Every Child aims to provide love, care, and support for vulnerable children and families in Oregon.
Our Core Values
- Hopeful - Every Child believes in a hopeful future for children and families in Oregon.
- Collaborative - Every Child connects individuals, businesses, families, and faith communities with acute needs.
- Determined - Every Child relentlessly fights for children in crisis, and commits to finding safe, nurturing places where they can flourish.
Who We Are
Last year, 11,238 children spent time in foster care. 66.1% spent time in more than one foster home. Many were split from their siblings. If a natural disaster hit our state and children were wandering the street without someone to care for them, each of us would open our homes to help in the crisis. With more than 11,00 children in foster care and more entering the system every day, we're in the midst of a disaster in our state.
Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) works to care for children and families in crisis, but is often left with few resources for volunteer and foster parent recruitment efforts. If we don’t step in, many children will be left without the care, comfort, and safety of a loving home during times of trauma, transition, and uncertainty. We can do better for Oregon's children. We know that Oregon's communities want to take action, and just don’t know where to begin. Many of us feel helpless, doing nothing or never considering foster parenting.
Every Child gathers families in partnership with Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to aide vulnerable children and families. Everyone has something to bring to foster care — be it donating, volunteering, or fostering. And by doing so, we’re able to bring love, care, and support to vulnerable children and families who previously had nowhere to turn.
How It Started
In 2012, Embrace Oregon began in the Portland area with welcome boxes and hospitality at the child welfare offices in the region.
The momentum grew in Portland, and Embrace Oregon began to experience unprecedented results.
- More than 600 foster family inquiries since 2015, and 250 foster families certified with DHS Child Welfare
- 750 tangible needs met
- 3,550 volunteers engaged
- 14,000 Welcome Boxes delivered
- 100 businesses and 90 faith communities connected
As a result, interest began to pour in from other counties in Oregon asking, “How can I start something in my community?”
In 2015, Every Child emerged to answer this question.
After all, Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) does not exist to recruit and coordinate volunteer efforts, but rather to care for children and families in crisis. So, Every Child stepped in to provide a coordinated effort in the community. Partnering with DHS and community organizations, Every Child works to solve Oregon’s foster care crisis through marketing, education, one-on-one connections, and public and private initiatives.