Human Services

OFFICE MOMS & DADS

Caring for Children Entering Foster Care

Vancouver, WA

Mission

Office Moms & Dads, a nonprofit organization, is a community of qualified volunteers partnering with child welfare offices to provide a nurturing environment for children entering foster care. Office Moms & Dads’ 5-year vision is to establish and sustain sites throughout Washington and Idaho where children entering care transition with minimal trauma into their foster care placement.

Ruling Year

2017

Executive Director

Sarah Desjarlais

Main Address

806 Main Street

Vancouver, WA 98660-3129 USA

Keywords

foster care, children, community, early intervention

EIN

32-0476680

 Number

3116234443

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Office Moms & Dads is a community of over 500 qualified volunteers who serve children entering foster care at 21 child welfare offices across Washington and Idaho. Our primary goal is to give children ages 0-12 who have undergone unspeakable trauma a nurturing environment and caring adult while they wait to be placed in a foster home. OMD volunteers not only serve the needs of these children, but also serve the child welfare workers by giving them a helping hand during a very stressful time.

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When we pair caring adults with children who have been removed from their home, we work to minimize the re-traumatization experienced when entering foster care, and trauma is a key indicator in future marginalization as it often leads to mental health issues, substance use, and more. As a community, we have the power to flip the narrative around trauma by providing a kind and gentle adult whose only job is to care for a child in their most vulnerable moment. We are giving their brains a chance to process their pain in a new framework, in a space where they are not just sat aside and asked to be still and quiet while the social worker secures a new home. By providing a few hours of respite to the hard-working social workers, we are easing their burden and contributing to a more positive work environment. Additionally, OMD provides opportunity for the community at-large to get involved in foster care in an accessible way, thereby creating more empathy for all those involved.

Through hard work by an all-volunteer staff and all-volunteer board, we have opened 21 sites throughout Washington and Idaho with goals of adding five more sites in 2019 to serve as many as 720 children. Our founders have years of expertise with Sarah Desjarlais being a foster mom of five and Kim Karu being a social worker for 10 years. Since we began in 2013, we have served more than 1,000 children through 5,000+ volunteer hours. The OMD Board of Directors is comprised of a strategic team of people with diverse skills including: a retired doctor, a high-level educator, a certified public accountant, a prosecuting attorney, and a child welfare supervisor. Through a Murdock grant, we have secured the services of a consulting firm who will handle growth, fundraising development, and capacity over the next year.

OMD has experienced incredible growth in its five years of existence, and it continues to grow organically as more and more communities learn about the program and want to come on board. Our growth strategy for the next 3 years includes five FTE paid staff members who will continue the momentum and sustainability into the future. As we look to the future, we are working to attract volunteers who reflect the communities we serve: volunteers of color, those identifying as LGBTQ, and those who speak second languages. We know when we pair a child with an adult who looks similar to them, the trust and connection is stronger.

It is impossible to track the impact that OMD volunteers have on children entering foster care, but we know that in the absence of a caring adult the risk of re-traumatization for that child is greatly increased. The stress level of social worker is also greater, causing higher employee turnover and even more disruption to the child. Moreover, recent ACES studies have shown the neurological impact when children who have undergone trauma are placed in the care of a trustworthy adult. As to the effectiveness within the communities where OMD exists, there is greater awareness and engagement, as well as more families becoming full-fledged foster parents.

The work we’ve accomplished in five years is extraordinary. Through hard work by an all-volunteer staff and all-volunteer board, we have opened 21 sites throughout Washington and Idaho with goals of adding several more sites in 2019 to serve as many as 720 children. Since we began in 2013, we have served more than 1,000 children through 5,000+ volunteer hours. OMD is poised to hire a paid Executive Director whose focus over the next 1-5 years would be to expand into 15 additional Child Welfare offices in Washington (focusing on Eastern and Northern parts of WA) as well as building sustainability for the model through increased exposure, fundraising, and innovative funding models. OMD recently received a grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust to build a sustainable fundraising strategy, and the work of the Executive Director would be to expand upon that momentum starting July 1, 2019.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No