CASA Recruits Volunteers

EUGENE, Ore. — The Great Rotary Duck Race is just days away and five non-profits will receive help and money through this annual event. Each is on a mission to help fight child abuse and neglect, including the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lane County. CASA of Lane County works to provide support for children … Continue reading »

Oregon Unveils New Child Welfare Model

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Human Services is making some changes that should help reduce the number of kids in foster care. And Lane County is one of the first in the state to implement the new system. The new plan includes helping families pay for things like housing, alcohol and drug rehab, … Continue reading »

Foster Cats For Your Business

CORVALLIS, Ore. — If you are looking to add a friend to your business, or hoping to connect with customers better, a cat might be the answer. The Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis is looking for businesses to participate in its new program called “Cat About Town,” where businesses foster care for cats. The Humane … Continue reading »

Foster Care Bill of Rights Signed

SALEM, Ore. — Current and former foster children and their advocates headed to Salem Monday to celebrate the signing of the Foster Care Bill of Rights. Senate Bill 123A explains the basic rights of Oregon’s foster kids to things like food, clothes and safety. It also requires that the case workers go over those rights … Continue reading »

Local Foster Youth Empower Peers

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local foster youth are urging Oregon lawmakers to pass a bill that would help foster children know their rights. Senate Bill 123 would serve two crucial functions for foster children. The bill would require the state to present and explain the rights of foster children when a child enters a foster home. … Continue reading »

AAA Collects Luggage for Foster Care

EUGENE, Ore. — If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that old luggage in the attic, here’s an option: Donate it to AAA in Eugene. The group cleans everything up and passes it along to local foster care and women’s programs. “Sometimes you don’t know the impact that it might be making, but from … Continue reading »

AFFEC Hosts Winter Wonderland Fundraiser

EUGENE, Ore. — A local organization working to find forever homes for local foster children is getting ready for its biggest fundraiser of the year. A Family for Every Child will host its “Winter Wonderland” fundraiser on Thursday. The event includes a dinner and auction. Tickets are $75 each, and the money will help the … Continue reading »

Foster Youth Face Difficulties Aging Out

EUGENE, Ore. — Fall is here and schools are officially in full swing. While many students only have to worry about moving on to the next level of education, for some the transition is a lot more than what classes to take on next. According to the 2011 numbers by the Adoption and Foster Care … Continue reading »