Every year, more than 13,000 children in Oregon spend at least one day in some form of foster care. Many of these children “age out” of foster care without a family, a plan for permanency, or stable housing. Many end up homeless. Reunification with families is always a top priority. Parents learn new skills through supervised visits at the DHS offices throughout the state.
This year, Portland-area churches gave a gift to help improve nine DHS child welfare offices in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. These “DHS makeovers” focused specifically on the visitation rooms where children visit with their families on a weekly basis. What was a dismal and shabby space is now beautiful and hopeful, communicating their worth to our community.
“We are so thankful and I want to just reinforce I have always believed in miracles and I am certain one has just happened to us ...” - A DHS worker.
8 churches, 12 businesses, and 300 volunteers made this project possible!