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Inside Central Oregon

Every Child Central Oregon Director Melissa Williams was a recent guest on Inside Central Oregon, a weekly public affairs program from Horizon Broadcasting Group. "We fill the gap between the community and the foster care space here in Central Oregon. So, we have easy onramps for people to get involved, to learn more about foster…
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Annual Report 2020

We’re thrilled to bring you Every Child Central Oregon’s (ECCO) first ever Annual Report. It goes to show that while we’re still a relatively new nonprofit, we are ever improving, such as now sharing news in a more structured, responsive manner. Download 2020 Annual Report (PDF)  
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Child Welfare Advocates Continue to Worry

Central Oregon has 182 foster homes, but 108 of those families are related to the child. The remaining 74 homes are open for general need. “If we could get to even just 100 general foster homes in 2021 I think that would be a major win for us,” Williams said. “It wouldn’t solve all problems…
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First Annual Spooktacular Drive-in Movie Fundraiser

First Annual Spooktacular Drive-in Movie Fundraiser   October 29  Every Child Central Oregon to host Fang-tastic Halloween Fun: ‘Casper’ movie, costume contest, and raffle baskets benefit local foster children and families.  REDMOND, Ore., Oct. 20, 2020 — Looking for some safe yet scary good Halloween fun? Ghosts, goblins, and ghoulies of all ages are invited to the…
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Improving Oregon’s Foster Care Together

"Oregonians care deeply about justice and improving outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families. Poet E.E. Cummings wrote, "Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question." When we think about the well-being of our communities, instead of just asking big questions of elected and appointed officials, perhaps the beautiful question to ask…
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Foster Parents’ Night Out, an official initiative of Every Child

For the past six years, Foster Parents' Night Out has worked closely with the Portland-based affiliate of Every Child Oregon, Embrace Oregon. The monthly four-hour respite event—known widely as “FPNO”—began in Salem in 2006, and has now grown to 19 sites across Oregon. In many counties across Oregon, Every Child and FPNO shared volunteers, served…
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Q and A with Oregon’s Director of Child Welfare

"We need to be accountable for everything that we do as an organization. And I think that that’s one of the fun things that I bring to this business. Not only was I a foster parent and an adoptive parent, I worked in the private sector for many years. And so being able to look…
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