New Policy Ideas!

Thirty-one current and former foster youth from across the state participated in Oregon Foster Youth Connection’s 2016 Policy Conference. On July 19th many of them presented their 2016 OFYC Recommendations to an audience of lawmakers, administrators, and service providers.


Here are 20 of the OFYC members who presented our new recommendations.

Many have been asking “What’s next?!” OFYC has a tried and true method for developing and advocating for policy chance. Over the next 5 months, OFYC members and staff will work together to vet the policy recommendations to determine which are most viable and most important to youth in foster care right now. Then, they’ll begin having conversations with legislators and other public leaders to learn what the best option would be for moving forward. Does a law need to be passed? Does a Department policy need to change? Or is  the recommendation really connected to a training issue? These are all questions that will be asked between now and February 2017, when OFYC hosts its 2017 Advocacy Convening and takes one or two of their policy issues to the capitol.

OFYC Policy Conference

When: July 16-19th

Where: Willamette University, Salem

What: Join youth from across the state to share your ideas for improving foster care in Oregon!

(more details here!)

Youth Voice

Youth Voice is Essential for Change

As Oregon moves forward in addressing the concerns around safety in the state’s foster care system OFYC members are ready to help!

Click to see a Facebook Video clip of a Senate Hearing where Senator Dembrow highlights the need for youth to be part of the solution.

Click to see a News Article about HB 4080 which would establish the Governor’s Child Foster Care Advisory Commission. This Commission will continue the work started by the External Advisory Committee.

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!


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


OFYC member is greeted by Governor Brown.


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.