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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:

Option #1: 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.

Option #2: Have the young adult attend an information session on Wednesday, April 15 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Incite’s office: Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Option #3: Have the young adult attend an information session on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00am – 12:00am at Incite’s office: Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

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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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Join us! Easter Sunday, April 5th for a free community breakfast 8:30 am-9:45 am followed by kids choir and crafts in Sunday school: 10-11am the kids will be making their own set of resurrection eggs to take home and getting Easter treats! Kids church following those activities from 11:15 to 11:45 AM. You are invited to attend any or all of our events for children and adults. We also have an open door policy for parents with children in Sunday school. www.fellowshipsalem.org
4520 Fellowship Way NE Salem 

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 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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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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