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'Just not enough homes': Oregon faces shortage of foster parents

According to a 2018 audit, there are more than 11,000 children in Oregon's foster care system.

Brittany Falkers

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Published: 12:37 PM PDT October 15, 2019
Updated: 5:08 AM PDT October 17, 2019

Jeanne and Chris Modderman have a growing family. What started as a Mother’s Day wish about five years ago led to adoption.

“He asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day and I said, ‘I think we should be a foster family’ and it just sort of went from there,” Jeanne said.

The Oregon couple and their two sons have opened the doors of their North Portland home to foster children for the past five years.

They fostered sisters, 2-year-old Emaline and 3-year-old Luciana, since the girls were just months old. In September, they took the next step.

They adopted the two toddlers, adding to their family, that already includes two sons, Zyler and JT, both adopted at birth.

“They are amazing, and we are so lucky to have them as part of our lives,” Jeanne said.

While the growing family is eager to bring the girls into their forever family, Jeanne says she knows that this adoption takes two more beds away from other kids in the foster care system who need a loving home.

With only so many bedrooms in their home, they will no longer be able to adopt other children in Oregon who need a safe place to land.