What We Do
Education & Awareness
We raise awareness of the issues facing foster youth and resource (foster) parents across Oregon while reducing misunderstandings and stigma around foster care.
Outreach & Training
We encourage more people down the path of resource (foster) parenthood and provide them with the support and training they need to meet the needs of their family.
We are building a network of solidarity, tangible resources, and friendship to support foster youth and their families in the ways they need most.
Being a resource (foster) parent can come with unique challenges. Guardian Circle provides all types of guardians with a space to share experiences, resources, and engage in self-care. Check out the Portland Facebook Support Group to view upcoming Zoom hangouts and join our community, even if it's just online!
Animal companionship offers unique psychological benefits and can help foster youth develop healthy bonds and life skills. This program provides financial support and guidance for pet supplies and training.
We are gathering support for the following programs. Visit our Get Involved page to help us make them a reality!
This program will organize skill-building workshops and activities for foster youth such as aquaponic gardening/farming, cooking, financial planning, woodshop, metalshop, tiny home construction, music & arts, and land stewardship.
Child Care & Transportation
Resource (foster) parents often need help balancing their parental and other responsibilities. This program will organize and assist in the costs of transportation, playdates, babysitting, daycare, and other forms of child care.
Love at first bark
This program will match foster youth and their families with rescue animals and assist them with adoption procedures, animal education, food costs, and health-related costs.
One of our more aspirational goals is to purchase a physical space to serve as a community resource and activity center for foster families, as well as a living space for those interested in experiencing communal living with other foster families. In line with our core values of stewardship and education, the designs and features of this space will promote holistic learning and environmentally-friendly practices.