Voices from Foster Care
Westside Christian High School student Laura Leong
approached ORPARC in her efforts to create a documentary video on foster care
and adoption for her senior project. Hear firsthand the heartfelt words and
stories that she has so beautifully captured and arranged in “Voices from Foster
Care”. Thank you Laura for bringing awareness and inspiration to this
Certificate Program receives 2013 Adoption Excellence Award
Portland State University's Postgraduate Training Certificate in Therapy with Adoptive & Foster Families received the Adoption Excellence Award from the Children's Bureau for the year 2013. This program is a creative collaborative effort between Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center, Portland State University’s School of Education/Continuing Education, Child Welfare Partnership, and School of Social Work; and the Oregon Department of Human Services.
The Program’s objectives include increasing accessible, affordable, adoption and foster-competent mental health support for children and families and reducing the risk of adoptive or foster family dissolution or disruption. It trains therapists to engage proactively and sensitively in therapeutic work that embraces empathic listening; maintains a non-blaming approach; and seeks an empathetic understanding of children.
The University publishes a Directory of individuals who successfully complete the Program. Over the past ten years since the Program began, over 500 students have been trained.
The Therapy with Adoptive & Foster Families Program has a proven record of innovation and has had a positive impact and significantly benefited children and families in Oregon and in the greater Northwest region of the United States.
Visit the Children's Bureau website to see full details of the Adoption Excellence Award for the year 2013 or previous years.
ORPARC and Oregon honored by Digital Story Project, highlighting adoptive families and staff
The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) was able to create 10
digital stories over a period of three days during the last weekend in
April 2012. The digital stories were
made in collaboration with Voice for Adoption (VFA) and the Oregon Post
Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC). This collection represents the voices of
foster and adoptive parents, as well as the perspectives of postadoption
The digital stories of eight Oregon adoptive parents, Cliff, Joan, Kendra W., Laura, Laurel, Mellissa H., Melissa S., and Rhonda are now featured. Through these stories, we are better able to understand the joys and struggles of adoptive families. We learn the importance of well‐being, and the services and supports necessary to sustain families.
View the digital stories below:
awarded 2011 Drenda Lakin Memorial Award
We are delighted to announce
that Voice for Adoption (VFA) selected the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center
(ORPARC) as the recipient of the 2011
Drenda Lakin Memorial Award for Continuing Service to Adoptive Families. VFA is a special needs adoption advocacy organization based in Washington D.C.
Thank you to the many parents and community partners who have expressed their
appreciation of ORPARC services over the years!
This award honors an
individual, state, or nonprofit organization, whose programs provide valuable
adoptive family support after adoptions are finalized. In 2006, the VFA board
of directors created this award to honor the memory of Drenda Lakin, one of
VFA's founding board members, and an inspirational and dedicated advocate for
In 2011, ORPARC celebrated our 12th anniversary, offering post-adoption
services to approximately 9,000 state adoptive and assisted guardianship
families parenting 12,000 children! We are honored to be able to serve you.
awarded 2006 Adoption Excellence Award
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed 13 awards for individuals
and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to increasing
the number of children in foster care who are adopted.
Adoption Excellence Awards are given annually to honor individuals, families,
local agencies, private organizations, courts, businesses and states.
Awards were presented on November 28, 2006 at a special ceremony in Arlington,
Virginia. ORPARC was awarded the Adoption Excellence Award in recognition
of support for adoptive families; Astrid Dabbeni, ORPARC Family Support
Specialist, accepted the award on behalf of ORPARC.
In 2005, the total number of adoptions with public agency involvement was estimated at just below 51,500, up from about 50,700 in 2004 nationwide.
There were currently 513,000 children in the foster care system, and of
these about 114,000 were waiting to be adopted. In Oregon there were approximately
8,000 families who adopted through the child welfare system parenting
approximately 9,500 children under the age of 18. ORPARC is proud to serve these families.