Find Resources

There are number of adoption and foster care resources we hope you will find helpful in taking next steps of adoption, foster care, research, and involvement.

Adoption Resources

Financial Support

Often times the financial burden of adoption can be a roadblock for a family who is called to adopt.  As a church we want to be about removing roadblocks that stand in the way of providing a forever home for a waiting child. At WCC we are privileged and blessed to give financially towards our adoptive families. If you are in the adoption process we encourage you to consider applying for a grant, or matching grant through Lifesong.

Lifesong is a 501(c)3 organization that comes alongside the church, helping to fund and facilitate Christian family adoptions.  In partnership with Lifesong Willamette Christian Church desires to grow and support the number of families choosing to adopt children both locally and internationally.

Lifesong will provide the following for WCC families:

  • Application review
  • Financial consultation with adoptive families as well as a recommendation to WCC for matching grants
  • Housing of family support fund
  • Disbursement of payment to appropriate entities
  • Support raising kit

To get started request an application from Angie Rettmann, Director of Family Ministry.

Post-Adoption Support

Listed below are some reputable post adoption resources along with local counselors specializing in connection, bonding and attachment:

Websites

Chosen International
A faith based organization providing emotional, educational and spiritual support to teen adoptees and their parents.

Christian Alliance for Orphans
A Christian ministry organization with resources to ignite and equip Christians to reflect God’s heart for orphans in adoption, foster care, and global initiatives.

Empowered To Connect
An online library of articles, audio and video covering a wide variety of topics for adoptive and foster parents. Great post placement/adoption support and resources.

Northwest Adoption Exchange
Meet waiting children available for adoption from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Alaska.

Addicts’ Kids
A resource for grandparents raising grandchildren of alcoholics and drug users.  Find resources like; Trauma-informed parenting, creating boundaries, and Financial Help for Grandparents Raising Grandkids.

Books

Books for Adults

Books for Children

Agencies

There are many agencies to consider when starting your adoption journey. Here are a few to consider. We encourage you to research which one is right for you.

All God’s Children International
AGCI is a Christian, non-profit organization, offering international and domestic adoption for over 20 years. They have united more than 2,500 children with their forever families and currently AGCI completes approximately 200 adoptions each year. AGCI has a Portland office.

Bethany Christian Services
Offers international and domestic adoption. Private, licensed, non-profit adoption and family service agency, serving 30 states from over 70 locations and in 13 international countries. Bethany Christian has a local Portland Office.

Boys and Girls Aid
For 127 years, Boys and Girls Aid has been helping Oregon’s children. They find children permanent homes through adoption and provide temporary safe places to stay through shelters and foster home placements.

Christian Family Adoptions
CFA is a faith-based, non profit Christian agency committed to influencing the world for Christ, one needy child at a time through God’s model of adoption. It is a full service adoption agency licensed in Oregon and Washington and staffed with qualified social workers meeting state requirements for all phases of adoption work.  In addition to providing home study services for international and private infant adoptions, they also work with adoptions of state foster children into qualified homes.

Holt International Children’s Services
Holt International is a Christian organization committed to expressing God’s compassion for children through international adoption. Moved by faith and a firm belief that all children deserve permanent, loving homes, Harry and Bertha Holt began their lifelong mission in 1955. Holt is located in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon Foster Care
There are hundreds of children needing safe and loving homes in the State of Oregon. Some of those children need temporary placements, while others are in need of a permanent home. There are no fees for adopting a child from Oregon foster care when you choose the Oregon Department of Human Services as your agency, and there are a variety of support systems in place (training, financial, groups) to help with the adoption process.

Whether you are just beginning to explore adoption, have already traveled this life-changing path, or want to support those who are, we want to encourage and support you in any way possible. If you are interested in adoption please contact Angie Rettmann.

Foster Care Resources

Foster Care Training

Clackamas County DHS provides free year round training to become a certified foster parent. These sessions are 8 weeks long, 3 hours each week. For dates of classes, contact the North Clackamas Office at 503-731-3400 or the Oregon City Office 971-673-7200. Ask how you can sign up for the Foundations Training.

There are two private agencies that offer a free weekend course, both fulfilling state certification requirements. This is a Friday through Sunday (for a total of 24 hours) training. Contact Christian Family Adoptions (503-232-1211) or Boys and Girls Aid (503-542-2301) for dates of classes.

Websites

Oregon Department of Human Services
The Oregon Department of Human Services web site offers an overview of how to become a foster parent in the state of Oregon. This site includes basic information about foster parent requirements and how to begin the foster care certification process.

Embrace Oregon
Embrace Oregon is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to supporting Oregon foster children and the Oregon Department of Human Services. Their site provides information about how to become a foster parent as well as inspiring stories from current Oregon foster families.

National Foster Parent Association
The National Foster Parent Association is dedicated to supporting foster, adoptive, and kinship parents nationally. The NFPA site includes information, resources for foster families, and ways to connect with other foster parents.

Addicts’ Kids
A resource for grandparents raising grandchildren of alcoholics and drug users.  Find resources like; Trauma-informed parenting, creating boundaries, and Financial Help for Grandparents Raising Grandkids.

Foster Family Support

With Love, Oregon
With Love, provides foster children 0-5 years old with quality clothing, gear, and amenities delivered to your door.

Foster Parent Night Out (FPNO)
Foster Parent Night Out (FPNO) is a program designed to provide foster parents with a consistent source of respite for one Saturday evening a month, September through May.  We strive to care for your foster, adoptive, and biological children in a safe, loving, and fun environment while you get a much-needed break.  If you would like to participate in Foster Parent Night Out please contact your DHS certifier and asked to be referred to a Foster Parent Night Out program in your county.

Embrace Oregon
Embrace Oregon is a local non-profit serving families in the tri-county area. Their focus is to partner the community with local DHS offices. We as a church community partner with EO as part of our support to the Oregon City DHS office. If you are contemplating fostering we encourage you to first connect with Embrace Oregon by clicking here.

Project Lemonade
Project Lemonade provides foster youth with a back-to-school shopping experience and offers support to inspire self-esteem and promote success.

We desire to walk through the process of becoming a foster parent with anyone who is interested in taking next steps. We partner extensively with Embrace Oregon. This organization provides an additional level of support to our fostering families as they move through the certification process with DHS.