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Raise me up | Overview
 
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Whether you are willing to open your home and heart to a foster child or have only a few hours to spare, you can give an Oregon child a better future.

Raise Me Up is a call to action to improve - and ultimately prevent the need for - foster care. Together, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Commission on Children and Families, the Oregon Judicial Department and Casey Family Programs are calling on you to do your part and help Oregon's most vulnerable children and support families in crisis.

"Children are in foster care because they can't be safe at home. Because of the trauma they have experienced in their lives, these children need love, stability and hope," said Erinn Kelley-Siel, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services. "Every day, child welfare workers dedicate themselves to serving children who have experienced unimaginable difficulties. But to truly raise these children up, and reduce the need for foster care in the first place, we need your help."

Whether you are interested in spending time with a child, volunteering as a fund-raiser, mentoring parents or taking on another of the needed tasks, there is a volunteer opportunity to match your abilities and time constraints. "People want to make a difference in the lives of foster children, but it can be daunting to know where to start," said Leola McKenzie, director of Juvenile Court Programs for the Oregon Judicial Department. "The campaign shows people how they can get involved."

Beyond those already in foster care, more children are at risk as their families struggle to cope with hardships. Support for these families can make the difference in keeping children safely with their families.

"Community engagement and strong community partnerships are essential components of this Raise Me Up campaign," said Iris Bell, interim transition director of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. "It takes all of us working together - neighbor helping neighbor - to ensure our children are being raised with compassion in the safe, nurturing environments they deserve."

This site provides you with links to state agencies and community organizations, including some faith-based groups, which serve children in foster care or work to keep children out of foster care and safely in their homes.

Don't wait -- please volunteer today.

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