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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">As many of you know, there is a foster care crisis in Oregon. One of the primary problems is a decline in the number of foster care providers which is resulting in children spending the night with Department
 of Human Services (DHS) staff in hotels and occasionally in their offices. <o:p>
</o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">What can libraries do to help?<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol;color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Add a “<a href="http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/FOSTERCARE/Pages/become-fosterparent.aspx">Become a foster care provider</a>” link on your website and/or short-cut on the home screen of your public
 access computers. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol;color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Email Billy Cordero (</span><a href="mailto:Billy.CORDERO@dhsoha.state.or.us">Billy.CORDERO@dhsoha.state.or.us</a>)<span style="color:#1F497D"> to order foster parent recruitment materials to display
 and/or distribute in your library—be sure to talk with your coworkers first so only one person per library is contacting Billy to place an order.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:"Courier New";color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">  
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">11 x 17 posters<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:"Courier New";color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">  
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">5  x 11 flyers<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:"Courier New";color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">  
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">3  x 11 double sided informational cards<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol;color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Start a conversation with staff at
<a href="https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/Offices/Pages/Child-Welfare.aspx">your local DHS Child Welfare office</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">What should you know? There are three types of foster care providers, all are needed!<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo4"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol;color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D"><a href="http://www.embraceoregon.org/join/foster-care/respite-care">Respite care</a> providers do babysitting and occasional overnights for foster children living in another foster home because long-term
 foster care providers can’t just hire a babysitter like other parents. Everyone who cares for foster children must go through a background check!
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo4"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol;color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D"><a href="http://www.embraceoregon.org/join/foster-care/shelter-care">Shelter care</a> providers offer a safe place for children who are in immediate crisis and placements are typically for a few days,
 but may last longer.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D"><a href="http://www.embraceoregon.org/join/foster-care">Long-term care</a> provider care for foster children as long as needed until they can be reunified with their family or adopted.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">Want to learn more? <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Visit DHS’ <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/FOSTERCARE/Pages/index.aspx">
Foster Care website</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo2"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol;color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Visit the <a href="http://www.embraceoregon.org/about">
Embrace Oregon</a> website, it is an intermediary non-profit organization that helps recruit and support foster parents in partnership with DHS<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoListParagraph" style="text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo2"><![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:Symbol;color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore"><span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">        
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Read/listen/watch these news stories about the current foster care crisis<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Fox12: <a href="http://www.kptv.com/story/32713348/crisis-in-oregon-foster-care-system-forcing-children-in-motels-and-offices-instead-of-homes">
‘Crisis’ in Oregon foster care system forcing children in motels and offices instead of homes</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:"Courier New";color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">  
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">OPB: <a href="http://www.opb.org/news/article/temporary-housing-for-foster-kids-in-crisis/">
With Foster Care System ‘Crisis,’ Oregon Puts Kids In Hotel Rooms</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:"Courier New";color:#1F497D"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">o<span style="font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"">  
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="color:#1F497D">Statesman Journal: <a href="http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2016/06/05/dhs-director-lack-foster-homes-crisis/85460954/">
DHS Director: Lack of foster homes a ‘crisis’</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">Thanks,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D">Katie <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:black">Katie Anderson, MLS, Youth Services Consultant
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