Foster Care


Welcome Boxes

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.

Current Needs:

  • Toys for boys and girls age 2-12. Activities & books for boys and girls ages 13-17

To connect with the Welcome Box team or to help donate any of the above items, click “Contact”. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, 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.

Current Needs:

  • Volunteers willing to help out with the 2018-29 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 is a movement of compassion for both the parents and their kids during times of need. They are prepared to step alongside and help so the parents can focus on the overwhelming issues they are grappling with.

To connect with Safe Families, click “Contact”. To learn more and find out how you can get involved, click “Learn More”.

Embrace Oregon


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”.