What We Do
The services we are currently providing to our community
The Community Closet is a place where children and youth in foster care and families in need can receive gently used clothing and items such as blankets, car seats, and strollers at no cost. The closet is located at the Riverside Community Outreach office.
Each year, nearly 1,000 children age out of Oregon’s foster care system. Launch Boxes provide a few basic necessities as these young adults transition out on their own for the first time. This is a program in partnership with Every Child Oregon.
Fostering Love Kits
Offers hope and love to a child coming into the foster care system in the form of a duffel bag full of comfort and necessity items tailored to their gender and age. This is a program in partnership with Fostering Love Kits in Columbia County.
Provides basic necessities for children transitioning from their foster home to their birth parents in recovery programs.
A weighted blanket that provides a deep therapeutic heaviness, that has been shown to reduce stress and promote healthy sensory processing, for children in foster care. This is a program in partnership with Columbia County Foster Love.
Basket of Basics
A laundry basket filled with household supplies for parents entering recovery programs on the path to reunifying with their children who have been in foster care.
Windex and Wipes
In 2018, with the support of community partners, a make-over was done of all 5 visitation rooms and the lobby of the local DHS office. These rooms are where children in foster care can spend time with their biological families. Once a month a team cleans and organizes these rooms to keep them fresh and tidy for families to enjoy. This is a program in partnership with Every Child Oregon.
Fostering Coffee House
We host quarterly events where prospective foster parents can talk with current foster parents who offer their perspective on foster care and answer questions. This program is in partnership with Every Child Oregon.
Foster Parent Appreciation
RCO appreciates the difficult road foster parents walk when they love vulnerable children who need them. We partner with DHS to provide annual appreciation events and holiday parties. This program is in partnership with Every Child Oregon.
We provide hospitality to DHS staff to encourage them as they work to ensure safe homes for children in foster care. This program is in partnership with Every Child Oregon.