We are working with the Portland Native community to recruit Native Foster Parents and helping them through the Department of Human Services certification process and supporting them in their role as foster parents. Foster parents have the opportunity to provide a safe, secure and loving home to a child in need.
Native American people traditionally cared for their children through extended families. It was common for relatives, for “Aunties and Uncles” to care for one another’s children in difficult times. Being a foster parent is another way to carry on this tradition and share these values for out future generations, while supporting our children to maintain their Native culture.
In the Portland area there are significantly more Native American children in foster care than there are Native American foster parents. Many of these children and youth are far away from their tribes and communities and may have lost their connection to their culture. We are working to strengthen these community and cultural connections.