Jackson County Resources

Support Groups

North American Council on Adoptable Children Representatives

DHS Jackson County Adoption Support Group

  • Information: Provides a list of events happening throughout Douglas County.
  • Contact: Shelly Busby
  • Address: 909 Royal Court Medford, OR
  • Phone Number: 541-776-6120

Southern Oregon Adoptive Families

  • Information: Select what you and your family want to do and see which parks throughout the county match your selection.
  • Address: 156 Congestoga Street Grants Pass, OR 97527

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center

Professional Help

Adoption Therapists in Josephine County

Youth Line

  • Informaiotn: A peer-to-peer crisis line for teens. Youth working under adult supervision answer calls on divers topics including substance abuse, depression, self-harm, dating violence and other issues (many of which have substance abuse as an underlying issue).
  • Phone Number: 877-553-8336

Jackson County Health and Human Services

  • Information: Search by city to find professional therapists and counselors in your area.
  • General Access Number: 541-774-8201
  • Crisis Number: 541-475-6575

Dr. Vince Berger

Parental Stress Line

Teen Peer Line

Events

Medford’s Event Calendar

  • Information: See events going on in Medford.
  • Calendar.

Douglas County Resources

Events

Oregon Teen Conference

  • Information: Current of former foster youth ages 16-20 are welcome to apply for the conference. Runs for 4 days at Lewis and Clark College. Look for the next conference in the Summer of 2015!
  • Wbsite: Oregon Teen Conference Event Flyer

Douglas County Parks

  • Information: Select what you and your family want to do and see which parks throughout the county match your selection.
  • Website: Douglas County Parks

Event Calendar for Douglas County

  • Information: Provides a list of events happening throughout Douglas County.
  • Website: Event Calendar

Guide to Roseburg

  • Information: Provides a list of events happening within Roseburg County.
  • Website: Visit Roseburg

Professional Help

Douglas County Mental Health-Youth & Family Program

  • Information: Offers a wide range of therapy programs.Family treatment is used whenever possible. Individual needs will determine course of treatment.
  • Phone Number: 541-440-3532 or 1-800-866-9780

Board of Licensed Professionals

Crisis Call Line

  • Information: Crisis lines are free and anonymous for those who are going through an emotional mental health emergency. Professionals available 24/7 by telephone to answer questions and provide emergency counseling.
  • Phone Number: 541-440-3532 or 800-866-9780 (within county only)

Youth Line

  • Information: A peer-to-peer crisis line for teens. Youth working under adult supervision answer calls on divers topics including substance abuse, depression, self-harm, dating violence and other issues (many of which have substance abuse as an underlying issue).
  • Phone Number: 877-553-8336

Riverside Center

  • Information: Provides therapeutic and educational services to emotionally disturbed youth and their families.
  • Phone Number: 541-679-6129

Dr. Vince Berger

Directory of Services for Families with Young Children in Douglas County

Children’s and Teens Child Welfare Office Locations and Phone Numbers.

Douglas County Mental Health Program

Teen Peer Line

Parental Stress Line

Extra Care

Umpqua Valley Disabilities/Lifespan Respite

  • Information: Advocacy for people with developmental disabilities and respite care. Referral services for care providers for children and adults with special needs. Allows the primary caregiver to rest. Respite care is the short-term care of a child in order to give the regular caregiver a break. Search for respite care where you live using the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center’s national respite locator service.
  • Website: Search Respite Programs.
  • Phone Number: 541-957-8874

In-Home Support/Respite Care

  • Information: Click on one of the “Contacts” on the right hand column and then select your county.
  • Website: Public Funding Options

Deschutes County Resources

Support Groups

Bend Attachment Parenting

  • Description: Supports compassionate and peaceful parenting for families throughout Central Oregon.
  • Website: Bend Attachment Parenting

Family Support Services

Bend Support Group hosted by Autism Society of Oregon

  • Description: Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm at Abilitree 2525 NE Twin Knolls Dr. in Bend. This is a great way to benefit from emotional connection and support in an understanding and welcoming environment and to share or listen to useful information, advice, tips, and an emotional boost from others in similar situations.
  • Facebook:Autism Society Oregon

Child and Family Program

Saturday Sibling Group

  • Description: Meets the first Saturday of each month during the school year from 10am-11:30am at Hamer Counseling and Consultation Services 15 NW Park Place, Suite 110 in Bend. Brothers and sisters, ages 5-18, who have a sibling experiencing diverse needs are encouraged to come hang out together! This is a time for siblings to share experiences, enjoy fun activities, as well as learn self-care techniques and advocacy strategies. There is a fee for this class which includes a snack and all materials.
  • Contact: For more information or to register to attend please contact Amanda K. Hamer.
  • Phone: 541-678-3945
  • Email: familiesinsync@gmail.com

Parents Helping Parents Family Support Group hosted by Oregon Family Support Network

  • Description: This group meets from 6pm-8pm at Westside Church at 2051 NW Shevlin Rd. in Bend and is for families of children with social, behavioral, or emotional issues, autism, or developmental disabilities to meet other families in a confidential and supportive setting. Dinner is provided and children’s programs are available on-site for ages 3 and up. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • Contact: RSVP is required to Hilary at 541-740-6306 or hilaryh@ofsn.net

Deschutes County Foster/Adopt Support Group

Professional Help

Adoption Therapists in Deschutes County

Dr. Vince Berger

Therapists/counselors

Kelsey Dunlap

  • Specialties and Issues: Child or Adolescents, Depression, Self-esteem, ADHD, Adoption, Anxiety, Autism, Bipolar disorder, Grief, Eating disorder, Self-harming, and others.
  • Phone: 541-299-2259
  • Website: Complete Counseling Bend
  • Location: Counseling 300 SE. Reed Market Rd. suite 270 Bend, Oregon 97702

Megan West

  • Description: Specialties and Issues are Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Anger management, Behavioral issues, family conflict, Asperger syndrome, parenting, self-harming, and teen violence.
  • Phone: 541-886-5540
  • Website: Insight Counseling Group
  • Location: 300 SE. Reed Market Rd. suite 225 Bend, Oregon 97702

Kimberly A. Martin

  • Issues covered: Child or Adolescent, Trauma/PTSD, Family conflict, ADHD, Adoption, Academic Underachievement, Anxiety, Anger management, Coping skills, Behavioral issues, Depression, Grief, Emotional disturbance, Parenting, Self-esteem, Parenting, Relationship issues, Teen violence, and Self-harming.
  • Phone: 541-702-1535
  • Website: Alpine Counseling Bend
  • Location: Alpine Counseling 300 SE. Reed Market Rd. suite 270 Bend, Oregon 97702

Julia Dotson

  • Some Issues: Child or Adolescents, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Anger management, Asperger’s syndrome, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Eating disorders, and Parenting.
  • Phone: 541-330-0707
  • Website: Bend Therapy
  • Location: 745 NW. Mt. Washington Dr. suite 304 Bend, Oregon 97701

Dr. Keith Orton

  • Specialties and Issues: Relationship Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Adoption, Anger management, Behavioral issues, Family conflict, Grief, Parenting, and others.
  • Phone: 541-366-4830
  • Website: Life Work Perspectives
  • Location: 45 NW. Mt. Washington Dr. suite 301 Bend, Oregon 97701

Bend counseling and Biofeedback

Events

The Child and Family Team

  • Description: Offering intensive, community-based support for eligible youth and families on the Oregon Health Plan. The team uses a wrap-around model that brings together people from different parts of a youth’s life for planning and support. With the help of a facilitator, these people work together and coordinate their activities in order to assist the youth.
  • Website: Intensive Children’s Treatment Services (ICTS)

LGBTQ Resources in Deschutes County

A Way To Meetup

Mental Health Services

The Child and Family Team

  • Description: Offering intensive, community-based support for eligible youth and families on the Oregon Health Plan. The team uses a wrap-around model that brings together people from different parts of a youth’s life for planning and support. With the help of a facilitator, these people work together and coordinate their activities in order to assist the youth.
  • Website: Intensive Children’s Treatment Services (ICTS)

Crook County Resources

Support Groups

Parents Helping Parents Family Support Group hosted by Oregon Family Support Network

  • They meet the 3rd Thursday of the month. This group meets from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Meeting place is at Turning Point Clubhouse at 430 NW 4th St in Prineville.
  • RSVP is required to Hilary at 541-740-6306 or hilaryh@ofsn.net.
  • It is for families of children with social, behavioral, or emotional issues, autism, or developmental disabilities to meet other families in a confidential and supportive setting.
  • Dinner is provided and children’s programs are available on-site for children ages 3 and up.

Coos County Resources

Coos and Curry Foster Care and Adoption Program

  • Description: Keep up to date on foster care and adoption activities in Coos and Curry County.
  • Website: Facebook Page

Professional Help

Coos County Mental Health Program

Dr. Vince Berger

Board of Licensed Professionals

  • Description: Search by city to find professional therapists and counselors in your area.
  • Website: Oregon.gov

Adoption Therapists in Coos County:

  • Description: Provides a list of professionals that can help you and your child through any problems you are facing.
  • Website: Psychology Today

Support Groups

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center

  • Description: Select your county and it will display support groups near you.
  • Website: orparc.org

Coos County Adoptive Parents Support Group

  • Contact: Patty Ronk
  • Location: North Bend, Oregon
  • Phone: 541-888-9991

Services to Children & Families

  • Contact: Mary Ericson
  • Location: North Bend, OR 97459
  • Phone: 541-269-5961

Events

Events in Oregon’s Adventure Coast

  • Description: Look at the events going on in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston.
  • Website: Oregon Adventure Coast

Coos County Parks

  • Description: Enjoy the parks of the Southern Oregon Coast.
  • Website: City Guide

Oregon Teen Conference

  • Description: Current of former foster youth ages 16-20 are welcome to apply for the conference. Runs for 4 days at Lewis and Clark College. Look for the next conference in the Summer of 2015!
  • Website: ISSUU

Clatsop County Resources

Support Groups

Support Group for Caregivers of Children with Disabilities hosted by Autism Society of Oregon

  • Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: North Coast Family Fellowship 2245 N. Wahanna Rd. in Seaside.
  • Participants: Participants will be able to discuss the joys and difficulties of raising children with special needs.
  • Refreshments: Refreshments will be served and childcare will be provided at no cost for those who need it.
  • Contact: Please contact Brandi Lindstrom at 503-791-1678 for more information.

Family to Family Support Group hosted by National Alliance of Mental Illness

  • Meeting Time: Meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Seaside Library 1131 Broadway Street in Seaside.
  • Meeting: This meeting is for family members and caregivers who are raising someone with mental illness.
  • Cntact: Please contact Myra at 503-738-6165 for more information or to register.

Clatsop County Foster/Adopt Support Group hosted by the Dept. of Human Services

  • Meeting Time: Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: 450 Marine Dr., Suite 210 in Astoria.
  • Contacts: Suzanna Vermuel-Wilson at 503-325-9179 ext. 328 or Sarah Dielman at 503-325-9179 ext. 213.

Clackamas County Resources

Support Groups

Adoption Support Group

  • Description: Hosted by the Dept. of Human Services.
  • Location: North Clackamas Child Welfare Office 16440 SE 82nd Dr. in Clackamas.
  • Meeting Time: Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Contact: Contact Beth Girard at (503)-731-4096 for more information or to register.

Benton County Resources

Support Groups

Description: Families should call ahead with any special needs. Contact is Hilary Harrison, Benton County Regional Director at (541) 740-6306 or hilaryh@ofsn.net

  • Family Support and Education Groups
    Meets the last Tuesday of every month
  • Developmental Disabilities and Autism:
    Meets the second Tuesday of every month. These groups meet at Grace Lutheran at the corner of Kings Blvd. and Harrison in Corvallis from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Dinner is provided and children’s programs are available on site for ages 3 and up.
  • Teen Social Club:
    Autism, Aspergers, and Friends – meets the second Wednesday of the month This group meets at Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis from 6pm-7:30pm
  • High School and Up Group:
    Meets the last Tuesday of the month This group meets from 6pm-7:30pm with dinner being served at 5:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church.
  • Young Adult Connect (post high school to age 25):
    Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6pm-8pm at The Clubhouse on Jack London Rd. in Corvallis.

Events

Oregon Teen Conference

  • Description: Current of former foster youth ages 16-20 are welcome to apply for the conference. Runs for 4 days at Lewis and Clark College. Look for the next conference in the Summer of 2015!
  • Info: Oregon Teen Conference Event Flyer

Family Friendly Activities In Corvallis

Benton County Tourism

Corvallis Guide

Adoption Questions

Getting Started

What kinds of questions might I ask about a perspective adoption?What kind of information do I need about my adopted child? When is it provided?
  • Why the child was initially (and, if applicable, subsequently) placed in foster care
  • A description of the home environment from which the child was removed
  • Details about the child’s other placements while in care
When children join a new foster or adoptive family,they often bring complicated histories that include abuse and neglect.
Some children have multiple diagnoses that affect their health, social and emotional well-being, and school performance. The more you know, the better prepared you can be to advocate for your child and handle situations as they may arise. Accurate information will also help you know more clearly why and when you may need to seek support from various professionals, get advice from experienced foster and adoptive parents, or tap into other community resources for help.

Social and Medical History

Start by learning as much as you can about your prospective child’s social and medical history from your state, province, county, or agency. Specific rules on what must be shared vary by state and province. You should seek the following information:

  • The child’s school records and other details about the child’s educational experiences and abilities
  • An assessment of how well the child interacts with peers, adults, and others
  • Immunization and other health records (including diagnoses such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and problems arising from other prenatal drug exposure or pre-term delivery, attachment difficulties, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral problems, and other mental health concerns)
  • A checklist of the child’s behaviors, and how certain diagnoses and issues play out in family life as well as how other families have learned to cope with them
  • Non-identifying details about the birth parents (including their general background, education, employment, armed services history; social or medical risk factors, drug usage, medical and mental health history, other children, and extended birth family history). Also inquire about the birth mother’s care during pregnancy, and any risk factors for the child due to the mother’s experiences during pregnancy or complications during delivery.

Information from Former Caregivers

Former caregivers may also be willing to share what they know about the family and offer insight about the child. Questions you might ask include:

  • What information about the child’s and the birth family’s social and medical history do you believe is significant?
  • What is missing from the paperwork?
  • How can I get more information?
  • Currently, how is the child’s health? Are there any diagnoses or allergies you know of that are not listed in his file?
  • Is the child still in touch with his/her birth family? If not, when was the last contact the child had with the birth family?
  • Does the child have siblings? Does the child have contact with the siblings? Will contact continue and to what degree?
  • Is the child showing behaviors related to abuse, separation, or other trauma? Have other children been victimized by this behavior? If so, how?
  • How many moves has the child experienced in foster care? What were the reasons for the moves? How is the child functioning as a result?
  • How does the child relate to peers in the neighborhood and school?
  • What methods of discipline does the child respond to best?
  • What comforts the child? What comforting objects do you think should follow the child into adoption?
  • What items, smells, foods, experiences, or events seem to trigger negative behavior in the child?
  • What, in your opinion, is at the root of these behaviors? What in the child’s past might be causing him or her to behave in certain ways?
  • Would you be willing to tell the child that he or she has your permission to join our family?
  • Would you be willing to maintain some contact with the child during the transition to adoption? Provide respite care?

Take Action

After gathering all the information you can, the most important thing you can do is to firmly commit to doing whatever it takes to help the child let go of the pain from his past and learn to face the future with hope. To learn more about the importance of family background information and find links to specific state laws, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway

I’m having problems with the child welfare system. What can I do to help change it?

If you want to help change the system, join others who are already working in that area. Contact the parent groups in your area (find a database of groups at this link) to find out what they are doing or if they know of other advocacy groups you can get involved with. To report a specific problem, contact your adoption manager or the NACAC representative in your state. You may also want to contact one of AdoptUsKids’ Training and Technical Assistance consultants (a directory of staff and consultants is available at AdoptUsKids: Permanency – Tools and Resources).

Transracial Adoption Resources

Disclaimer: The views and opinions reflected in the blogs listed below are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of A Family For Every Child.