EVERY CHILD FAQs
Can I as an individual, or my group, do just a one-time volunteer opportunity?
YES! We understand not everyone can make a big commitment to volunteering with Every Child. Our heart and hope is that whether it is a on time opportunity or an ongoing engagement, that this community engages to help vulnerable children and families. We are happy to help you find the opportunity that best fits you as an individual, or you as a group with the best opportunities for the season you are in.
How can my company or business partner with Every Child?
There are a variety of ways for businesses to engage with Every Child and the families in our community. From a few volunteer hours, to corporately sponsoring a coffee cart for a local DHS office, to an DHS office make-over, to donating tangible goods, and more! If you would like your office to engage with us, we want to help you discover how!
What is the difference between Every Child and A Family for Every Child?
The mission of A Family For Every Child is actually quite distinct in that they are laser-focused on adoption and finding permanent loving homes for children who are legally free (which currently is about 200 children in the state of Oregon). They are also under contract with the Department of Human Services to recruit and support adoptive families especially for children with special needs or that are otherwise difficult to place because of the high level of care and therapeutic environment required. They have several different programs that support their mission from their Heart Gallery (which showcases photos and stories of children who are available for adoption) as well as their latest “Host Home Program” which appears to be targeting support for children who are aging out of the foster care system. These are all incredibly valuable efforts and an important piece of the puzzle when we are looking at tackling the foster care crisis that exists in our state.
Since Every Child is focused on foster system support (and the goal of foster care is reunification), we’ve felt it critical to focus on foster care and point those interested solely in adoption to one of the 13 adoption agencies (or to DHS’ internal adoption track) when their focus/interest is fulfilling that need. We’re focusing our energy on kids currently in the system, in order to better serve them. Of course, Every Child also recognizes that not everyone can be a foster parent, and the heartbeat of our mission is that everyone can be apart of the solution! So we have created a diverse array of on-ramps out of recognition that DHS cannot address this huge need on their own. It’s critical for us that the Every Child is a community driven initiative that is simply seeking to be DHS’s best partner in caring for kids and maintains a posture that is hopeful, collaborative, and determined.
We are in good relationship and understanding with A Family For Every Child, and believe in the work they are doing. If you would like to know more about A Family For Every Child, we encourage you to visit their website at: www.afamilyforeverychild.org.