Upcoming Events

Free Narnia showing for foster and adoptive families!
by Melissa

Hosanna Performing Arts Foundation is inviting Foster and Adoptive Parents Association of Lane County to attend a special preview of the 2014 Adventures in Narnia ballet Friday, Dec. 12th at 6:00 pm at LCC Ragozzino Performance Hall for free admission for to the Friday evening adventure. Concessions, raffles, and souvenirs will be available at an additional charge. Seating is limited to the first 500 immediate foster family household members.

If you are unable to attend the Friday night show, you may bring this coupon to the Saturday evening showing ONLY and receive $3.00 off regular admission price.

Please print a copy of this flyer for your families admission- Narnia Ticket 

The details:

1.  Only free admission for immediate household members of foster families.

2.  The first 500 are on a first come, first seated basis.  We have ushers that will seat the families as they arrive in order to fill all seats from the front to back.  

3.  Families MUST have the invitation printed and in hand with them to have free admission.  One printed copy will allow the entire (immediate household) family entrance.  Once inside, they will be given individual tickets so that we can monitor the seating.  

4.  If they can not attend the Friday evening preview show, they can have $3.00 of the regular admission price for the Saturday evening 7:00 pm showing.  

5.  We have lots of souvenirs and concessions available for purchase in the lobby before, during intermission, and after the show.  We also have raffle baskets that tickets can be purchased for, however, those will go through the entire weekend with the winners being contacted the next week.  

6.  The Friday evening preview begins (doors closed into the theater) at 6:00 pm.  We do allow late entrance, but the ushers assist in the timing of entering and leaving the theater once it has started.  We do have a closed circuit TV showing the live performance in the lobby for those will small children that need to step out of the theater.  

November FAAPA Meeting
by Melissa

Our November FAAPA meeting will take place on Monday the 17th at Garden Way Church from 6:30-8pm. Doors open at 6pm and free child care is provided. Garden Way Church is located at 231 North Garden Way in Eugene off of Harlow Road. November's training will be lead by Debbie Albright and Don Darland and will cover ways to protect yourself when an allegation is brought against you. 


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


Show your Support!
on 11/15/14by Melissa

Order one of these awesome Foster Parenting shirts and $9.15 from every shirt sold will go directly to FAAPA!

Show your support and promote foster parenting at the same time! 

Order yours for $20 today at www.teespring.com/faapalane


Christmas gifts through Week of Our Children
on 11/6/14by Melissa

To sign your foster/adoptive children up to receive Christmas gifts from Week Of Our Children please fill out the following form and return it to us by December 1st. You will be called to pick up your childrens gifts during the week of December 8th-12th.

You can email the completed form to fostergift􏰀s@gmail.com or drop it into the mail to us at:

FAAPA’s Week of Our Children

PO Box 71531 Eugene, OR 97401 

Week of Our Children Gift Request Form

***Please make sure to note if the child is a girl or boy if its difficult to tell by their name. Thanks***


Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Supported
on 9/3/14by Melissa

The KEEP-P program is working on a project that is designed to enhance the outcomes of foster children, combined with improving the lives of foster parents and thier families. With their new project you could:

• Earn up to $200, for your time with prizes and snacks for the kids*

• Kids get to help kids in a fun and positive research program for children 2 ½-5 years

• Aid current and future foster and kinship parents find support through this groundbreaking


• Assist children in foster/kinship care programs attain positive life outcomes


For more information please contact Tish Bixby-Campbell at 541-346-4684 or tish@uoregon.edu  

or Lisa Shimomaeda at (541)833-0290 or Lisa.Shimomaeda@dhsoha.state.or.us

Funded by National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

Approved by University of Oregon Research Compliance Service and State of Oregon DHS Child, Adult, and Family Division

* 4 research visits at $50 each over 18months

5 Myths about Adopting through Foster Care
on 8/15/14by Melissa

“It’s too expensive.”

“Children in foster care are too set in their ways to blend in with my family.”

“I’m not married, so I can’t adopt, right?”

“I don’t want to deal with the birth parents in my face about their child or deal with the child welfare system – it’s all just too complicated!”

We hear these and similar comments all the time. It’s good to consider all of the challenges and needs potential parents could face when creating or expanding a family through adoption – from financial implications to household dynamics. But opting out of the process based on myths or misperceptions about the children or the systems involved is simply a disservice to the 104,000 children waiting to be adopted.

So let’s address some of the myths:

1. It is too expensive to adopt. In reality, adoption from foster care is not expensive, typically averaging $0 to $1,500, ($0 in the state of Oregon) and financial support is available to families who adopt from foster care. Subsidies follow most of the children in foster care until they are 18 years old, and many employers provide adoption benefits. Federal and state tax credits are available, and assistance for college expenses of older youth is increasingly available.

2. Children in foster care are juvenile delinquents. Nothing could be further from the truth. Children enter the foster care system through no fault of their own, usually as a result of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. More than half of the children waiting in foster care for adoptive homes are 8 or older, 30 percent are 12 or older. Unfortunately, each year, nearly 30,000 of the children waiting to be adopted turn 18 and leave the system without families. These are the children who may fall back in to another state system without the support needed to grow and thrive. These children deserve our best efforts to find them the families we promised when they were permanently separated from their families of birth.

3. The biological parents can try to have the children returned. Once a child has been made legally free for adoption, birth parents cannot claim a child or petition for their return. Foster care adoption is permanent. The adoptive parents may decide to maintain contact with the child’s extended biological family based on what is best for the child, but that is a choice of the adoptive family.

4. Single individuals cannot adopt. Unmarried individuals are legally able to adopt in all 50 states. Nearly 30 percent of the children adopted from foster care last year were adopted by single parents.

5. Dealing with the child welfare system is too burdensome. Any system, from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to health care providers, can be frustrating and complex. And yes, sometimes working with the state or county child welfare system can seem as though it is fraught with rules, processes and sometimes unresponsiveness. It is a complex system, but the professionals involved are as committed as you are to finding homes for children and want to walk you through the process every step of the way. You can also call us at 800-ASK-DTFA when you need help, or order our Finding Forever Families: A Step-by-Step Guide to Adoption free of charge.

Remember Dave Thomas’ wise words: “These children are not someone else’s responsibility; they are our responsibility.” When children in foster care are permanently removed from their families of birth, we make what should be an unbreakable promise to them: we will find a family. And we will do it in a way that cherishes their childhood and their developmental needs so that they can grow and thrive within the birthright of every child – a safe and secure family of his or her own.

Take a moment to remember a time when, as a child, you were alone, or afraid, or distraught because one of your favorite comfort items – a stuffed animal, a blanket, a toy – was missing.Children in foster care waiting to be adopted feel that loss in a much more profound way. Each and every day.


***This article has been shared from the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption and can be found Here.

We need your help!
on 8/15/14by Melissa

As a Non Profit FAAPA needs your support more than ever! Like the support FAAPA offers your family? If so, log in to FAAPA's Go Fund Me Page today and show them. Feeling extra helpful? Share and post this link on your private facebook pages and recruit a handful of your own friends and family to contribute too. Remember, it takes a village!

FAAPA's Go Fund Me Page