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,...

NEW! Save $360 on Internet Service!

If you have a child in your home, you probably qualify for a $30/month benefit from the Federal government to help pay for internet. For example, if your youngster is enrolled at any Portland Public School, you qualify. It’s a two-step process. First, apply at...

Holiday Break Resources for Home

Yikes, Here Comes the Holiday Break. The lights, the trees, the smell of cookies hot from the oven! But let’s be real. As much as you might treasure holiday traditions, if you are caring for young school-age children, having them home for two weeks is going to have...

Who can consent to a child’s vaccine?

In Oregon, any child 15 and older can self-consent to receive the Covid vaccine. For younger children, it’s more complicated. The basic legal principle is that regardless of where the child lives, parents must agree on medical care. This principle applies to children...

Family Caregiver Conference Workshops Begin November 2nd!

Washington County is in its 18th year of holding a conference dedicated to family and friend caregivers. Held every year in November, this event aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for caregivers to come together to connect with one another, learn new skills...

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?...