Upcoming Events

Foster and Adoptive Family Support Group
by Melissa

New to fostering? Looking to connect with other foster and adoptive families? Are you a relative who is fostering a family member? Then this support group is for you!

Tiffany Olsen's support group meets at Papa's Pizza in Springfield the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm! Lots of space for kids to play together while parents visit and support each other. Drop in anytime! Everyone is welcome! Questions? Contact Tiffany Olsen at (541) 515-9951


Keeping Foster and Kinship Parents Supported
on 9/3/14by Melissa

The KEEP-P program is working on a project that is designed to enhance the outcomes of foster children, combined with improving the lives of foster parents and thier families. With their new project you could:

• Earn up to $200, for your time with prizes and snacks for the kids*

• Kids get to help kids in a fun and positive research program for children 2 ½-5 years

• Aid current and future foster and kinship parents find support through this groundbreaking


• Assist children in foster/kinship care programs attain positive life outcomes


For more information please contact Tish Bixby-Campbell at 541-346-4684 or tish@uoregon.edu  

or Lisa Shimomaeda at (541)833-0290 or Lisa.Shimomaeda@dhsoha.state.or.us

Funded by National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

Approved by University of Oregon Research Compliance Service and State of Oregon DHS Child, Adult, and Family Division

* 4 research visits at $50 each over 18months

5 Myths about Adopting through Foster Care
on 8/15/14by Melissa

“It’s too expensive.”

“Children in foster care are too set in their ways to blend in with my family.”

“I’m not married, so I can’t adopt, right?”

“I don’t want to deal with the birth parents in my face about their child or deal with the child welfare system – it’s all just too complicated!”

We hear these and similar comments all the time. It’s good to consider all of the challenges and needs potential parents could face when creating or expanding a family through adoption – from financial implications to household dynamics. But opting out of the process based on myths or misperceptions about the children or the systems involved is simply a disservice to the 104,000 children waiting to be adopted.

So let’s address some of the myths:

1. It is too expensive to adopt. In reality, adoption from foster care is not expensive, typically averaging $0 to $1,500, ($0 in the state of Oregon) and financial support is available to families who adopt from foster care. Subsidies follow most of the children in foster care until they are 18 years old, and many employers provide adoption benefits. Federal and state tax credits are available, and assistance for college expenses of older youth is increasingly available.

2. Children in foster care are juvenile delinquents. Nothing could be further from the truth. Children enter the foster care system through no fault of their own, usually as a result of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. More than half of the children waiting in foster care for adoptive homes are 8 or older, 30 percent are 12 or older. Unfortunately, each year, nearly 30,000 of the children waiting to be adopted turn 18 and leave the system without families. These are the children who may fall back in to another state system without the support needed to grow and thrive. These children deserve our best efforts to find them the families we promised when they were permanently separated from their families of birth.

3. The biological parents can try to have the children returned. Once a child has been made legally free for adoption, birth parents cannot claim a child or petition for their return. Foster care adoption is permanent. The adoptive parents may decide to maintain contact with the child’s extended biological family based on what is best for the child, but that is a choice of the adoptive family.

4. Single individuals cannot adopt. Unmarried individuals are legally able to adopt in all 50 states. Nearly 30 percent of the children adopted from foster care last year were adopted by single parents.

5. Dealing with the child welfare system is too burdensome. Any system, from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to health care providers, can be frustrating and complex. And yes, sometimes working with the state or county child welfare system can seem as though it is fraught with rules, processes and sometimes unresponsiveness. It is a complex system, but the professionals involved are as committed as you are to finding homes for children and want to walk you through the process every step of the way. You can also call us at 800-ASK-DTFA when you need help, or order our Finding Forever Families: A Step-by-Step Guide to Adoption free of charge.

Remember Dave Thomas’ wise words: “These children are not someone else’s responsibility; they are our responsibility.” When children in foster care are permanently removed from their families of birth, we make what should be an unbreakable promise to them: we will find a family. And we will do it in a way that cherishes their childhood and their developmental needs so that they can grow and thrive within the birthright of every child – a safe and secure family of his or her own.

Take a moment to remember a time when, as a child, you were alone, or afraid, or distraught because one of your favorite comfort items – a stuffed animal, a blanket, a toy – was missing.Children in foster care waiting to be adopted feel that loss in a much more profound way. Each and every day.


***This article has been shared from the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption and can be found Here.

We need your help!
on 8/15/14by Melissa

As a Non Profit FAAPA needs your support more than ever! Like the support FAAPA offers your family? If so, log in to FAAPA's Go Fund Me Page today and show them. Feeling extra helpful? Share and post this link on your private facebook pages and recruit a handful of your own friends and family to contribute too. Remember, it takes a village!

FAAPA's Go Fund Me Page

FAAPA Facebook Page
on 5/30/14by Melissa

Did you know we have a private facebook page for current Lane County foster or adoptive parents? If you haven't yet joined our page you can do so by clicking the green circle with the letter 'f' at the top of this page or go to: 

Closed Facebook page for current Lane County Foster and Adoptive Families

(Please check your 'other' message box on facebook for a message from us asking if you are a current foster or adoptive provider. We will need to know that information before you can be added to our closed group.)

If you are a DHS employee or a community member interested in learning more about FAAPA, or just want to show your community support you can follow our public facebook page at:

Community Facebook Page

Information on Differential Response
on 5/21/14by Melissa

Did you miss our training on the new Differential Response approach that DHS is implementing here in Lane County? You can read more about it in the following brochure or on the State of Oregon's website that is linked below.

Differential Response Brochure 

State of Oregon's page on Differential Response