Welcome Boxes provide vulnerable children in a time of crisis with age appropriate delightful things to occupy them in this most vulnerable time of waiting at the DHS office. These boxes are given to children in the Tri-county area who are awaiting foster home placement, struggling with disappointment if a birth parent doesn’t show up, or during a transfer from one foster home to another. Welcome boxes are a tangible act of love.
For the months of June, July & August, we will be taking a break from receiving Welcome Boxes at Westside. Because of your generosity, you have helped Westside and Hear the Cry partner with Embrace Oregon well and play a vital part in making a child feel comforted during a difficult transitional time. We are currently at our capacity for welcome box donations for the summer! Check out Embrace Oregon’s website for other locations to drop off welcome boxes.
We will resume receiving boxes in September. To connect with the Welcome Box team or to help donate any of the above items, click “Contact”. To learn more about how you can get involved or find out where welcome box drop off locations are, click “Learn More”.
Foster parents’ night out
Foster Parents' Night Out is a non-profit organization started in 2006 in Salem, Oregon. It is an initiative of Every Child Oregon that provides monthly respite care to DHS foster families. Local sites host FPNO so that foster parents can have a night off, while trained volunteers care for their foster, adopted, and biological children. Westside’s FPNO takes place September-June.
Volunteers willing to help out with the 2019-2020 FPNO events at Westside. In order to volunteer with the kids you will have to attend a training that is held monthly at different locations. For more info and to register for the upcoming trainings, click “Training”.
To connect with Westside’s Site Coordinator, click “Contact”.
Adoptive/Foster parent Support Group
Are you caring for kiddos through foster care or Safe Families? Have you adopted? Join our Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group every 4th Friday of the month to enjoy a free dinner, and a couple hours learning from and supporting each other.
Want to help serve these families? A great way to offer support to adoptive or foster families in our community is by caring for their kids during this evening each month, while they enjoy a couple hours together, kid-free.
To connect with this group’s coordinator, click “Contact”.
Safe Families For Children
When crisis strikes — perhaps an illness, loss of a job, eviction, substance abuse, or other unpredictable events — some families in our community don’t have a supportive network to turn to. Sadly, as parents struggle to cope with the crisis, their children are at a greater risk of suffering the consequences.
Safe Families for Children’s objectives are to keep children safe during a family crisis, support and stabilize families with caring and compassionate community, and reunite families and reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.
Host Families — there are many families in the Beaverton, Hillsboro, and West Portland area in need of hosting.
Family Friends — support a family hosting a child through encouragement, practical needs, and respite to support to active Host Families.
To connect with Safe Families, click “Contact”. To learn more about becoming a host family or support a host family, click “Learn More”.
Embrace Oregon connects caring community members with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services. They are dedicated to the flourishing of every child.
To connect with Embrace Oregon, click “Contact”. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, click “Learn More”.
Many times, foster parents find out they are receiving a child mere hours before bringing them home. With Love is a non-profit organization honored to support foster families by providing safe, clean and quality clothing and supplies for children ages 0-6.
To learn how to get involved with partnering and equipping foster families, click “Learn More”.