Child Safety Policy

As an organization working with vulnerable children, A Family For Every Child (AFFEC) is committed to conducting programs in a manner that is both safe for the children we serve and to help protect the children with whom our staff and volunteers are in contact with. ThereforeAFFEC has implemented a Child Safety Policy.

While the vast majority of individuals have good intentions, AFFEC must safeguard against the few who do not. To help protect the wellbeing of the children we support the following procedures will be followed.

  1. AFFEC will conduct a background and reference check on all new AFFEC employees and members of the Board of Directors. In addition, all AFFEC volunteers who are in contact with children or have access to a child’s sensitive, private or personal information will be required to complete and pass a background check.
  2. All employees and volunteers will receive extensive on-going training and education on how to keep children safe which includes information on mandatory reporting and current foster care issues.
  3. All AFFEC mentors and adoptive familiesare to complete a comprehensive Inquiry/Application Form and a Confidentiality Form. AFFEC will check the three references provided and will conduct state and national background checks on each individual. Upon completion of the background check, AFFEC will conduct an extensive interview which includes an in-home visit to each individual or family.
  4. Each mentor and family will be required to attend a thorough orientation which includes training on the foster system, the children and the children’s needs. AFFEC will provide ongoing monthly training and will conduct monthly check-ins and additional meetings to ensure procedures are being followed.
  5. Each mentor must complete the DHS Child Welfare History Check which AFFEC obtains through the Department of Human Services (DHS). This ensures that all AFFEC mentors pass a criminal history check. DHS background checks are additionally required for any mentor in advance of any excursion, event or visit lasting more than one day.
  6. AFFEC will also thoroughly review any other history the mentors may have had with DHS, including any investigations which may have been done, even though no criminal charges were found.
  7. AFFEC Adoption Workers are required to spend 10 hours of mandatory training annually on the subject of keeping children safe in an adoptive placement. AFFEC’s Adoption Workers provide 24/7 support to families who might be experiencing difficult behaviors from their children. Accordingly, it is important that AFFEC’s Adoption Workers are able to provide accurate child safety training and support to adoptive families and children during situations involving difficult behaviors.
  8. Due to the continuing need to provide background checks and fingerprinting, AFFEC will maintain on staff at least three qualified background check managers (QBM) at all times.
  9. All AFFEC physical files containing sensitive, private or personal information pertaining to children in our programs are properly stored and locked securely. All AFFEC electronic files containing sensitive, private or personal information pertaining to children in our programs are secured by means of passwords and secure-access-only procedures.

Media Kit

Partners

Organizational Documents

Board of Directors

Executive Board of Directors

Joan Obie2014
Board President

I moved to Oregon from Montana in 1986 , prior to that, I owned a fine china and gift shop. I did bookkeeping for many of my father’s businesses and did research for a local law firm.

I have always felt a passion for children and have four of my own. Through the years we have hosted more than 30 kids from France and Spain and taken in many children who were in bad situations ranging from homeless kids to adult kids that just needed help getting on their feet. I have volunteered in different aspects, all of which dealt with kids.

I served on the Board of director’s with Direction Service prior to joining the Board with AFFEC. I spent six years volunteering with First Place Family Center where I recruited sponsors to proviide Christmas for the families being served by First Place. I always feel that we may not be able to change adults but we can impact children’s lives for the better.

I really enjoy working with AFFEC because thiis organization does so much to make lives better for those who we serve.

I have great respect and admiration for Christy and the organization she founded.

Jeff Brown2016
Board Vice President
Jeffrey Brown is a local minister and former Director of Technology at the University of Oregon. He spent 15 years in high education IT before transitioning to the church. He is the father of four children that have been adopted from DHS foster care. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Oregon State University and a Master of Divinity from Northwest Nazarene University. He joined the board at the end of 2016.
Delores Mord2006
Treasurer

Grew up in Montana, where Delores and spouse operated their own large Dairy Farm. Along with working with the welfare system in foster care where Delores created a soft spot in understanding the neesd of children in the system

Delores and faily moved to Oregon continuing in foster care and to venture into the family business of Advertising. This lead to many other added business Manufacturing, Radio, and Property Development in Private companies and a Public Company

She worked in all departments of the business bookkeeper, scheduling, office manager, tax preparations and Chief Financial Officer of the multiple organizations of the business in several states.

Education: Correspondent courses, Lane Community College, ongoing courses throughout the years and working with CPA’s.

Delores has been involved with A FAMILY FOR EVERY CHILD since inception. Has done some mentoring and has passion for working with the organization in making a difference for our children and families.

Has acted as Bookkeeper in all aspects along with preparing the 990’s and government documents, Insurance and Payroll reports.

Jessica Pelatt2016
Board Member / Secretary
Long time Mentor, Volunteer Photographer and Volunteer Venue coordinator, all around AFFEC supporter. Working with children has always been a large part of Jessica’s life from helping with her little brother, babysitting and volunteering to work with children from a young age. At sixteen she even raised money to work with children at an orphanage in Azerbaijan, which ended up being a life changing experience for Jessica. Now with a degree in English and a masters in Education, she has worked as a teacher. Jessica now dedicates her time to many volunteer roles, many of which A Family For Every child are very grateful to have her a part of. Her role as a long time Mentor, to her mentee Lizzie, has made all the difference in Lizzie’s success after Foster care. Lizzie now lives with Jessica and her husband. Jessica loves photography, reading, singing, crafting and many other hobbies. She also loves learning new skills. Jessica is committed to assisting AFFEC in many ways, and we at AFFEC feel honored to have her on our team.
Gary Gamer2016
Board Member
Gary Gamer is a consultant working internationally in child welfare, livelihoods and strategic planning. Examples of his assignments include evaluating a national system for preventing institutionalization of children in Moldova, developing the strategic for Uganda’s national child helpline, developing case management and monitoring and evaluation systems for child protection centers in Turkey and evaluating women’s empowerment rural livelihood programs in India. Gary worked in senior leadership positions for Holt International Children’s Services including President and CEO. In his career he also has directed refugee resettlement and immigration counseling programs and coordinated peace and justice initiatives for national boards of U.S. churches. Gary holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is also a graduate of the University of Oregon’s College of Business.
Jani Agular2017
Board Member
Native Oregonian
Bachelor of Arts – Merchandising – American College of Switzerland
24 years small business owner/ distributor
43 years retail & wholesale experience May Co., Pendleton Woolen Mills, Nordstrom, Etcetera
15 years employed by Levi Strauss & Co. Eugene – Order Analyst
Hobbies – Grand kids, Scrapbooking, photography, hiking, volunteering
Christy Obie-Barrett2006
Non-voting Executive Board Member and 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.

Associate Board of Directors

Associate Board Mission: The mission of the Associate Board is to promote awareness of a Family for Every Child’s mission in the communities it serves, to organize philanthropic initiatives and to provide volunteer service. As ambassadors of AFFEC, the Associate Board has the opportunity to participate in many different ways, including fundraising, public relations, outreach and recruiting of new members.

Chris Sterling2013
Director
Chris worked for the Department of Human Services for over 20 years. Now she works for our wonderful community partner, CASA of Lane County. Chris is interested in getting involved Read More
Christina Sutton
Associate Board Member
Christina comes to the Associate Board with the longest history of connection to AFFEC. In the very early days she ran our Mentor Program, and then she took a break Read More
Desiree Robinson2013
Director
Desiree has been our primary go-to gal for video for over five years. She has created 90% of the videos on our web page, and now as an Associate Board Read More
Linda Hamilton2013
Director
Linda joined the AFFEC Associate Board to assist us with diversity outreach. She has helped connect us to the faith-based community and to an organization in which she is very Read More
Lisa Gallo2013
Director
Lisa is a local attorney and is excited to get involved on the AFFEC Associate Board. We are hoping Lisa can help guide our newly formed system-change group, which meets Read More
Mary Bromley2013
Director
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 Read More
Steve Apel2013
Associate Board Member
Steve has been a long time volunteer for AFFEC. He prepares our weekly newsletter in addition to daily postings of waiting children on our social-media platforms. Steve is looking forward Read More

We continue to build our membership in the Associate Board. We meet quarterly as a group, and each members meets with the Executive Director and staff regularly.

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.
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.

Charlene Savant
Executive Administrative Assistant / Project Coordinator

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.

Anthonia Ambrusko
Permanency Specialist

Anthonia graduated from UCLA with her BA in History in 2011 before moving to Eugene the following year. Wanting to do work that would have a positive impact on the community, she made the leap from marketing to working with a A Family For Every Child in the Permanency Department. Anthonia actively works with youth and mentors to create and foster successful matches. She is a mother and a mentor and in her free time enjoys playing with her son, home improvement projects and naps.

Jen McNutt-Bloom
Event Coordinator

Jen has worked as an event coordinator for more than 12 years. She feels no occasion is too small to celebrate and loves it when all the big plans and tiny details culminate into a successful event. Prior to AFFEC, Jen managed events for King Estate Winery, Iris Vineyards and the University of Oregon Graduate School.

Jen is passionate about great events and supporting the AFFEC mission. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs

When she’s not planning the next event, you’ll often find Jen cheering at her kids’ many sporting events, browsing estate sales, or exploring the outdoors with her husband and three sons.

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.
Jammie Trimble
Adoption Worker – Portland Area

My name is Jammie Trimble and I am a 41 year old proud mother of 6 (one step-daughter who is 26 years old, three biological children-a daughter who is 24, a son who is 21 and another daughter who is 14-and I am in the process of fostering to adopt my great nephew and niece who are 7 and 3 years old). I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and I have been married to my significant other for more than eleven years. My family is very active and we are always on the go. We love to travel and we enjoy spending time together as a family. We also love to watch my daughter Tyra (14 years old) play basketball and we are eager to watch how far it will take her.

I elected to get into the adoption field due to my current situation with being a relative foster/ adoptive parent. I enjoy getting to know new families and supporting them in adding to their family. I have found adoption to be hard, but very rewarding work. It has been one of my greatest challenges navigating the DHS system and providing adequate support to young children who have experienced severe trauma. I also enjoy learning new ways to support my children through all of the training that is available to adoption workers and it also helps me to offer support to my assigned families. I previously worked in the mental health/addictions/ criminal justice field, so I am no stranger to dealing with difficult issues. I pride myself in being a good listener, an advocate and good at following through. I look forward to all this year has to offer.

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.
Laurie Linn
Adoption Worker - Salem Area
Laurie has dedicated her life to helping abused and neglected children have better long-term outcomes. She and her husband began doing foster care in 1990. Between 1990 and 1996 they cared for more than 60 children who had been removed from their parent’s care. The Linn’s adopted two of their foster children. The youngest has global developmental delays. Laurie says she is a “master” at accessing services for him now. In 1996, Laurie began her Child Welfare career as a Foster Home Certifier for DHS, but quickly moved into an Adoption Worker position, which she says was and is her dream job. Over the next 2l yeats,Laurie worked in every aspect of Child Welfare. She retired in 2015, after working twelve y.uri as a Program Supervisor in Polk County. She began her position as an Adoption Worker with A Family For Every Child shortly thereafter, saying she has a passion for this work and is not ready to end her very rewarding, ful|-filling career. Laurie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Linfield College and aMaster’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University.
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.
Rosalind Trotter
Adoption Worker - Eugene
Rosalind has a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention from the University of Oregon. She worked as aRosalind</strong> 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.
Connie Williams
Adoption Worker - Salem
“Adopting one child won’t change the world, but for that child, the world will change.” I always wanted to save the world, but realized early on that task was impossible. Being a social worker allows me to play a part in changing children’s world and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to meet the most amazing people who are making the choice to save these children. I have been a social worker for 22 years. I have raised 5 kids and been a foster parent to many others. I volunteer as a CASA . Eighteen of my social work years were in the field of child development and the other four in the field of Medical Social Work. I have been an adoption worker for just over a year now and love every minute of it. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people find their forever homes.
Melanie Messenger
Adoption Worker - Bend
Melanie is one of our adoption workers in Central Oregon here at AFFEC. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Human Services. Prior to working for AFFEC, Melanie worked and volunteered with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) helping children in the foster care system. She really took an interest in the adoption process and realized that she wanted to help anybody and everybody that she can to adopt these kiddos out of care so they can find their forever home. She is the proud mother of three incredible and adventurous kiddos who are 11, 9, and 6. In her spare time (what is that?) she trains in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, plays the piano, and has a passion for statistics and geology. She enjoys spending any time that she can with her family, especially camping and swimming. and walking their giant family dog, Athena.
Pam Steele
Adoption Worker - Southern Oregon
Pam loves working with families who want to adopt older children and believes strongly that every child desires a permanent loving family. She is committed to preparing and coaching adoptive parents to achieve healthy families for children who have experienced challenging beginnings. Pam brings to the adoption team many years of experience as an adoption professional, working with adoptive families in domestic and international adoption and as an adoption educator providing adoption education to prospective adoptive families and adoption professionals. As an adoptee, she brings a special understanding of the issues faced by adoptees and their parents. Pam trained with Kathleen Silber, known for many years as the mother of open adoption. She has also worked in family preservation, community mental health and geriatric social work. Pam has a Masters in interpersonal communications, focusing on social service applications. She has done extensive post graduate training in family systems, clinical psychology and drug and alcohol treatment. She strongly believes that social work is about supporting others to find unique solutions to the problems and issues they face with a goal of enhancing the quality of life.
Heather Raskin
Adoption Worker - Eugene Area

Heather is one of our adoption workers in the Eugene/Springfield area.  She also serves families in Douglas county.  Heather has dedicated her life to working with children and families in one way or another.  She continually focuses on how to make the world a better place, and what we can do to ensure the well-being of children.  She holds a degree in Elementary Education from The University of South Florida in Tampa.  She taught in Tampa for over a decade.  She took a sabbatical from teaching to volunteer with a donation based traveling kitchen that feeds homeless people across the country.  This brought her to Northern California where she spent several more years teaching before relocating to Springfield, and becoming an Adoption Worker. Becoming an Adoption Worker has made her really happy, and her background in education gives her a unique perspective of children.

When she has the opportunity she can also be found substitute teaching in Bethel and 4J school districts in Eugene.  When she has free time she enjoys making upcycled and useful crafts, embroidering, sewing, and spending time with her animals. Heather’s friends would describe her as fiercely loyal, creative, and a problem solver.  Her students’ have said that she makes learning fun, and her clients have said that she goes the extra mile.

Colleen Clayton
Adoption Agency Director
Colleen graduated from San Jose State University in 2014. She is now happily in Oregon after leaving a trip abroad to volunteer on organic farms. She has always been an advocate for adoption, even at a young age, and cherishes the opportunity to enable others to do so. During her free time, Colleen enjoys playing with her cats, hiking and planning more adventures around the world! “I have been waiting a long time for an opportunity like this to come along, with an organization as amazing as AFFEC. I can’t wait to make a positive impact!”
Megan Shinn
Adoption Worker Assistant Intern
Megan is a Senior at the University of Oregon pursuing a degree in Family and Human Services with a minor in Legal Studies. She is passionate about finding children permanent and loving homes before they age out of the foster care system. Her experience started as an intern for A Family For Every Child her first year of college and she has stayed with the agency all four years. This year, Megan is taking on the role of the Adoption Worker’s Assistant – where she is being trained on the adoption process and participating in all of the training that an Adoption Worker receives when first starting with A Family For Every Child. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling up with her cat, drinking tea, and cheering on the Ducks!
Megan Anderson
Adoption Worker - Eugene
Megan is a University of Oregon graduate passionate about helping families reach their goals through adoption. Touched at a very early age by the adoption of her beloved sister, Megan understands the impact opening a loving home to a child can have on families. Mother to four children of her own ranging in age from 12 to under one, Megan balances work life with soccer practice, play dough, and first year mile stones. She has experience volunteering with children in the community to bridge educational gaps in reading, writing, and math for elementary school aged children. Megan’s main goal working with a Family For Every Child is to be the resource that eases the transitions surrounding growing your family while getting kids the support and unconditional love they deserve. She would love to be your advocate as you work through the adoption process.

About Us