Foster care community & support
You are not alone
Foster parents have the support of their certifier, and the child's caseworker. Children also have the guidance of therapists and other specialists to address specific needs. Some of the best support you will receive is from other foster parents, who reach out to each other to share their experiences and learn from one another.
Foster parent associations have been established in many Oregon communities. They provide realistic support and advocacy. In your orientation and training classes, you will receive information about local foster parent associations as well as other support groups and networks.
The Oregon Foster Parent Association provides support, advocacy and training for foster, adoptive and relative parents. Contact them toll-free statewide at 1-888-544-3402. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them online at www.ofpa.com.
Our DHS Foster Parent Resources website provides many tools and resources to help you with foster parenting. Ongoing training is available to help you get the skills needed to care for children in foster care and understand the many resources you have access to. DHS and Portland State University have joined together to provide free training through the Child Welfare Partnership. Classes are designed to meet the needs of foster, relative and adoptive parents. Many excellent classes are offered online. Call 503-399-5262 or visit them at www.cwpsalem.pdx.edu/foster.
Foster Parents also have access to a lending library containing books, video and tapes on various topics related to foster parenting and foster children. Materials can be ordered online: lending library online