Part 1: Q&A

By: Debbie Feehs

A Family For Every Child is an organization in Oregon that is focused on helping foster care children throughout Washington and Oregon find permanent homes. Gina Jensen is the vice president of the board at AFFEC.

1. How long have you been working with A Family for Every Child?

I have been working with AFFEC for about 5 years now.

2. How did you get started working with them?

My husband and I were interested in adopting children. I thought it would be helpful to get involved with an organization to understand how the process worked. Also wanted to give back something to the community at the same time.

3. What is your involvement/what does being the vice president include?

My Family has owned restaurants my whole life so my experience lies in food and beverage. I usually try to help and/or oversee this area for our events and fundraising events. I try to raise money. I am in charge of our Christmas tree for foster children. As the VP I am required to attend board meetings and to help support the organization any way I can

4. What do you like and dislike about being on the board?

I love going over the progress/accomplishments we have made in the meetings. I also like talking about future goals etc. I can’t think of anything that I don’t like about being on the board

5. Do you have any future goals for A Family for Every Child?

I personally would like to start a program at AFFEC where parent(s) can safely surrender their children before it is too late, for example before they abuse them, murder them (we all have read recently about this in the paper), or neglect them. I would like to see a parent(s) be able to come to us and with the right legal process, counseling process be able to allow us to find a family to adopt their unwanted children so they do not get stuck in the foster system.

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