3 Ongoing Opportunities to Serve Foster Kids

on Monday, May 05, 2014 Posted in Opportunities, Foster Care

3 Ongoing Opportunities to Serve Foster Kids

Embrace Oregon reports that in March 2014, the number of Multnomah County children in foster care hit 1,709. DHS workers across the state have spoken out to say the need for safe, nurturing homes has reached a chronic level. Check out these opportunities to help DHS serve Oregon's most vulnerable kids and youth:

Apartment Starter Kits

Embrace Oregon is extending its Welcome Box program to foster youth graduating from high school. Help ease the transition from foster care to adult living by putting together laundry baskets packed with useful items like dishes, toiletries, canned goods, and gift cards. To donate an apartment starter kit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transportation

DHS is recruiting volunteers to assist in the transportation of children in foster care to their medical and non-medical appointments. Volunteers can work as many (or as few) hours as they desire and are eligible for mileage reimbursement at a rate of $0.56 per mile. All volunteers must attend an orientation and pass a background check. To get involved, contact DHS volunteer services for Multnomah County at 971-673-3503 or Washington County at 503-598-6297. 

Icebreakers

Once a child is in foster care, child welfare agencies often use one or more types of family meetings to keep parents involved. An icebreaker is a stand-alone meeting that builds a critical connection between birth parents and the foster parents who are caring for a child. This is a new opportunity to volunteer by facilitating these important meetings. Volunteers must complete the DHS general orientation and be trained and supervised by someone at DHS. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.