“We desire to reunite families and see the parents regain custody of their children and to invest into each parents life as if they were and are a part of our own family.”
Jason & Tara Hood, FOUNDERS
We have been married for 27 years and have three adult children. Our two oldest children are both married, We have two sweet grand-babies and our youngest child works full-time and attends college in the evenings. We will soon have our fourth child. We are in the final stages of adopting a little boy who is almost two. We have been fostering him since he got out of the hospital when he was three days old. He was considered abandoned since his mom birthed him under a bridge in Portland Oregon and there is no family that is willing to take care of him. So, technically our twenty one year old is no longer the youngest.
We have been fostering children since 2011 and our “methods” have been greatly affected by the grace shown to us by others.... believing that God is a God of judgment, and His favorite judgment is grace. While fostering the children, we found ourselves challenged by the words of Psalms 68:5-6, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing." We desire to reunite families and see the parents regain custody of their children and to invest into each parents life as if they were and are a part of our own family. We mentor in many ways, but most of all we love the parents and children when they need it most. Although these children have been returned to their parents, the ongoing effort to mentor and love continues.
“I’ve seen a lot of broken families in the past 15 years. I’ve also seen a lot of families reunite and find healing.”
I have worked in the social services field for over 15 years ensuring children are safe from abuse and neglect. My wife, Suzy, and I have two amazing children. I have greatly enjoyed watching them grow and teaching them how to show love and kindness to others. I’ve known Jason and Tara since long before becoming a parent myself. I know how much they love and care for others. They aren’t perfect parents, no one is, but they model the kind of compassionate and genuine love for children that is so needed in the world today. I’ve seen a lot of broken families in the past 15 years. I’ve also seen a lot of families reunite and find healing. In each case where healing is found there has always been someone like Jason and Tara who have been there to encourage a parent along the way; helping to hold them accountable and lift them up when they stumble. When I heard about Hannah Grace I was glad to get involved. This ministry has the power to truly change lives.
“My parents were foster parents for most of my childhood and I've seen up close the trauma it has caused not only to the children, but also with the parents.”
LaRae Eagles, TREASURER
I was born and raised in Oregon and have worked in accounts receivable field for over 20 years. My husband and I have two amazing children, an incredible daughter in- law, and an adorable grandbaby. My parents were foster parents for most of my childhood and I've seen up close the trauma it has caused not only to the children, but also with the parents. I support this ministry because of Jason and Tara's commitment and the passion they have to see families reunited and restored.
“There are many families out here broken and alone without a support system. I want to be a part of the restoration that families need to become whole again.”
I am the Assistant Coordinator for Early Childhood Programs for Oregon City School District. I wanted to be a part of the vision for Hannah Grace after seeing first hand the need for love and restoration for families in my community. My husband Joel and I have 5 children of our own. I can't imagine raising them up successfully without the support that we give each other and the support of our families. There are many families out here broken and alone without a support system. I want to be a part of the restoration that families need to become whole again.
“The Hannah Grace methodology offers a safe, loving climate for progressive, personal growth; resulting in healthier families.”
Penny Allen Hood, SECRETARY
University of Washington - BA Psychology with Biology Minor
Western Governor's University - M Ed. Applied Technology
18 years Secondary Science and Health Educator
4 years Nonprofit Support with Shared Hope International, Called to Rescue, AWARE, Not Abandoned, Washington Engage, The Giving Closet.
Currently Executive Administrative Assistant for a large Aeronautics Corporation site
I have known Jason and Tara Hood for 17 years as acquaintances. I was with them when they took their first mother and child into their home. I believe in their style of parenting, and see the yield in their three grown children's lives. My passion is to assist the underprivileged with skills and guidance toward self-efficacy. Hannah Grace's mission is to intervene in families to keep, or get children out of the over-burdened Foster System. I share the Hood's vision of establishing a multiple-residence setting where the bonds of generational poverty or traumatic experiences are gently broken and replaced with empowerment to discover and develop self-fulfillment. The Hannah Grace methodology offers a safe, loving climate for progressive, personal growth; resulting in healthier families. My background allows me to offer skills in tutoring, computer literacy, life skills, and relational guidance.
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