Check Out Our Mentor Program in the News

Check Out Our Mentor Program in the News

By: Jennifer Richardson EUGENE, Ore. — There are dozens of kids from Lane County living in foster homes.The young adults are getting great care, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little more positive influences in their lives. That’s where A Family For Every Child’s mentor program comes in. It serves at risk children in need of permanent connections.Katrina Purdy and Dominique are best buds. Katrina is Dominique’s mentor with A Family For Every Child. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to pairing caring adults with youth in the foster care system.“I really believe this is one of the best things that I have ever done in my life,” said Purdy.“It’s helped me because its just time to spend with another person to just have fun,” said Dominique.Dom has been living with her foster family for five years, and they are offering a loving home to other children, so she says the extra attention from

Live Generously…

On November 13, 2014 A Family For Every Child will host its annual event  A Home for the Holidays Gala.  The evening will consist of dinner, wine, oral auction, silent auction, dessert dash and wine wall.  It will be an evening of celebration, but it is most definitely an evening with a well defined purpose.  In this one night alone we hope to raise up to one third of our operating budget. We cannot function without the generosity of our community of donors and supporters. We operate with the mindset that one person cannot do everything, but everyone can do something. Our goal is to find permanent homes for children in foster care.  Our desire is to make a difference by changing the life of one child at a time. What can you do? Buy a ticket?  Sponsor a table?  Make a donation? Attached is a YouTube video of an

Finding Forever…

A Eugene woman and an 11-year-old girl navigate the rewarding yet sometimes frustrating road to adoption By Mark Baker The Register- Guard Think about the state taking you away from your troubled mother when you’re just 7 years old. Think about bouncing from one foster home to the next before finally being placed in one for three years while awaiting an adoption over which you have no control. And then think about how, one day, you meet a woman from Oregon, who’s been “matched” with you through a foster child adoption service in that faraway state, and who says she wants to take you home with her — forever. Think about all of that and decide for yourself whether Loreanne might be the bravest 11-year-old girl you’d ever want to meet. Because Lori, as she is known to all who know and love her, is not only living here in

Our A Taste of Home Event

A Family For Every Child’s summer event A Taste of Home was this past Saturday at Sweet Cheeks Winery.  It was a beautiful evening full of good food, excellent music and spectacular views.  Once again, AFFEC was blessed by our community of supporters and we were reminded that this job could not be done without every single one of you.  The support each person brings whether through volunteer hours, financial support, positive feedback or encouragement, is invaluable.  We are an agency formed with the mission to help every foster child and equipped with the hands of all who care to offer support. We couldn’t do it without you! We received a thank you email from one of our adoption families, and I was going to paraphrase the note, but now feel its best left in their own words. As I watch my children, I am often reminded of the story

The Rewards of Being a Mentor

One of the many successful programs administered by A Family For Every Child is the mentor program.  Its purpose is to place foster children with a loving, supportive and fun mentor.  The rewards are numerous and the children are not the only one’s blessed by the experience.  Here is a story written by a mentor: In 2009, my boys were grown up and gone, and I was feeling like I had missed out not having a little girl. I went to an event for A Family For Every Child and saw some pictures of children who wanted mentors. There was a young girl who lived in my neighborhood with her foster family. I signed up right away. When I met Shelley, she was twelve years old and living in a foster home with three other girls. The four of them all shared a room. Shelley wanted to learn to ride

Voices Behind Our Heart Gallery

The following story is taken from Lane DeGregory, Times staff writer When the fighting would start, Justice Smith would sneak into her little brothers’ room to tell them everything was going to be okay. She was only 8 then, but she knew what to do: put in a Scooby-Doo movie, turn the TV up real loud so the boys couldn’t hear their mother and her boyfriend screaming. Then Justice would crawl into the bottom bunk and hold Max, the baby, until he fell asleep. Justice has three younger brothers, and for most of her life, she has been their mom. When social workers took the four children away from their mother and sent them to separate foster homes, Justice was 10. Losing her little brothers, she says, was worse than losing her mother. Now she is 13 and living in New Port Richey with a foster couple — and all of

Our Need For Community

We were made for relationship.  We were made for family.  We were made to thrive within the security of community.  We were never meant to journey through this life alone.  Yet, so many people find themselves in exactly that position, and nothing can be more terrifying than being alone as a new parent.  Especially when the birth of your child comes in the midst of your own bad decisions. Today’s story comes from Coos Bay, Oregon by Tyler Richardson from The World.  This story does not begin on a positive note as the first sentence is as follows, “A day before giving birth to her son, Linn Thomas took her last hit of methamphetamine” (Richardson).  Upon the birth of her child, Linn Thomas discovered that she would not be able to take her baby home from the hospital.  This was due to her erratic lifestyle and probable inability to raise