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.
The way we talk about children in foster care matters.
While it may seem like it's the exact same, Embrace Oregon strives to say "CHILDREN in foster care" rather than "foster child".
The adjective "foster" is not seen as a positive one in the community. Those 6 little letters "f-o-s-t-e-r" often cause people to make assumptions about behaviors, capabilities and even physical appearance. We believe the emphasis should be first and foremost on the CHILD - an innocent child who through no fault of their own was taken into state custody because of a caregiver's unsafe and unhealthy choices.