Foster Care Month Prompts Donations

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MEDFORD, Ore. — There are more than 8,000 Oregon children in foster care, and nearly 300 of those are in Jackson County.  This month is set aside to honor the people who take them in.

May is National Foster Parent Month.  The Jackson County Foster Parent Association said even if you can’t be a foster parent, there are still ways to help.  You can do so by donating clothing, specifically teen clothing.

“It’s very skimpy… we get most of our donations through Kid to Kid, and so the sizes only go up to like 16… occasionally some maternity… I’m in desperate need of anything for teens,” said Shawna Robley, Jackson County Foster Parent Association member.

Clothing, shoes, and undergarments are all accepted.  Those donations can be dropped off at the Jackson County Department of Human Services  or contact the Jackson County Foster Parent Association.


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  1. Lisa says:

    This is great! How about honoring those family members who take legal guardianship and receive no assistance from the state to help provide for the children. There are those of us out there who do exactly what a foster family does, give the child a home. Unfortunately though the efforts are not recognized and we receive zero help from an agency, service, or program. We need help just the same, if not more since we do not receive any financial assistance in caring for these children, yet we have the same responsibility to them. It is very discouraging to see how broken our system is. If I had left them in foster care they would have received so much more.

  2. Shawna Robley says:

    Lisa please give Penny Esser a call, she will be able to help you out.

    Penny Esser
    Foster and Adoption Recruitment and Retention
    Jackson Branch Child Welfare
    SDA 8
    541 858-3181 x 232


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