Foster Care

What Foster Care Looks like in OregonMay is National Foster Care Month


It is a time to recognize how foster care supports and strengthens families, to honor the experiences of the children and young people in foster care, and to show gratitude for the contribution that resource families make to the well-being and safety of children and families throughout Oregon. In Oregon, there are 5,975* children in foster care and thousands of resource families who step up to support them and their families.

Resource families, formerly called foster families or foster parents in Oregon, are affirming and supportive to both the child and their family. Resource families ensure cultural and community connections for children and young adults. They work hard to partner with families to offset the tremendous grief and loss children and young adults experiencing foster care may have. They are partners in achieving the best possible outcomes for families while providing for the safety, health and well-being of the children and young people they’re committed to caring for in their home. Resource families in Oregon support family preservation and reunification whenever possible and are also available to provide a permanent and supportive home when needed.

Oregon is committed to supporting children and families in our communities with resource families who maintain and honor their connections to family, culture and community. Our goal is to have more than enough resource families throughout Oregon. We know that each child and family has their own unique needs. When we have more than enough resource families, we can find the best match to support every child and family touched by foster care.

To learn more about becoming a resource parent or for ways to support resource families and children impacted by foster care, visit our web page or our trusted partner Every Child Oregon.

State of Oregon Foster Care Month Proclamation

Infographic: What Foster Care Looks Like in Oregon (PDF | PNG)

*As of April 2021