***UPDATES***

*******THIS JUST IN***** We have our Annual Summer Picnic coming on August 22nd.  For more details please see the attached flier.

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Teen Reach Adventure camp (T.R.A.C.) for boys and girls ages 12-15 is coming up in July. Please see attached registration form if you are interested. Please remember this needs to be done soon, because it will require signatures from the caseworkers.

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Do you have teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16-26?? Are they employed? Would you like to assist them in the employment process? There is a job fair June 9, 2015 in Independence (Polk County), and another on June 10, 2015 at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. (Marion County). Please check out the attached fliers. There will be employers hiring at the fair, so be INTERVIEW ready, with resume's in hand.

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OAASIS (Oregon Abuse Advocates & Survivors in Service) is hosting a "Male Survivor Conference".  The conference will offer 2 workshops and an evening event for male survivors, their loved ones, professionals and advocates working with the male survivor population.  For more information please see the conference fliers.

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Summertime is just around the corner, and Regal Cinemas have just posted their $1 Tuesday and Wednesday movie listings.  Please visit the Regal Cinemas website

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The Annual Shoulder to Shoulder Conference has published their dates.  Please visit http://www.stsconference.com/ for more details.

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Do you have a youth between the ages of 16-26?  Here are some employment resources for you:

Have the young adult apply online at: https://www3.i-trac.org/OnlineApplication/R3CareerAchievementOnlineApplication.aspx. After submitting basic information, someone from theNet team will contact them with a  phone call.

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Here is an available scholarship for your graduating senior.  This is time sensitive, so check it out right away!

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Are you asked by your child for math help, and find yourself needing just as much help??  Try PurpleMath.com

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Be sure to friend the MPFPA on facebook and watch out for our monthly contests..... Starting soon. :)

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The Spring session of Ike Quest is starting soon. 

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Keep your kids safe on the internet with these new sites:

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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 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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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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