***UPDATES***

The DHS office in Marion County has a monthly support group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month.  For more information, please call Erma Brundidge at 503.378.4784.  You can also visit the training website.

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Attached is a flier on Girls with Substance Use.  You can also sign up for more online courses at their website.  Talk with your certifier for potential training hours for your recertification.

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Free Spring Break Food Program.  Please see the attached English and Spanish fliers.

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The clothing closet has moved.......  When you go into the foster parent enterance, there is a closet in the hallway.  The infant clothing is in there.  The rest of the sizes are in the room next to the bathroom.   Look for the clothing closet signs.

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New Ike Quest Spring session starts, for ages 14-18.  Please see flier for details.

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Is this the year you stop smoking, or try and get your youth to realize the dangers??  Here are some links to assist in your mission.  The EPA has resources, as well as the Quit Smoking Community

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Do you have a foster or adoptive child that is on an IEP, or is disabled?  Have you heard of Camp Attitude?  It is a great program for the disabled kids in your home.  If you'd like more information please visit website at the link above, or email them.  Registration is now open, on a first come first served basis.

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The National Resource Center on Adoption (NRCA) needs your help.  They are reaching out to state Foster and Adoptive Parent Associations to see if you would like to support a national effort to collect and share adoption stories from the child welfare system from across the country. We began this to help celebrate Adoption Month and would like your support in continuing these efforts. If you would like to submit your stories please go to the NRCA website and follow the instructions.

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Don't forget to get your State Park camping and day use passes.  Please visit the State Parks website.

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Did you know that PAID MEMBERS can request a birthday gift for the foster or adoptive child in there home??

If you weren't able to become a paid member at the holidays, you can still do this.  Just mail the application and check or money order to the address on the form.

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New website for IEP information, and resources. 

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New Double Digit Dream Flier available.  Please use contact information on the flier.

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   Formal Dresses are available.  The formal Winter and Spring dances are coming soon.  If you have a high-school aged girl that needs a dress to attend her ball, the MPFPA has a formals closet.  There are long dresses, short dresses, A-line dresses, and dresses of all sizes.  There are about 60+ dresses so far.  All dresses are given on a first come, first served basis.  For more information, or to make an appointment please call Mary Carlsen at 503-588-7490.

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We have 2 new Clothing Closet Coordinators, and their army of helpers working in the DHS Clothing Closet!!  If you can't find what you need in the closet, please contact Shannon Mowry at spakd@aol.com or Mary Carlsen at 503-588-7490.  Also, please remember that the Clothing Closet is run by volunteers :)  Feel free to contact them to help out.  If you see them in the closet, take a minute to introduce yourselves.

                                                  
     Mary                     Shannon 

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   ShoeU.net makes new athletic shoes available for $40.00 or less. Local location in Salem near DHS office for pick-ups, helps avoid paying for shipping and handling.  Local address is, 4270 25th Ave NE, Salem, OR  97301.