Dawn loves being a mother to Lilly and has truly enjoyed being a step-mother to both of Scott's biological children Ian and Davis. Dawn has also volunteered as a big sister as part of the Big Sister/Brother program, which only enhanced her parenting skills and beliefs.
Dawn and Scott understand the necessity in having experience and education regarding the special needs and concerns of children who have experienced trauma. In addition to Dawn's extensive experience volunteering over the past 10 years, with children/families who have endured trauma; both she and Scott have taken 30 hours of trauma education just this last year through webinars and online courses recommended by child welfare social workers.
In addition, the couple has completed Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), which is a 24-hour program that is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.
Dawn volunteers on her county's Citizen Review Board (CRB), a program within Oregons state court system that reviews the cases of children in foster care. She along with fellow board members, review case details regarding the status and progress of services provided to the family; as well as the appropriate permanency plan for the children. The board's findings and recommendations are filed with the court and sent to all legal parties to the case. In this position, Dawn is required to take continued education and has already logged 20 hours this year so far.
Previously, Dawn volunteered and worked for 7 years, at a domestic shelter where she would provide direct service and support; advocacy, resources and confidential services to women and children seeking safety from domestic violence and abuse.
Dawn has also volunteered at a refugee settlement center for 4 years, where she would work with families seeking safety from their home countries including Kenya, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dawn would be the first person of contact for the arriving families, where she would provide them with trauma-informed support, advocacy and resources to assist them with integrating and acclimating the U.S.
Pendleton is a small rural town, located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Northeastern Oregon. Pendleton has been awarded the title as the best town in Oregon to raise a family. The town is known for its representation of Native American, pioneer and cowboy history. The town has an abundance of cultural activities including the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.
Our home is walking distance to schools, downtown, art centers, an aquatic center, the library, and many beautiful, green parks. The public school's athletic programs are also highly revered.
Our family spends their time at Pendleton home, or at their Bend, Oregon vacation home or at our family cabin in Wallowas, Oregon. Our primary residence in Pendleton, is Scott's childhood home. It has been extensively updated and renovated. It is a two-story, 5 bedroom and 2,946 square feet home with many large windows, providing for beautiful natural lighting.
We know adoption is right for us, we quickly discovered that it feels like the perfect fit. We believe a family can take a million beautiful forms and that building an open and honest bond with our family and child.
We are committed to the ups and downs ahead and know that our experience and resilience will guide us to a positive path forward. We are so excited and ready for what the future holds!