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  • What about discipline? Straight talk about a complicated subject.

    Discipline teaches children to engage better with others and to modify or manage their behavior in healthy ways. Positive and non-physical discipline is most effective.

  • Digital Stories From the Field

    Foster Care Month
    These video stories represent  perspectives of teens who are or were in long term foster care in Oregon. Through these stories we are better able to understand the shared desire for permanency teens in our foster care system experience.
Citizen Review Boards
As a foster parent or relative provider you will be invited to attend Citizen Review Hearings held to review case planning for children currently placed in your care by the department. These hearings are held at the local DHS child welfare office.You will receive a formal notice of the date and time of review and request for you to attend. Citizen Review Hearings are a court review and as such respect is shown to the court by coming to a CRB dressed in clothing considered appropriate for attending church or a professional job interview.

Members of the CRB will ask you questions related to the child or sibling group in your care. Frequently you will be asked questions regarding school performance, whether services being provided are appropriate and meet the needs of the child, as well as questions related to the child’s functioning in your home. You will be given the opportunity to provide additional information which you believe to be important to case planning.


Free State Park Entry! Oregon State Parks logo
Special Access Pass to State Parks is free for Foster, Guardian and Adoptive Parents when eligible children are present.
The free camping for foster family's program only includes state parks, and does not include those maintained by the federal forest service.
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Did you know?
Foster Parents are required to keep medical documentation on foster children in their care, including these important records: