CORVALLIS, Ore. - A new program that connects foster children to families officially launched in Benton County Wednesday morning.
The Every Child program was designed to create community awareness for the needs of children in foster care. The goal of the program is to make sure every child has a home.
Currently, there are 373 children in foster care in Benton County, but there a only 143 certified foster homes. Members of Every Child said there are great resources in the community and people are taking action. With the new program, they are trying to bring the community together to work alongside the Department of Human Services to support and recruit additional families.
"It's really just about helping our community and our vulnerable children and families," said Tyan Hayes, the co-director of Every Child Linn-Benton.
Hayes said if you can't foster a child, you can still help out with transportation and temporary care.
The Every Child Program in Linn County will launch January 18.