for all children.  Each registered child must be chaperoned by their King or Queen (parent/adult representative). Due to limited space, we can only accommodate one King or Queen  per registered princess, so please leave all wicked step-sisters and forest creatures at home.

Ticket Information

  • Tickets purchased online will be mailed to the address provided.
  • Tickets may be purchased in person at our office:
    A Family For Every Child
    1675 West 11th Avenue
    Eugene, Oregon 97402

Admission

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

ALL children are welcome!  Advanced registration is required for all children.  Each registered child must be chaperoned by their King or Queen (parent/adult representative). Due to limited space, we can only accommodate one King or Queen  per registered princess, so please leave all wicked step-sisters and forest creatures at home.

Ticket Information

  • Tickets purchased online will be mailed to the address provided.
  • Tickets may be purchased in person at our office:
    A Family For Every Child
    1675 West 11th Avenue
    Eugene, Oregon 97402

Monthly Giving

ROUNDUP APP is a service that connects you to participating nonprofit organizations nationwide and allows you to “Round Up” purchases made with your debit or credit card and donates the difference to your preferred nonprofit.  For Example:  If you purchased a coffee with your debit or credit card for the amount of $1.95, your purchase would be rounded up to $2.00 and 5¢ will be donated to your chosen nonprofit.  Sign Up TODAY and choose A Family for Every Child as your preferred organization and your spare change could change the life of a foster child in need of a forever family

You can Sign Up 3 ways

Getting started is easy… click through the slideshow steps below and follow the !

Have more questions about how it works?  Please contact our Development department by phone or email:

Phone : 541-343-2856

Email : development@afamilyforeverychild.org

You can also visit RoundUp's FAQ's page


If the Round Up app isn’t for you, you can also set up a monthly giving amount of your choosing by following the link below.  Here you can connect either your bank account or credit card and subscribe to give a set amount each month. 

Set up Monthly Giving

Whether you choose to Round Up, give monthly or make a one-time donation, your support provides programs and resources to help a foster child find a forever home.

About MAP

What Is The Matching Assistance Program?

Family Matching Made Easy

MAP is a free membership program that provides nationwide families with access to additional child listings in order to help support home study approved families who are seeking to adopt from foster care. MAP works alongside you, your adoption worker, and children’s social workers during the “matching phase of the adoption process, connecting waiting families with children.

What is required to join MAP?

A current home study that approves your family to adopt from foster care. We accept foster-to-adopt-home studies. An open mind towards children who are:
  • Over the age of 7,
  • Part of a sibling group,
  • A member of a racial or ethnic minority
  • Who have some level of emotional, behavioral, developmental, physical, and/or medical needs.

What services does MAP provide families?

MAP provides families with a first-rate child search platform to pinpoint potential matches, and connect families with their social workers. From there, MAP allows families to submit their home study,  pictures, and share an in depth biography with children’s social workers. Because adoption can be an arduous process, we also offer a private online support group. Additionally, there is an Additional Services Program that allows families to connect with an Adoption Specialist.

And More!

During the sign up process, families have the opportunity to create their own family profile to send to social workers. The family profile includes a brief biography with pictures and information about the family and what they can offer a foster child. The family biography allows the family to show off their personality and make a more personal connection with a social worker. Home studies tend to be very similar, but the family biography is a way for the family to show off how unique they are and make them stand out. The family biography is sent out with every home study submission a family makes through our site.

Adopting a Teenager

Can I adopt a teen?

Though most people think about babies when they think about adoption, there are many older children and hundreds of teens who wait for a family. Most of them have been in foster care for a considerable length of time; many have faced multiple moves and great losses.

Until fairly recently, teens in foster care were rarely considered for adoption. Thankfully, that has now changed. It is now recognized that it is never too late for someone to join a family. In fact, some individuals are adopted as adults.

When these teens in foster care are no longer the responsibility of the government, they become extremely vulnerable. Amongst the kids we see on the streets, homeless, panhandling, or involved in prostitution, many grew up in foster care and have little or no family support when they leave foster care. Most teens who have been adopted thrive in their new families and say it was the best thing that ever happened to them.

Like all of us, these kids need stability, a sense of belonging, and opportunities to develop and grow. These things are all far more likely if they are part of a family.

What sort of people adopt teens?

All sorts of people. Some have never parented before; others have seen their children grow up and leave home and want to continue being parents. Parents considering teen adoption will need to be strong, resilient, and, most importantly, totally committed to making it work.

Do the teens want to be adopted?

Yes. Here are some comments from waiting teens on what not having a family feels like:

"I truly don't feel like I've ever been loved ... there's a gaping hole in me."
"I've been in and out of foster care since I was little ... I've moved so much, I don't even remember the names of half the people I have lived with."
"I've really struggled with the idea of family ... trying to explain to people that I just don't have one."
A study on adolescent adoptions by the University of South Carolina, interviewed teens who had been adopted. This is what they said:
"It's the most important thing that happened to me."
"I've got a family and found love. I have everything one hopes for. I fit in a family."
"I have a normal life now. I have a driver's license, and I drive. I have friends, and I get to go on overnights. There is no comparison to what my life is now and what it was before."
"Before I was adopted, I was the property of the state ... just being adopted feels better."
"If it weren't for my mom, I wouldn't be where I am today. In the beginning, I had given up. I really tested her, especially in school. There was no way I'd be where I am today without being adopted. The best part is the relationship I have with my mom now."

What is the process for adopting a teen?

All prospective parents must complete a homestudy and an educational component before adopting a child. The homestudy is conducted by a social worker who interviews you and your family over several weeks. The social worker is not looking for perfection. The homestudy is not a test. The social worker is interested in why you chose adoption, your knowledge about adoption, how you have dealt with life's struggles (in particular, infertility, or grief and loss issues), and how you plan to deal with adoption or cultural issues as they arise. The homestudy process can be an excellent opportunity for self-reflection, clarification, and growth. The educational component is also a legal requirement. This series of seminars or one-on-one workshops explores the challenges and issues that may arise during your life as an adoptive family.

Teens are Waiting Children Too!

Donate to LifeBooks

While the donations of scrapbooking supplies has been enormous and we can never say “Thank you” enough.  We are in need of all the great supplies to make LifeBook pages.

Can you help?  Do you have any unused stickers, adhesives, or alphabet letters you no longer want or need, consider making a donation for this heart warming project. You can drop them off at AFFEC Offices or give us a call and we can help get them into the right hands.

You may want to consider making a cash donation to help us purchase the supplies we need at this time. For only $25 we will be able to purchase page protectors and adhesives to complete a LifeBook and present it to a Child.

PLEASE SPECIFY ON CASH DONATIONS THAT IT IS DESIGNATED FOR LIFE & WELCOME BOOKS

Donate to Lifebooks

Contact :

Sandra Estep
Lifebook Co-Coordinator
541-517-3647 (call or text)
Lifebook@afamilyforeverychild.org
Gail Van Gundy
Lifebook Co-Coordinator
541-525-3500 (call or text)
Lifebook@afamilyforeverychild.org

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