Upcoming Events

Foster and Adoptive Family Support Group
by Melissa

New to fostering? Looking to connect with other foster and adoptive families? Are you a relative who is fostering a family member? Then this support group is for you!


Tiffany Olsen's support group meets at Papa's Pizza in Springfield the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm! Lots of space for kids to play together while parents visit and support each other. Drop in anytime! Everyone is welcome! Questions? Contact Tiffany Olsen at (541) 515-9951


Monthly May FAAPA Meeting-Differential Response
by Melissa

Our May FAAPA meeting will take place on Monday May 19th at Garden Way Church from 6:30-8pm. Doors open at 6pm and free child care is provided. Our training topic will be on Differential Response(DR) that rolled out here in Lane County as of May 1st. DHS representatives will educate us on this new approach and what it will mean to Lane County's foster care system. Child Welfare Program Director Lois Ann Day describes Differential Response as a system change that “redesigns the front door to Child Welfare.” To read about Differential Response ahead of time you can go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/children/beyondfc/differential-response/Pages/default.aspx


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FAAPA Facebook Page
on 5/30/14by Melissa

Did you know we have a private facebook page for current Lane County foster or adoptive parents? If you haven't yet joined our page you can do so by clicking the green circle with the letter 'f' at the top of this page or go to: 


Closed Facebook page for current Lane County Foster and Adoptive Families


(Please check your 'other' message box on facebook for a message from us asking if you are a current foster or adoptive provider. We will need to know that information before you can be added to our closed group.)


If you are a DHS employee or a community member interested in learning more about FAAPA, or just want to show your community support you can follow our public facebook page at:


Community Facebook Page


Foster Parent Appreciation Winners
on 5/30/14by Melissa

Below you will find a list containing the 45 randomly drawn provider numbers that have been selected to receive a gift card from Lane County DHS for Foster Parent appreciation month. You should have received a letter in the mail this week stating your provider number. If your provider number was one that was chosen please contact Ashley Herbert directly at (541)726-6644 ex 2238). (You do not need to call your specific certifier just Ashley Herbert.) Be advised she does not work on Mondays. Leave her a message and she will return calls in the order she receives them. Winners will be given a choice from the remaining gift cards in the order that they contact Ashley.


Gift cards being given are from Papa's Pizza ($20 value), Applebees ($20 value), Ben Franklin Craft Store ($20 value), 6 wash cards from Coburg Carwash ($38 value), Rhythm and Blooms ($25 value), Sweet Life ($35 value), Portland Children's Museum Passes ($40 value) and a Buffalo Wild Wings ($25 value).  Ashley will work her way down the list of people who won but did not call her. If you did not receive a letter and need to know your provider number you can contact your certifier for that information.


Here are the winning Provider Numbers:


167808


191065


191796


196564


205857


208533


209536


211084


211649


213495


215718


216320


217343


217935


218770


219012


220400


220474


221707


221939


231855


1100125


1100402


1100977


1103175


1103288


1103991


1106518


1106654


1107204


1108070


1108081


1109830


1110878


1110947


1111960


1112417


1112692


1113245


1113559


1114438


1114484


1115637


1115641


1115737


Information on Differential Response
on 5/21/14by Melissa

Did you miss our training on the new Differential Response approach that DHS is implementing here in Lane County? You can read more about it in the following brochure or on the State of Oregon's website that is linked below.


Differential Response Brochure 

State of Oregon's page on Differential Response 


 


 


National Foster Care Month
on 5/9/14by Melissa

The cost of raising a child through age 17 is more than $240,000. To meet this, the Northwest’s current foster care rates would need to increase by 93%! How can you help? One simple way is by donating essential items that have to be replenished often, like shoes and clothing. 


@Sleep Country USA’s current Shoe Drive for Foster Kids benefits our organization, and it’s easy to contribute. Just drop off new shoes in any size at your local Sleep Country store! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1glLHL4


Camp Scholarships for Foster Children
on 4/30/14by Melissa

Jounior League is once again offering a limited number of camp scholarships for foster children ages 5-17. To apply clink the link below to print a copy of the application and mail your completed form to: 


Junior League of Eugene
Attn: Camp Scholarship 2014
P.O. Box 1029
Eugene, OR 97440


Camp Scholarship Application