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,...

How the Opioid Crisis is Changing the American Family

People magazine introduces us to five different families from around the country who couldn’t look the other way when they saw their grandchild(ren) in need of a stable home. The reasons vary from both parents deceased because of a drug overdose to a parent struggling...

Do You Have a Child who Loves the Outdoors?

For 20 years, AWL has focused on breaking down the barriers that prevent Oregonians from taking part in outdoor recreation. Adventures Without Limits in Forest Grove, Oregon welcomes all kids regardless of their ability level, gender, ethnicity, age or special needs....

25 Ways to Ask, “How was your day?”

Just about every child will have a one word answer to “How was school?” If you’d like to hear more, ask about something the child cares about.   1. Who did you play with at recess? 2. Did you learn any new words? 3. What are you reading? 4. Do you...

Plan Now for Summer Camp

Yes, it really may be possible. You may be able to help your grandchild or children experience the wonderfully enriching experience of going to summer camp. We’ve researched 15 programs in Oregon that offer scholarships or reduced tuition. Plus, we’ll show you where...

One good thing came out of the budget showdown

Grandfamilies and other kinship caregivers in Oregon will eventually benefit from legislation included in the Federal budget agreement signed in Washington earlier this month. Tucked into the massive spending bill is The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), a...