Have a Little Taste of Home This Saturday, July 30th!

Have a Little Taste of Home This Saturday, July 30th!

This Saturday, July 30th, 2016 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM is our fourth annual summer event, and A Family for Every Child is teaming up with your local Meriwether Winery and Texas Roadhouse! Click here to RSVP We will be located at: 88324 Vineyard Lane, Veneta OR 97487    — Join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate summer and you! We would like to thank you for helping A Family For Every Child to carry out our mission: finding permanent families for every waiting foster child. Tickets to this event are just $15.00 each! And, if you bring a friend new to the AFFEC family, their admission is free. Don’t forget to pre-register, space is limited and filling up fast! The evening will include: A delicious barbeque provided by Texas Roadhouse Wine & Beer Music Provided by Bailee Jordyn Various Raffle Items including a beautiful handmade quilt and a 50/50

You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Adopt.

Alexa, age 16, dreams of one day walking through the mall while having “girl talk” with a mother that is patient and kind… One who understands and loves her unconditionally. To learn more about her, please visit her profile located on our website: Alexa — The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. This high cost is usually due to the matching process of finding a newborn. However, if you choose to adopt internationally, the cost can be much higher. If you choose to adopt within the U.S. foster care system, the cost is much much lower. Depending on whether you choose to go through a non-profit, public, or private agency, the cost is anywhere from zero to $5,000 – per child (excluding the expense of a home study). If you so choose to adopt a child from the

The Academic Achievement Gap of Foster Children

It is common for foster and adopted children to struggle academically. In fact, it is almost expected. This should be no surprise to any experienced social worker or foster parent.In the U.S., nearly every foster child receives an Individualized Education Program (IEP) at school. An IEP is a program designed to improve a child’s academics through additional special services. For a lot of new foster/adoption parents, the term “special,” when it comes to education, is unsettling. When I first became a Family Adoption Specialist here at A Family For Every Child I associated IEP with learning disabilities. While conducting my first few child searches, I noticed that the majority of children in the foster care system have an IEP. This confused me. I thought, “Is there some psychological factor behind foster children and learning disabilities?; there is obviously a correlation between the two.” So I dug in a little deeper

A Day for Dad: DIY Gifts & Recipes

Dad deserves a special Father’s Day celebration! Spoil him this year with these gift and recipe ideas   1.) Hash Brown Egg Nests Surprise Dad with a delicious breakfast in bed!  What You Will Need: *Frozen hash browns (or grated russet potatoes) *Shredded cheddar cheese *Eggs *Breakfast meat (bacon, sausage, or ham) *Avocados *Optional: Chopped parsley For the full recipe visit Hash Brown Egg Nests   2.) DIY Light-Up Card Fashion a card with a DIY light saber for the Star Wars fanatic Dad! What You Will Need: *White card stock or scrapbook paper *Colored LED light *Colored straw *Transparent tape            *Light-Up Card Printable For full instructions and card printables visit Light-Up Cards   3.) French Toast Kebabs Serve Dad up a fun twist on a classic breakfast! What You Will Need: *White bread * Vanilla extract * Eggs *Fresh blueberries *Fresh raspberries *Sliced bananas *Unsalted butter *Optional: Maple Syrup

Beat the Heat: A “How To” Guide

Don’t let high temperatures spoil summertime fun! Cool off with these recipes and activities: 1.) Frozen strawberry lemonade Sip on this refreshing beverage for a relaxing way to cool off! What You Will Need: *Organic frozen strawberries *Organic lemonade *Ice *Blender For the full recipe visit Frozen Strawberry Lemonade 2.) DIY Water Sponge Bombs Have hours of fun with a water sponge bomb fight! What You Will Need: *Household sponges *Rubber bands *Scissors For further instructions and other “beat the heat” crafts visit Water Sponge Bombs. 3.) Blueberry Lemonade Ice Pops Forget driving to the store for popsicles and try these homemade cool treats! What You Will Need: *Frozen lemonade concentrate *Cold water *Fresh blueberries *Lemon *Paper cups *Wooden freezer pop sticks *Mixing bowl For the full recipe visit Blueberry Lemonade Ice Pops.  4.) Ice Chalk Let the whole family express their artistic side on a hot summer’s day! What You

Graduation in Style: Crafts, Recipes, & Gift Ideas

  Treat your grad like royalty with these graduation party must-haves! 1.) Graduation Photo Banner  Relive your graduate’s school years with a fun photo banner starting from kindergarten to present day! What You Will Need: *Photo prints *String *Glue stick *Construction paper/Card stock For design inspiration visit Graduation Photo Banner. 2.) Bite-Sized Mortarboards Kick the graduation party treats up a notch with these festive candies! What You Will Need: *Mini reeses’s cups  *Chocolate squares (for the mortarboard base)  *Sour belts (for the tassel) *Cake pop stick (to hold up the candies)  For step-by-step instructions visit Bite-Sized Mortarboards  3.) New Job Jar  Make your grad is prepared to enter to job market with a jar full of supplies! What You Will Need: *Glass jar *Chalkboard paint *Pens/Pencils *Thumbtacks/Paper clips *Post-it notes *Stapler *Sharpies *Hand sanitizer  For complete instructions and more jar ideas visit New Job Jar. 4.)  Smarties Diplomas  Use Smarties candies

Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2016

  Volunteer this summer to help your local  A Family for Every Child and foster kids in the area! Here’s how you can help: 1.) “Hero for the Day” On June 18th, A Family for Every Child will host its 3rd annual “Hero for a Day” event! Children from the ages of 2 to 18 get the opportunity to be superheroes for the day at this educational and fun event. AFFEC needs your help to raise awareness about the foster care system in Oregon! For more information on how to become a sponsor or donate visit Hero for A Day. 2.) Host a Heart Gallery  Calling all business owners! If you want to give back this summer, sign up to host an AFFEC Heart Gallery at your business. To become a Heart Gallery Venue, AFFEC will provide various photos of foster children in the area. Heart Galleries help promote the

Celebrate Mom: Homemade Gifts for Mother’s Day

The day to recognize mom (other than every day of course) is almost here. Treat mom to a special day with these homemade gift ideas!     1.) Thumbprint Art This is a simple and fun gift for kids to make! Use paints to create various designs on flower pots. What you will need:  *terra cotta pots * acrylic paints * black paint marker  Get creative with thumbprint bees, butterflies, and more! For more inspiration visit Spring Crafts  2.) Pineapple Coconut Sugar Scrub  Take mom to paradise with this rejuvenating homemade body scrub! What you will need: * 8 oz mason jar * coconut oil * sugar * pineapple fragrance oil * 1 lemon zested  For the full recipe visit DIY sugar scrub  3.) DIY Flower Bouquet  Pick out mom’s favorite flower, a simple vase (or repurposed drink bottle) and dress it up with scrapbook paper! You don’t need to

Every day is Earth Day: Live Green

Why wait for the calendar marked day every Spring to celebrate the Earth? Every day is an opportunity to appreciate the miraculous world that we live in! Here’s how you can help the environment a little every day: 1.) Unplug There’s no need to keep all of those electronic devices plugged in when they’re not being used! Little by little you can start to save electricity. Win for the planet. Win for your electric bill. For more ideas about how to save electricity visit: http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/saving-electricity 2.) Compost Reduce the amount of household waste and put those kitchen scraps to good use in your garden! Composting organic matter can help to create rich soil that is ideal for growing. For more composting tips visit: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/compost/gardeners-gumbo/ 3.) Conserve Water  There are dozens of ways to save water at home. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, only run a completely full dishwasher, and