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Dick WhitnellEnterprising community builds hope for children

Businessman Dick Whitnell helped bring together diverse partners under a shared vision to foster hope.

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/DHS/children/beyondfc/images/2011-09-30-na-teen-gather/drumming-thumbnail.jpgNative traditions 'call out' to foster youth

Drummer Billy David - a direct descendant of Bo-Co-Pa, who was the Headman for the Marsh people and a Klamath Tribal Treaty signer of 1864 - is among the Klamath tribal elders who shared traditions and stories with youth at the annual Native Teen Gathering.

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'It was the right thing to do,' mother says of her outreach

Kristy Kilfoil, with her daughter Mirabella, offered her friendship and support to another mother with a special needs daughter, proving that volunteerism takes many forms. What can you do to improve a child's future?

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Family court uses tough love to help addicted parents rebuild lives, families

Judge Patricia Crain, one of three judges who preside over cases in Community Family Court, says the court’s approach helps break the cycle of addiction and child neglect.

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A network of family supports keeps kids out of foster care

Because of services available to Sarah Pressley and her daughter, Reece, they have been able to remain together while Pressley is in drug treatment in Jackson County. The services, including supervised housing and parent training, are financed by federal grants.

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Mentors set the example of success for struggling parents

Mark Held knows what it's like to grapple with addiction and lose custody of his children because of neglect. Now he's got his life back on track, and he's helping other Multnomah County parents learn from his experiences.

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/DHS/children/beyondfc/images/feature-2011-0419-thmb.jpgDemonstration project gives power to family, security to boy

Trauma gives way to stability for a Washington County boy and his family as they are wrapped in coordinated services.

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Sleuthing out family members to improve children's lives

Sarah Kopplin may have the heart of a social worker, but she's got the mind of a private investigator.

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