Last year, nearly 400 children spent time in foster care in Douglas County. 66% spent time in more than one foster home. Many were split from their siblings.
If a natural disaster hit our state and children were wandering the street without someone to care for them, each of us would open our homes to help in the crisis. With more than 350 children currently in foster care and more entering the system every day, we're in the midst of a disaster in our county.
Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) works hard to care for children and families in crisis, but is often left with few resources for volunteer and foster parent recruitment efforts.
If we don’t step in, many children will be left without the care, comfort, and safety of a loving home during times of trauma, transition, and uncertainty. We can do better for Douglas County's children. We know that our community want to take action, but they just don’t know where to begin. Many of us feel helpless, doing nothing or never considering foster parenting.
Every Child presents a new paradigm for Oregonians.
Every Child gathers community members in partnership with Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to aid vulnerable children and families. Everyone has something to bring to foster care — be it donating, volunteering or fostering.
And by doing so, we’re able to bring love, care, and support to vulnerable children and families who previously had nowhere to turn.