Support Foster Youth & SB 123!
What is SB 123?
Senate Bill 123, drafted by OFYC with input from over 100 foster youth, will create a Foster Youth Bill of Rights and ensure that every child and youth in foster care gets a copy. It will also create a position at the Governor’s Advocacy Office for a Foster Care Ombudsmen — someone focused entirely on the challenges of children involved in the foster care system.
Why do we need a Foster Youth Bill of Rights?
“It’s important for youth to know that if they file a complaint, they will not be harmed physically or verbally. It is Oregon’s job as our parent to make sure we are treated with fairness.” – Cain Stellings, OFYC Legislative Action Committee Representative
OFYC and it’s members couldn’t agree more with Cain, this is why we are asking the state to guarantee that every foster child know they are entitled to things like proper nutrition, clothes that fit, and a relationship with their siblings; and that they have somewhere to turn if they are denied mail, restricted from making calls to their lawyer, or forced to take multiple psychotropic drugs. Currently there is no uniform system for making sure foster children have this information and there is no clear procedure at the state for addressing reports of violations. This leaves too many of Oregon’s 13,000 foster youth vulnerable to abuse or in homes that are not meeting their basic needs.
How close is SB 123 to becoming a law?
How can you help make a Foster Youth Bill of Rights a reality?
We could not be more proud of Cain, Royce and Patrick for testifying and sharing their stories with the members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee!
Now it’s your turn to speak up for Oregon’s foster youth! Write to your legislator in support of Senate Bill 123, the work of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection, and the brave efforts of our youth members.