Michelle and Tom Moore love their kids - all 50 of them.
The Crescent City couple has been foster parents for the past 12 years for children ages newborn to 17. In the past 10 years, some have stayed with the Moores for just a few hours, others for a few years.
"Once our kids, always our kids," is their motto. Three are their own and four are adopted.
The Moores do more than just provide a safe haven. They strive to maintain positive and healthy relationships with the biological parents. Michelle also serves as a mentor for newer foster parents in Del Norte County.
"Foster parenting is a great way to give back to our community by providing a warm, loving and caring home to a child," said Daphane Williams, a licensed evaluator for the Adult and Family Services Social Service Branch of the Department of Health and Human Services. "Your positive impact on the child's life can be felt throughout their lives and yours, when you decide to open your door and heart to a child in need."
She said that DHHS provides all the assistance one needs to become a foster parent. If it's something you've considered, why not give her a call and get the facts? She can be reached at 464-3191 ext. 2704.
Foster parent orientations are held the first Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. at 880 Northcrest Drive.
A chance to eat fresh
Love fresh produce? Here's a convenient way to always have it on hand while helping to support our local farmers.
Every year Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick offers "Weekly Harvest Boxes" full of fresh pickings from its garden. There are three pick-up locations to choose from: Tuesdays in Fort Dick, Wednesdays in Brookings, and Fridays in Crescent City.
The 20-week program starts in mid-June, but the time to sign up is limited, from now through May only. The cost is based on a sliding scale of $450-$550. To offset the price, oftentimes two or more people will share the cost and the goodies.
Another option to get fresh veggies is through Ocean Air Farms' "Membership Market." The minimum buy-in cost is $200 and allows you a $220 credit when you shop at any one of its farmers markets: Saturdays at the fairgrounds and Wednesdays at both the downtown farmers market and at the Chetco Grange in Brookings. This offers you the benefit of choosing exactly which veggies you want, whereas the harvest boxes are items they choose for you.
To get a sign-up form, call Paul at 707-616-1632 or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child abuse prevention
Registration is open through April 28 for the first Del Norte Child Abuse Prevention Roundtable to be held May 2 at the Del Norte County Office of Education in the Redwood Room.
This is a free event open to service providers, leaders and community members who have an interest in child abuse prevention and wish to learn more about current research and resources available within Del Norte County.
Local speakers from several agencies will give presentations from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be provided from noon to 12:30 p.m. by the Del Norte Child Abuse Prevention Council.
After lunch an optional training will be offered from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to the first 25 registrants who are interested. The program is "Darkness to Light," regarding child sexual abuse
Individual or group registration can be made by calling Vicki Baldwin at 464-8313 or e-mail
I'm signing off
As you may already know, I'm moving to Honolulu with my publisher/editor/husband, Richard, so this is my final Around Del Norte column.
But community news lives on, and so, for now, does my e-mail address email@example.com. Use it to send in your information for inclusion in future editions.
I'll never forget my six-plus years in Del Norte, and we may well return someday. Until then, mahalo and aloha!