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Creating a home

Piper, 19

Piper left home at sixteen. But on a rainy Friday in February, she graduated from our Pettygrove Residential program and went home with her mom for the first time in nearly two years. Sitting with Piper, we sip bottled water and chat about a faux-leather bomber jacket she’s been eyeing. She laughs outright when asked about getting her driver’s license. That particular milestone can wait – Piper has achieved plenty in the past six months. Last Friday, she walked at her high school graduation and her application to the University of Oregon is on its way in the mail.

Passing the afternoon with this bright, articulate, young person, it’s hard to align her chaotic past with her promising future. Homelessness, arrest, anger and defiance – like many of the young women in our Pettygrove program, Piper’s past is filled with these themes. When asked about how her life changed trajectory, Piper speaks freely about the Pettygrove Residential program.

Referencing a favorite piece of art she made while staying at Pettygrove, Piper explains the elements of the program that helped her transform her future. “The head here represents the program and the people that are helping kids. They are blowing all these things into us – compassion, patience, strength –  and instilling these things into us so we can grow up and become women.”

Piper stayed just under nine months in our Pettygrove Residential program. In this program, girls who are in the custody of the Oregon Youth Authority live together cooperatively under the supervision of our trained staff.  Girls receive group and individual counseling and develop the skills they need to end a cycle of destructive behavior and move towards a successful future.

When asked about her future, and the role our Pettygrove Residential program played in her young life, Piper is hopeful. “Being here taught me that you are influenced by what’s around you, by your environment. People can get sent to a lockdown facility but there you’re not gonna get the things that you get at Pettygrove, you’re just gonna get locked in a cell and that doesn’t help. At Pettygrove you’re meeting friends, learning skills, learning how to be in a community, having opportunities like this to tell our story and to make art and that’s really important.”

Finding permanency

Kyle, 20

He’d been bounced around for more than 12 years, from home to home. At the tender age of two, Kyle was separated from his brothers and sisters.  For the next nine years, Kyle moved in and out of foster care, never staying in one home long enough to feel like he belonged. When Kyle was 11, he found hope for a new life with relatives who planned to adopt him.  What a disappointment it was when they changed their minds.

Next, Kyle was sent to a therapeutic group home for almost two years.  A family seemed farther away than ever as Kyle entered his teens.  But Kyle was identified by “Wendy’s Wonderful Kids”, a national program that partners with local agencies like Boys & Girls Aid to find adoptive families for children like Kyle.

It was then that Kyle met Boys & Girls Aid adoption recruiter, Cindy Logan, who became his advocate.  Cindy was determined to find Kyle a permanent, loving home and spent weeks diligently following all leads.  Finally, she found what she was looking for—an uncle who lived in Montana.  Cindy immediately called Kyle’s Uncle Bob.  In all the time Kyle had been in foster care, Uncle Bob had never been contacted by a social service agency.  He and his family had never known how they could help his nephew.  They immediately agreed to consider adopting Kyle.

Finally, at age 13, Kyle went to live with his aunt, uncle and cousins in Montana, where he is thriving.  He has re-connected with his relatives, and has even met some family members he never knew he had.

Through focused advocacy, Boys & Girls Aid was able to find a permanent, loving home for Kyle.  With the support of his new family, Kyle plans to go to college and has his sights set on becoming an actor.

“I know my aunt and uncle love me,” says Kyle.  “I finally have a place I can call home.”

Half way to independence

Hannah, 17

When you meet Hannah, you see a poised, attractive young woman brimming with confidence. But behind those bright eyes is a young woman who has lived a life of turmoil and angst in an unsafe environment with little adult support. She spent her high school years struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts; concerned by her poor attendance and life circumstances, her high school counselor referred 17-year-old Hannah to the Transitional Living Program (TLP) at Boys & Girls Aid.

Hannah was unsure at first, but Troy Cressy, TLP counselor, convinced her to “give it a shot.”  Hannah lived first with a host family and then with friends, but by age 18 she had her own apartment, a place to call home and a place where she feels safe.  Troy helped Hannah learn about cooking, shopping, money management, relationships—the life lessons young people need.  With Troy’s help, Hannah worked on her personal issues and explored post-high school education.  Ask Hannah to identify the most important aspect of TLP and she’ll say, “Support and mutual respect.”

Remarkably, Hannah has never abused drugs or alcohol.  Hannah believes, “You have to step back and say, ‘That is not the person I want to be.’ And you have to break the cycle.”  Hannah is one of the first in her extended family to graduate from high school and stay clean.  She plans to attend community college next fall and study social work – something she always wanted to pursue but seemed impossible before spending time in the Boys & Girls Aid Transitional Living Program.  “I look at how much I’ve achieved in TLP and I think, ‘I’ve come so far, I can do what I’ve always wanted to do!’ ”

Hannah has reconnected with her mother, older sister and her family.  “My nephews mean everything to me,” she says.  “I want to be a positive influence in their lives.”  Hannah’s mother is proud of what she has accomplished and continues to achieve.  Most importantly, Hannah is proud of her own progress, her strength and independence.

Rural adoption success

Richard and Tonya

The Goldberg’s were a rural family, the father, Richard, a timber worker and the mother, Tonya, a skilled administrative aide. Shyne, was a single mother raising a five year old daughter alone. Shyne believed she could not adequately provide care and support for two children and continue to work full-time.

The birthmother and adoptive family met in the hospital and formed a close, respectful bond and instant positive rapport. The birthmother expressed gratitude and felt certain she had chosen the right family for her son. The adoptive parents have continued to maintain a relationship with Boys & Girls Aid, and have assisted at times with our adoption training. Today the baby boy is thriving and enjoys a special bond with his father – which is always a pleasure to see.

A change of plans

Becca & Mike

Becca and Mike’s pregnancy followed a tumultuous path. The two had been a couple but Mike, the birthfather, went away to school not knowing that his girlfriend was pregnant with their child. After the child’s birth, the birthfather returned to find that his girlfriend had a new baby and wanted assistance in making a plan. The couple took the baby home from the hospital but after a few weeks, they called to ask for an adoptive placement. Both were college students pursuing academic and career goals and parenthood was not in their plans.

They chose a mature couple who were already raising one teenage boy from the adoptive father’s previous marriage. The maturity and stability of this family was a key factor in Becca and Mike’s decision. The teenage boy proved to be an exemplary big brother. Becca and Mike enjoy an ongoing relationship with the adoptive family. Together they have shared trips to the zoo and regularly correspond via email.

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Our newsletters provide a direct line of communication with the many friends and supporters of Boys & Girls Aid. Our agency newsletter is published twice annually and our program newsletters come out once each quarter. We invite you to join our mailing list and receive our agency newsletter so that we can provide you with updates on all that we do to help children in need.

Our agency newsletter allows you to stay current on the latest news, stories, and upcoming events from Boys & Girls Aid.

NewletterConnect: Boys & Girls Aid - Fall 2016

Mae entered foster care at the age of 5 and moved between seven homes during a three year period. A sibling group of six children between the ages of 3 and 15 spent six years in foster care, living in a total of 40 combined homes during this time.

Moving is tough for a child. They lose their friends, teachers and roots.

We believe that every child deserves to grow up in one family and live in one home and attend one school. Learn how we are breaking the cycle of moving from foster home to foster home through our It’s All About Family campaign.

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Sp16Connect: Boys & Girls Aid - Spring 2016

A boy moves homes for the fifth time in a single year. A girl is removed from her family because her parents have not been home in days. Siblings are separated because they are told they are too hard to parent.

These are the individual events marking the lives of children growing up in the foster care system. Thousands of children in Oregon can relate to one or all of these traumatic things happening to them. Their adolescence is defined by one negative experience after another.

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ConnectBGAIDFall15smConnect: Boys & Girls Aid - Fall 2015

At 15, Crystalanne didn’t have a family. She was living in a residential facility for youth where professionally trained staff cared for her. The four previous years she had spent as a foster youth in Oregon had left her mentally and emotionally strained.

She was confused and angry about her circumstances. At the age of 9, Crystalanne’s father died. Less than two years later, her mother abandoned her at a hospital.

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Boys & Girls Aid NewsletterConnect: Boys & Girls Aid - Spring 2015

The agency was the first of its kind in Oregon. Compared to the orphanages on the East Coast that saw children as labor, the Boys & Girls Aid Society of Oregon was viewed as innovative and compassionate. It implemented a model that served children on an individual level by connecting them with families who may eventually one day adopt them. Henry, and the many children that came after him, now had an organization devoted to his future..

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Boys & Girls Aid newsletterConnect: Boys & Girls Aid - Fall 2014

Early mornings are difficult for youth in long-term foster care. As children across the country pack their lunches and backpacks for school, foster youth are keeping track of their few life possessions. At a moment’s notice, with one knock at the door, their possessions could be lost.

If they aren’t prepared, this can mean leaving behind a family photo or favorite t-shirt. While their peers are focused on sports, school and social activities, foster children are often consumed…

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Annual Report

Our Annual Report is an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year at Boys & Girls Aid. To request a printed version, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Boys & Girls Aid Annual ReportAnnual Report 2013-2014

While we were successful in continuing our work, we were less successful financially. We rely on our charitable contributions as they comprise about 20 percent of our annual budget. In 2014, we fell short. We need our investors as much as ever. More children continue to enter our foster care system, and more children are exiting the system and living on the streets. We are here to break cycles and create positive opportunities for the children we serve. But we cannot do this work without you!

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Annual Report 2012-2013

Our 2013 fiscal year was full of wonderful stories of children who had faced abuse and neglect, now finding lifelong connections. It was a year we saw new beginnings and new opportunities for those who had endured so much trauma and pain in their young lives. While we are proud of these accomplishments, our 2012-2013 fiscal year was not without challenge. We felt the difficulties of the economic downturn from which we have not fully recovered. Our projected support fell short.

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ar12_coverAnnual Report 2011-2012

As we give thanks in this new year, we are so grateful to have had a year full of growth and innovation at Boys & Girls Aid. After 127 years serving Oregon’s children, we have had time to reflect on who we are and what is most important and necessary for the children we serve. We have been able to give thanks for the opportunities to impact the well-being of children in need. As an Agency, we believe that families raise children, not systems. We believe that no matter what a child has experienced, each one deserves a family or lifelong permanent connection.

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ar11_coverAnnual Report 2010-2011

Our 2010-2011 fiscal year was a positive and successful time for Boys & Girls Aid. Throughout the last three years, the slow economy provided us with challenges. But we used the sometimes difficult circumstances as an opportunity to review our programs and processes. During this time, we always held true to our core purpose of impacting the lives of children in need. And with the completion of the fiscal year, we can say, with enthusiasm, that our services for children and young adults are growing and continually improving at Boys & Girls Aid.

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ar10_coverAnnual Report 2009-2010

Our 2009-2010 fiscal year was filled with reflection on what Boys & Girls has accomplished since 1885 and where we are headed in the future. We celebrated a momentous occasion for Boys & Girls Aid – 125 years of serving children in need. We looked back on the thousands of children and families we have served and the needs we helped to fulfill. We were reminded that these needs were absolutely basic – every child needs and deserves a family to love them and a home to call their own. This was true in 1885 and will be true forever.

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2013-2014 IRS Form 990

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Fiscal Year 2015 Audit