What is OFYC?
We are a statewide, youth led advocacy group of current and former foster between the ages of 14 and 25. Members shape every aspect of what OFYC is, how it is structured, which policies we work on, and what activities we participate in. With support and training from Foster Youth in Action (FYA) and OFYC staff, members are empowered and given the tools they need to actively participate in the development of policies, programs, and practices that improve the lives of thousands of youth in Oregon’s foster care system.
Who can be a member?
If you are a current or former foster youth between the ages of 14 and 25, you can apply to be a member! Maybe you were adopted or are now in a guardianship, you are welcome too! All you have to do is fill out the application here. We can provide assistance if you need support in filling out the application.
I want to connect youth to OFYC. What should I do?
If you know current and/or former foster youth and would like to connect them to OFYC, help youth fill out our “More Information” form. You can also sign up to receive emails about opportunities for youth to participate…and help them get to an activity.
What do OFYC members do?
Members take action and make change in lots of different ways. From our unique perspective as youth who have experienced foster care, we participate in child welfare advisory meetings, provide education on foster care issues, and advocate for policy change in the Oregon Legislature. We build community with foster youth from all walks of life while learning how to communicate effectively, problem-solve, and work on a team to achieve our goals.
Do I have to be a member to get involved?
Nope. If you are a current or former foster youth, you can join our Facebook group or sign up to receive emails about the different things we are doing. Jump in when you have time and something sounds interesting!
What is the OFYC Advisory Committee?
Our OFYC Advisory Committee is a group of youth, young adults, and supportive adults who work together to make decisions about the OFYC program and its future. In partnership with our staff and members, the Advisory Committee ensures we follow the vision and mission of OFYC, guides the strategic visioning for OFYC’s future, and helps to prioritize program activities and efforts.