There are a number of ways individuals and groups can take action. Read below to explore several on-ramps for supporting our local social system and foster care families.
Become a Foster Parent
Please contact our Adoption and Foster Care core team if you are interested in becoming a foster parent by emailing email@example.com.
Embrace Oregon Coffee Houses
This is an opportunity for prospective foster parents to sit together with other prospective foster parents and the Embrace Oregon staff for a Q & A session with active local foster parents. Go to Embrace Oregon Facebook Page for the next opportunities to visit a Coffee House.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are a special kind of volunteer: When a child is removed to protective custody due to abuse or neglect, a CASA provides a voice in court and constant, dedicated support in finding the safe and permanent home where he or she will thrive.
Foster Parents’ Night Out
Foster Parents’ Night Out (FPNO) provides respite care to foster parents on one Saturday evening each month. FPNO provides a fun-filled four hours of activities, crafts, dinner, and loving care to children who range in age from two weeks old to seventeen years old. Volunteers serve by helping with a specific age group of children, acting as security team members, or working in the kitchen to feed everyone. At the end of the evening, foster parents return rested and refreshed and the kids have experienced positive interactions with volunteers who simply want to nurture them.
If you have a heart for children who are part of the foster care system this is an excellent way to develop relationships with foster kids and serve foster parents, giving them a much-needed break. FPNO volunteers must attend a three-hour training and pass a criminal background check and committed to serving at FPNO on a regular basis.
With Love is a local not-for-profit organization serving young foster families within the Portland-metropolitan area. They provide high-quality resources at no cost. Their mission is to “support foster families by providing safe, clean, and quality clothing and supplies for children ages 0-5, while exuding love and honor.”
In partnership with With Love, WCC seeks to help meet specific organizational needs through directing willing volunteers to their website where they can sign up to serve in their Tigard warehouse as well as better understand how their gifts and talents can be put to use in supporting and growing this thriving non-profit.
Department of Human Services
Embrace Oregon Partnership
Willamette Christian Church partners with Embrace Oregon in support of our local Department of Human Services (DHS). Embrace facilitates onramps for people to engage in order to come alongside vulnerable children and their families through DHS. Opportunities that are available include:
Volunteers in this capacity sit with children who are waiting for foster placements and/or while parents are completing job assessments or training. There is a short training and background check required for this volunteer position along with all necessary supplies.
DHS Hospitality Teams
Throughout the year, we strive to support our partners at the Oregon City DHS branch in tangible ways. If you or a small group of friends or students would like to bless the DHS staff by helping out with staff appreciation lunches, decorating the staff break room for holidays, baking home-made treats to take in for the staff, or helping update the office space from time to time, please e-mail our core team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, DHS has a significant need for adults to volunteer time in transit with a foster child who is visiting with his or her birth parent(s). This is a unique opportunity to provide a consistent relationship to a child in their monthly rhythm of parental visitations.
Continuous needs emerge for children and families at DHS offices that cannot always be met with state resources. Community members can tangibly meet these needs.
Twice each month small teams volunteer to clean and tidy our local Oregon City DHS office in order to keep them functioning well and to convey a message of worth and value to all who enter. If you have 2 hours to give on a Friday night (6-8 pm), we would love to partner with you and/or your small group. Contact Jenn Becker to learn more.