Paul is the father of five children, and has been the foster father to ten. He has been blessed by the support provided to his family by Foster Parents' Night Out events, and recognizes FPNO as an essential resource to foster parents. He is passionate about equipping faith communities to love and support the children in foster care, and the families that care for them. He is amazed by the impact that FPNO events have on the children and families who are served, as well as the impact they have on those who serve them. Paul earned Master’s degree from Western Seminary, and along with his wife Bethany, graduated from Westmont College. They both serve as Co-Executive Directors for FPNO.
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Norene Owens is a 20 year employee with the Department of Human Services, a mother of four. She is a passionate advocate, rooted in faith, who believes that our society is only going to be healed by neighbors caring for one another. That is what Norene sees in the faces of the children and families blessed by FPNO - a sense of worth, love, and hope. Norene is currently the Program Manager with Child Welfare for the State of Oregon in Clackamas County.
Brandy Steelhammer is the co-founder of Foster Parents’ Night Out. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who spent several years counseling children in foster care. Brandy is immensely grateful that God called her to serve foster families through FPNO. “Spending time with the children at FPNO is one of the most gratifying experiences of my life,” she says. “I’m not sure who has more fun; the children, the volunteers who get to spend an evening playing alongside them, or the parents who get the night off. The relationships we build with the children, the parents and with fellow volunteers are priceless. Communities are strengthened because of these relationships and I am privileged to bear witness to it.