I entered foster care at the age of 16 with my 4 younger brothers that were 6 years old and younger. Our parents had serious drug problems and were very violent to each other and we didn't have a lot of money. We lived in cars, shelters, friends and family's houses. DHS said our house was “un-live-able," which it very much was. It was always dirty, and there was never any food. I became a parent to my brothers naturally, so I was forced to grow up quick.A
The role of a DHS Child Welfare placement desk coordinator is to find a home in which children in foster care are matched with foster families.
Question from Embrace Oregon to DHS placement desk coordinator :
"How would having more foster parents serve vulnerable children better?"
Answer from DHS:
My husband and I were led to foster care after coming back from working at an orphanage overseas and asking the naively simple question, “Where are the most vulnerable children in this country?”
Thirteen years ago that question led us directly to the doors of the state’s child welfare system. We walked through those doors as we became certified foster parents and began our fostering journey before having biological children. Through many twists and turns in the last decade - welcoming biological children, cross country moves, welcoming children in foster care, adopting, doing emergency shelter care for seasons - our family has never looked back.