By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Wednesday night, Sisters Movie House hosted a free showing of the 2018 film “Instant Family” — a movie about a couple who stumbles into the world of foster care.
The event was organized by a group of foster care organizations, including the Oregon Department of Human Services, Every Child Central Oregon and GOBHI FosterCare.
Central Oregon has always had a need for foster parents, but leaders say the need has grown more urgent in the past few years.
“We just by the numbers right now don’t have enough,” Melissa Williams, Director of Every Child Central Oregon, said. “We average about 270 kids in care at any given time and we run about 160 foster homes in central Oregon, so there’s not enough to run that demand. We have kids coming in and out every single day.”
The groups are experimenting with new ways to spread the word to the community. This is the first time they’ve held a movie showing.
Those interested in foster care parenting or volunteering can find more information online at Oregon.gov or EveryChildOregon.org.