Adoption and Foster Care
As a faith community we take seriously God’s instruction to love and care for the needs of children. We believe that every chance to serve a child is a divine opportunity to draw near to the heart of God. Our mission is to provide leadership that represents the various ways believers can get involved in the lives of vulnerable children and families. As a result we aim to grow the number of fostering and adoptive parents at WCC as well as provide teams of support and encouragement that will positively increase retention amongst those choosing to foster and/or adopt.
What We Do
As a church Willamette has committed to growing leadership in 4 keys areas in support of local families choosing to foster and/or adopt children.
Whether it be local or global adoption, Kerri Dawson, our Adoption Lead is available to help families navigate the complexities of adoption. Her team of adoptive parents seeks to provide support and encouragement for those seeking to adopt children. Our partnership with Life Song allows generous givers at WCC to participate in helping fund adoptions.
If you are seeking to understand and/or enter into the world of Foster Parenting, Elizabeth Sale our Foster Care Lead is available to help you learn the governmental system that regulates foster parenting in Oregon. In addition, Aimee Eckley, our Department of Human Services/Embrace Oregon Lead maintains a close relationship with our local DHS office as well as the leadership for Embrace Oregon. Aimee can help you learn more and find ways to get involved serving our local Clackamas County DHS office.
Finally, Mary Coleman has developed a strategy for caring for and supporting families who choose to foster and/or adopt children. Her role as the Wrap Around Care Lead integrates those willing to give up their time and energy to serve these courageous families.
Listen to a message by pastor Joel Dombrow called “Orphan Life.”
News and Events
June 1st: At 2:00pm there will be an informational meeting with Dan Minne, DHS Oregon City branch manager, for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent. This is a unique opportunity to talk directly to a DHS staff member regarding foster and respite care.
Not able to be a foster parent? Get trained and jump on board … Continue Reading