Ten Strategies for Coping with COVID-19

We talked to teachers, parents and other grandparents raising grandchildren starting the day schools were closed. Here some thoughts. No one can do all of these! Pick and choose strategies you find most realistic and useful.

Introducing Ties That Bind

JFRF is confronting issues impacting grandparents raising grandchildren head on with our new initiative, Ties That Bind. This program is our response to the growing issue of kinship caregivers (usually grandparents) who find themselves in the primary role of parent,...

2020-2021 Child Tax Credit

Beginning July 15th, most families with children will automatically receive monthly Child Tax Credit payments of up to $300 per child through the end of 2021. If you did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2020, and did not use the IRS Non-filers tool last year to sign...

NAMI – Virtual Peer Support Group Opportunity

Parent Support Group by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI Multnomah is running a virtual peer-led drop in support group for parents and caregivers of children/adolescents with mental health barriers. It is available on the first and third Wednesdays of...

Resources and Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

We will be updating this post regularly with resources such as webinars, guides, tips, tools and other useful information as you and your families gear up for this unprecedented school year. Some of these events require pre-registration, so be sure to click through. ...

How to “Zoom” without the frustration! A tutorial for you.

Are you missing out on all the “Zooming?” Is Zoom really worth the effort and frustration? Lots of older people say, Yes. But almost everyone agrees, learning how to use Zoom is frustrating and dangerous to one’s blood pressure. Well, here is about the best...

Even in These Trying Days, We Can Learn

Listen to the podcast below. What is happening to our world?  Television or social media bring a daily avalanche of upsetting and darkening news. Adults see it. The children see it. How do we protect our children from suffering long-term damage from this awful year?...

Farm Fresh Food Boxes Available for Free

No forms, applications or questions asked. Just arrive early and pick up one these 20-25 pound boxes of dairy, vegetables and/or pre-cooked meats at one of the sites listed here. As part of a new program to link Families to Farmers, the US Department of Agriculture is...

Free Meals Available to All Children in Portland

Portland School District is providing free Breakfast and Lunches for any child in the community under age 19. Meals are available for pickup between 11 am and 1 pm Monday through Thursday. Meals for the weekend ready for pickup on Thursdays. To view a map of locations...

Update: Help finding food for kids

Now SNAP benefits are even more valuable. In April and May, Oregon households receiving SNAP benefits will receive the maximum amount available for their household size. If your monthly SNAP benefit before the COVID-19 crisis was less than the maximum for your...