***UPDATES***

The MPFPA is now accepting youth requests for the Holiday Wishes Program.  Please click on the English or Spanish forms, and return them to the address listed by November 1, 2014 to have your request guaranteed.  Happy Holidays :)

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Fall 2014 Ike Quest is here.  Please see the attached application for more details.

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Do you have a youth aging out of your home?  Would you like a handy check list to help you prepare the youth for the years to come?  Click here for more details.  This is good for biological and foster youth alike.

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The Salem IS photo group did a photo essay on some of our families.  Please see the corresponding article.  Thank you to our families, and members that participated.

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The MPFPA is now offering some financial assistance to it's paid members.  Please complete the form for financial assistance and for birthday gifts.  Mini-Scholarships are available for graduation expenses, sports fees and equipment, instrument rental, to name a few.  If you have other requests outside of those listed, please fill out the form anyway, and we will get back to you.  Please remember to apply early, as the board only meets monthly to discuss these requests.

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The Foster Care Ombudsman, Darin Mancuso has provided new information regarding the "Foster Children's Bill Of Rights".  Darin and his office has a wealth of information for everyone including foster parents.  If you have questions please call Foster Care Hotline at 1-855-840-6036.  You can also call the Governor's Advocacy Office at 1-800-442-5238, or email at dhs.info@state.or.us.   He will also be speaking at the Shoulder to Shoulder Event in October.

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The Annual Shoulder to Shoulder Event registration opens Tuesday, August 19, 2014.  Click for registration information, and  for scholarship applications.

  • Monday, Oct. 27, 2014  Pre-Conference/ Night Before Event.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014  Shoulder to Shoulder Conference.

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2014 Double Digit Dream Camp flier now available.

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DHS Child Welfare Rules, Policies and Procedures UPDATE...

Effective July 1, 2014

  • I-AB.1, Introduction to CPS Rules
  • I-AB.4, CPS Assessment
  • I-AB.4.1, Day Care Investigations
  • I-AB.4.1.2, Differential Response
  • I-AB.6, Access to Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS) in Local Child Welfare Offices
  • I-B.2.2.3, Department Responsibilities During Screening and Assessment of a Child Abuse or Neglect Report Involving the Home of a Department Certified Foster Parent or Relative Caregiver

Other DHS sites:

http://www.dhs.state.or.us/policy/childwelfare/policy_releases.htm
http://www.dhs.state.or.us/policy/childwelfare/implement/temp_rules.htm
http://www.dhs.state.or.us/policy/childwelfare/cross_index.htm
http://www.dhs.state.or.us/policy/childwelfare/pt/2014/cw_pt_14_007.pdf

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Great training videos in the Love and Logic series.  Also available for purchase at www.loveandlogic.com.

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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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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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Do you have a foster, adoptive, kinship, or guardianship child that is on an IEP, or is permanently disabled?  Have you heard of Camp Attitude?  It is a great program for these 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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Don't forget to get your State Park camping and day use passes.  Please visit the State Parks website.

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New website for IEP information, and resources. 

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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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   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.

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