WHAT WE’RE UP TO
Click the links below to read more about what OFYC members are up to. You can also read shorter summaries of some of the ways our members have taken action in our quarterly update email, OFYC in Action.
OFYC member Maddy L. travelled to Washington, D.C. in October to participate in a special opportunity. Here’s what she said about her experience: What was the opportunity? Maddy: American Institute for Research (AIR), the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs...read more
Salem, Oregon — A group of current and former foster youth from across the state are meeting with lawmakers today to lobby for child welfare reform. Their priority is to expand Oregon’s Independent Living Program (ILP), which prepares foster youth for their transition...read more
Are you a current or former foster youth 14-25 years old? Do you want to learn how to advocate for policy change in the Oregon Legislature? Want to be at the table to improve foster care? Come to our Advocacy Convening! Connect with 35-40 current and former foster...read more
OFYC is excited to announce our 2019 Legislative Concept: Fully fund the Independent Living Program (ILP). With sufficient funding, the Independent Living Program will be able to meet the needs of transitional foster youth who are eligible for services,...read more
Amidst the Salem water crisis and hot summer nights towards the end of July, 35 of Oregon’s young leaders in Child Welfare advocacy gathered at Willamette University to problem- solve challenges within the foster care system at the 2018 Policy Conference....read more
35 current and former foster youth from across the state participated in the 2018 OFYC Policy Conference to build community with other foster youth and develop solutions for Oregon's foster care system. On July 24th, many of them presented the following...read more
Salem, Oregon — Current and former foster youth have presented policy recommendations for improving foster care to an audience of lawmakers, Oregon Department of Human Service administrators, service providers and community members. Developed by youth at the Oregon...read more
In July, 35 current and former foster youth from across the state gathered in Salem for the bi-annual OFYC Policy Conference. Youth in attendance shared personal stories, participated in workshops and trainings, and took part in fun activities. They also...read more
Every few months, OFYC members help to train new caseworkers and trainers who work in local DHS branches across the state. All new DHS caseworkers are required to attend this training and OFYC youth participate in panel discussions based on their experiences in foster...read more
Since the end of 2017, OFYC members have been meeting regularly with Marilyn Jones, the Child Welfare Director at the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). At their most recent meeting, members discussed how DHS can better support families in situations where it...read more
Oregon Foster Youth Connection is a program of Children First for Oregon.
Learn more at www.cffo.org
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