With the Grants Pass Balloon & Kite Festival, we want to bring residents and visitors together for a spectacular day of fun and community building. But our ultimate goal is to support kids and families at risk throughout the Grants Pass community.
Proceeds from the event will support three incredible organizations that work tirelessly to improve the lives of local children who are abused, neglected or in un-ideal situations, and in need of a foster home, host home, or advocacy. We know that every child is one caring adult away from enjoying a productive and successful life. And we want to help make sure that every child has access to that adult.
Every Child works to solve Oregon’s foster care crisis by connecting individuals and families with vulnerable children who need support to thrive. Working in partnership with Oregon’s Department of Human Services, they recruit caring community members through marketing, education, public/private initiatives and one-on-one connections with the goal of creating safe, nurturing places where children can flourish.
Safe Families for Children is a non-profit volunteer movement that was developed to give hope and support to families in distress and keep children safe and out of foster care. Started in Chicago in 2003, it now has branches in 70 cities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and several other countries. Devoted volunteers provide extended-family-like supports for desperate families including everything from hosting children for short periods of time; mentoring families who suffer from unemployment, financial crisis or homelessness; providing transportation, babysitting and meals; trained coaching; spiritual support and donations of clothing and furniture.
CASA of Josephine County, founded in 1986, is a non-profit organization responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA volunteers donate their time to act as independent eyes and ears of the court and speak solely for the best interest of children and youth in the custody of DHS. In 2015, there were 840 founded cases of abuse and neglect in Josephine County. In an overburdened system, these children risk slipping through the cracks and suffering from further abuse. CASA volunteers have the power to prevent this tragic reality.
“Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult.”
– Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University