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Nicole Stapp, OFYC member, shaking Governor Brown's hand.

Nicole Stapp, OFYC member, shaking Governor Brown’s hand.

As foster care alumni and members of Oregon Foster Youth Connection we are grateful that the Governor has requested an External Review of Oregon’s foster care system. 

OFYC appreciates the Governor’s acknowledgment of our unique perspective and recognizing how important it is to have foster youth at the table as participants, not just as observers.

OFYC is proud to represent the voice of children and youth who have experienced foster care in Oregon. We believes this review will make the foster care system better for everyone.

-Katie R & Nicole S

 

To keep up with their work, check out this website:

Watching history happen!

On September 28th, 2015 nine OFYC members were present to watch Governor Kate Brown sign OFYC’s bills into law.

Youth in Oregon will now have more access to savings accounts and extracurricular activities.

Thanks to the OFYC Legislative Action team for all your hard work!

Signing

OFYC members, supportive members of the Oregon Legislature, and supportive lobbyists watch as Governor Brown signs the bills.

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OFYC member is greeted by Governor Brown.

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OFYC member is greeted by the Governor.

HB 2889 – Gives youth in foster care the opportunity to open a savings account in their own name, without a co-signer, starting at age 12.

HB 2890 – Gives youth in foster care the opportunity to participate in at least one ongoing extracurricular activity. (While there is no money to make this happen…  This bill encourages youth, foster parents, case workers, and communities to problem solve any challenges to youth participating.)

2015 Summer Picnic

It was a great day for a Picnic!

Thanks to the help of many adult supports and our friends at LaPorte & Associates, 21 youth were joined by 9 FosterClub AllStars for a fun filled afternoon in July!

We heard from OFYC’s 2015 Legislative Action Team, the Foster Care Ombudsman, and staff from the office of Governor Kate Brown.  It was great to remember work of past members, share the work of current members, while inspiring new youth to become members.

After a short presentation we had lunch, played jenga, had fun with water balloons, made crafts, and a lucky 10 youth won raffle prizes!

A few OFYC Members having fun over lunch talking to the Foster Care Ombudsman.

A few OFYC Members having fun over lunch talking to the Foster Care Ombudsman.

OFYC Member Jon, who planned the event, with the volunteers from LaPorte who were so gracious to sponsor the picnic (including cooking all of the food).

OFYC Member Jon, who planned the event, with the volunteers from LaPorte who were so gracious to sponsor the picnic (they even cooked all of the food!). THANK YOU!!!

Come celebrate, socialize, and learn about OFYC!

Who: Current & former foster youth… YOU!
What: An event held by OFYC to bring all of us together to celebrate the accomplishments made by youth of OFYC. We will have lunch (burgers & chicken) as well as activities that include:

  • Water balloons
  • Bubble making station
  • Grilling workshops
  • And much more!

Where: Cascades Gateway Park (2100 Turner Rd SE, Salem, Oregon 97301 )
When: Thursday, July 23rd @12- 4pm

<<<Click here to Register:>>>

Youth & Young Adults

Supportive Adults

Also check out the Facebook Event.

OFYC Members were successful in passing TWO pieces of Legislation this session!

HB 2889 Enables youth in foster care starting at age 12 years to open a Savings Account in their own name, without a co-signer.

HB2890 Ensures that youth in foster care have the opportunity to participate one ongoing extracurricular activity.

The Legislative Action Committee (Alexis Baska, Joshua Ashbaugh, Cain Stellings, Zachary Miller, and Nathan Schwab) was elected at the 2015 Advocacy Convening and began working shortly after that. They wrote testimony, presented testimony to both Senate & House Committees, met with legislators, answered some tough questions about our bill ideas, and spent a lot of time really understanding all of the possible impact of both bills.

Joshua, Zachary, Alexis, & Cain

Joshua, Zachary, Alexis, & Cain preparing for testimony.

Nathan with Rep Hack on the floor of the House for the final vote on both bills!

Nathan with Rep Hack on the floor of the House for the final vote on both bills!

The 2015 Advocacy Convening was a huge success!

About 25 youth attended the weekend event representing 20 different legislative districts. Members spent the weekend learning about their bills and preparing for Monday meetings at the Capitol. In groups of three, youth attended about 35 meetings with Legislators on Feb 9th. Legislators asked questions, gave suggestions, and offered their support for our bills.

OFYC Members meeting with Senator Chip Shields over their lunch break.

OFYC Members meeting with Senator Chip Shields over their lunch break.

OFYC Members at the Capitol.

OFYC Members at the Capitol.

Registration is now OPEN for the…

2015 Advocacy Convening!

Click here for all the details!

If you’re 14-25 years old and have ever been in foster care, you’re invited!!!

Join 25 other current or former foster youth from across Oregon for three days of advocacy, activism, leadership and fun!

2015 Advocacy Convening: Pathways to Success

2013 Advocacy Convening: Day at the Capitol

2013 Advocacy Convening: Day at the Capitol

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2013 Advocacy Convening: Activity break!

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2013 Advocacy Convening: Team work

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