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Shyla’s Story

I entered foster care at the age of 16 with my 4 younger brothers that were 6 years old and younger. Our parents had serious drug problems and were very violent to each other and we didn't have a lot of money. We lived in cars, shelters, friends and family's houses. DHS said our house…
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Bittersweet is an understatement. Giving a child back to their mama more than 500 days after they arrived in your home feels impossible. Every night, books are read, songs are sung, prayers are prayed, and we gently close this door saying, "Goodnight, _____. I love you." Soon enough, the door will stay open. No more…
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You Are Loved. You Are Safe. You Are Special.

Last year, a timid wobbler walked into our home with her caseworker on a dark, dreary December night. Her curly hair stood straight up, and her big brown eyes were wide and frightened. As her caseworker set her down, she stood for a moment...then slowly toddled over to me and put her arms up--the universal…
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Portland woman creates welcome boxes for foster kids

PORTLAND, Ore. -- When you are in need of the kindness of strangers, you would hope for that stranger to be Eve Reddin. In the upstairs bedroom of her North Portland home, she has the makings of 70 welcome boxes destined for children who arrive in the child welfare office, often without anything to call…
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Local woman, involved with foster care, inspired by her foster child

EAGLE POINT, Ore. - An Eagle Point woman's journey with the foster care system began years ago, when she started taking in foster children. Lynette Hasse is involved in Every Child. Her youngest, Brendan, is one of her inspirations for getting more people involved with fostering. The Hasse family welcomed Brendan into their home when…
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There could soon be more ways to help Oregon’s foster children

Oregonians who want to aid foster children but can’t commit as full-time caretakers are getting a message while the state grapples with a deficit of foster parents: You don’t have to become a full-time parent to help. Every Child is an initiative born of Portland-based Embrace Oregon to show people small steps they can take to help foster children. It's expanding into Marion, Polk…
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Nonprofit helps DHS find ‘Every Child’ a foster home

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Department of Human Services has struggled to connect a growing number of foster children with families as its office has dealt with numerous controversies and lawsuits. But a local nonprofit could be on its way to changing how the entire state’s foster system operates by succeeding in areas where DHS has struggled in…
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