*** RECENT UPDATES***

Annual Meeting provided us with 2 new volunteers: Mandy Straus as the new VP, and Jyll Smith as our new grant writer - fundraiser.  They will be "officially" voted onto the board soon. 

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2016 Annual Dinner - open to all current, adoptive or guardianship foster parents.  Please see flier for details.

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If you are a current foster, adoptive or guardianship parent residing in Oregon's Marion or Polk Counties, please friend us on Facebook.  You will be asked to provide your certifier or caseworker's name.

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

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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 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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Informational 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 YouTube 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.  

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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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