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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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Foster Parent Recruitment Initiative to Expand Statewide In Oregon

A Portland outreach program meant to recruit more foster parents will expand statewide over the next five years. Called “Embrace Oregon” in Portland, the program will be known across the state as “Every Child.” The program is an outreach effort sponsored by nonprofits and the Oregon Department of Human Services to combat a shortage of foster homes that’s…
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Local church groups give Springfield DHS a makeover

EUGENE, Ore. – The Department of Human Services in Springfield got a new look over the weekend after three local church groups decided to spruce up the visiting rooms. The visiting rooms, otherwise known as family rooms, are where parents schedule supervised visits with their children in DHS care. The groups redecorated two visiting rooms…
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This Place is A Great Place…

This note was found in a DHS office in Southern Oregon, written by a child in foster care. To see more stories like this, please follow Every Child Oregon on Facebook.
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On Friday at 4:30 I picked up the phone and heard my DHS certifier’s voice, Emily, on the other end. I adore her. She works hard, advocates fiercely and speaks gently and professionally. It had been 18 months since she had celebrated with my family at the courthouse in downtown Multnomah County. Emily was there…
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