211info recently hired a new Foster Parent Support Coordinator. We’re excited to welcome Don Sheets to our team!
The 211info Foster Parent Support Line is a dedicated line open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide support for Oregon DHS Foster Parents and their families.
Don Sheets has started at 211info as our Foster Parent Support Coordinator. He is married to Susan Sheets and they will be celebrating their 45th anniversary in April. They have six children (three biological children and two adoptive children) who are all now adults. They also have a former foster son who continues to be a part of their family. This son has asked them to do an adult adoption. He is also grandpa to six grandchildren. After retiring from the United States Air Force as a master sergeant, Don moved to Portland to attend school and earned a MA in Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary (now Multnomah University). It was at college when he and Susan began foster parenting; first as DHS Foster Parents and then they became Therapeutic Foster Parents. Don foster parented for about 22 years and feels comfortable saying over 50 children lived in his home (not at the same time!). Don pastored a church for about three years and then became involved in social services. He worked for a therapeutic foster care agency as a certifier/recruiter/trainer for foster care providers. He then worked as a permanency/adoption worker finding homes for special needs foster children. For the past several years, he has helped co-facilitate several domestic violence groups for men who are on probation or parole. In his spare time he and Susan enjoy visiting the many great wineries in Oregon. Don believes foster parents have a crucial role for the well-being of children and that it is important work to provide support to the providers.