These gift boxes are filled with toys and activities to comfort, love, and care for vulnerable children ages 2-17 within our local community. These boxes will be delivered to our local Tigard, Beaverton, and Hillsboro DHS offices where case workers will give them to children within foster care.
To get the list of supplies and specific instructions for assembling the boxes, click "learn more" below. To contact the Westside Community that's heading this initiative up, click "contact".
All Welcome Boxes can be dropped off at the Info Desk at Westside, Sunday - Thursday.
Foster Support Group
Are you hosting kiddos through foster care, Safe Families, or respite care? Join our Foster 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 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.
For more information on joining this support group, or learning how you can be a part of the childcare team, click "contact" to reach Kelsey and Chad Wallen - the couple leading the Westside Community that heads this up.
Safe Families for children
Safe Families for Children is a network of volunteers dedicated to providing a safe, temporary environment for children and support local families. Their three main objectives are to keep children safe during family crises, surround family with community to provide stability, and reunite families and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system.
- Host Families, Family Coaches, and Family Friends. To find out more about what these roles entail, click "learn more".
Have more specific questions and want to chat with someone involved with Safe Families? Contact the Westside liaisons to Safe Families, Patty Booth and Britney Carpenter, by clicking "contact".
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.
- If you're curious and interested in becoming a foster parent, you are needed! Embrace Oregon will walk alongside you in the process and are eager to best equip you to step into fostering.
To find out more information on how to become a foster parent, click "learn more". If you would like to connect with someone at Embrace, click "contact".