Foster Care

Foster Care

In 2011, 4,672 children in the Portland, Oregon Metro area spent at least one day in the foster care system. The same year saw only 1,640 certified foster homes. The single greatest need in the state is a larger population of healthy families certified to provide safe, loving, and supportive homes for Oregon's vulnerable children.

Collectively, churches are mobilizing to share ideas and address this issue. The Portland Leadership Foundation is leading the efforts and has met with all eight metro area DHS (Department of Human Services) offices to discover ways churches can partner with the state. Open dialogue is flowing between many child welfare agencies and faith communities.

Community Connections

  • Embrace Oregon

    Embrace Oregon
    Embrace Oregon seeks to connect caring individuals and families with vulnerable children in partnership with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare.
  • The Foster Closet

    Foster Closet
    The Foster Closet supplies clothing and other items free of charge to children in Foster Care. 

  • Oregon Department of Human Services

    Oregon Department of Human Services

    Foster parents are essential partners of the state's services to children, and the Department of Human Services depends on foster parents to do the day-to-day parenting for children until they can either return safely to their own homes.

  • Portland Leadership Foundation

    Portland Leadership Foundation
    Portland Leadership Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and develop leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of Portland, Oregon, including the area of Foster Care.

  • Royal Family KIDS Camp

    Royal Family Kids Camp

    Royal Family KIDS Camps are welcoming, one-week resident camps designed to meet the unique and overwhelming needs of abused and neglected children.