Posted on November 7, 2014 by Boys & Girls Aid
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 by the thought of where they will be sleeping that night, if they will be safe, and if they will ever see their parents again.
With each day, there is greater potential for having their lives upended. One knock at the door and everything keeping them grounded is gone. By that night, they could be sleeping in an unfamiliar bed in an unfamiliar home, surrounded by unfamiliar people.
Posted on November 3, 2014 by Boys & Girls Aid
Join Boys & Girls Aid in honoring the families that have grown through adoption. All month we will share stories with you from families and individuals who have adopted through our agency.
Throughout National Adoption Month we will also focus on the more than 400 children currently in Oregon’s foster care system in need of a lifelong connection. With your support, we can work to ensure more children will be celebrating National Adoption Month in 2015 with a family of their own.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to building connections that last a lifetime. And thank you for celebrating National Adoption Month with us.
Posted on October 2, 2014 by Boys & Girls Aid
Boys & Girls Aid was named one of the best nonprofits to work for in Oregon! More than 5,500 employees from 180 organizations participated in Oregon Business’ annual poll . Boys & Girls Aid was ranked #20 among all large nonprofits. We are proud to be considered in the same light as Outside In and Energy Trust of Oregon.
Posted on September 18, 2014 by Boys & Girls Aid
Joe and I come from very large families and have always wanted a family of our own. As our relationship progressed and we committed to each other, we began exploring ways to grow our family. We explored surrogacy and infant adoption, but we both had experiences within the last four years that drew us to foster care adoption.
As an MRI technologist at OHSU, Joe often helps treat children that are abused and neglected. As a government affairs representative, I regularly take state legislators on tours of our community. During one of these tours, we had a client come speak to a legislator on how the county’s programs have helped change her life. She had recently been released from jail and was living in a county residential facility, where she was receiving treatment and job training. This young woman had been shuttled between foster homes her entire life, some of which were extremely abusive. She became involved in very unsafe behaviors as a way to escape that environment, was sent to jail, and now found herself trying to rebuild and transition her life.
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Boys & Girls Aid
Dan & Rachelle Spindler adopted Summer in the fall of 2013. This is their adoption story.
We would like to give a special thanks to the Spindler family for sharing their story. We would also like to thank Runaway Mustache Productions.