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

Join 35-40 other current or former foster youth from across Oregon for three days of advocacy, activism, leadership and fun!


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Welcome OFYC’s new Program Coordinator

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Kate Rosenstein Houston

Kate is no stranger to facing adversity and learning to persevere. She is a student, life-long learner, and mom of three who grew up in Oregon’s child welfare system. Kate became one of the founding members of OFYC, and later the Co-President. Kate has been a longtime advocate for youth in foster care, ranging from her internship in 2008 with the FosterClub AllStars, to her time as a Youth Partner for Washington County Wraparound Mental Health Services. After her experiences working with Child Welfare, both through Boys and Girls Aid, and later Youth MOVE Oregon, Kate saw a lot of need in the education world, and began supporting students with severe needs in Special Education as a Skills Trainer, through her training and expertise with Collaborative Problem Solving and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports. Kate has worked directly with youth in a variety of settings- as a mentor, as a Peer Delivered Service Provider, and as a Skills Trainer in Special Education. Her experiences in these settings, and her personal experiences in Child Welfare has helped her target her passions and desires to strengthen and build better systems of care for Oregon’s children.

Kate is not only passionate about using her voice to advocate for those who need it, but also passionate about teaching youth to find their own voice, and advocate for themselves. She believes that nothing on earth is more powerful than advocacy for change.

In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking, road trips to the beach, baking goodies with her family, and exploring Portland’s foodie scene.

You can reach out to Kate at Kate@cffo.org, 971-808-3004, or Facebook!

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We’re Hiring!

We are excited to announce that OFYC is ready to interview some great candidates for Program Manager!

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Position Overview: The Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC) Program Manager is responsible for supporting the program’s youth-led advocacy work. OFYC members dream big and their ideas for impacting the Oregon foster care system are amazing. This position will be instrumental in supporting youth success throughout their participation in OFYC. The Program Manager will work with the Program Director to support youth as they continue to develop the program and their ideas for change. This position reports to the OFYC Program Director.

Interviews are now being scheduled.

2018 Policy Conference

Save the Date!

  • Click here or see attachment below for more information.
  • Click here to tell us what what YOU think should change in Oregon’s foster care system!

The Sibling Bill of Rights is HERE!

Please contact your DHS caseworker or your local branch office for a hard copy of your own.

Click below for an electronic versions:

  • Sibling Bill of Rights
  • Sibling Bill of Rights (Spanish) **coming soon
  • Sibling Bill of Rights Tip Sheet
  • Sibling Bill of Rights Tip Sheet (Spanish) **coming soon


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Don’t forget you have the Foster Care Ombudsman for support around ALL your rights!

Call the Youth Empowerment and Safety (Y.E.S.) line at 1-855-840-6036 or email fco.info@state.or.us.

OFYC in DC!

OFYC Members advocate in Washington, DC!

October 20-23rd, four OFYC members travelled to Washington, D.C. to participate in Foster Youth in Action‘s annual “Leaders for Change” conference!

We were joined by youth and young adult leaders from over 20 states to:

  • build our skills as advocates
  • learn about the work of other foster youth groups
  • share our work as a model of foster youth-led advocacy

The theme of this year’s conference was “Standing Tall, Together We’re Stronger” and we focused on included sibling connections, living independently, and foster parent training.

Danno, Brittany, Lisa, Violet, and Timothy after our meeting with Senator Wyden’s Senior Human Services Advisor.

Watch the video below to hear Violet speak at the rally in front of the US Supreme Court on Oct 23rd, 2017!

Foster Youth in Action’s 2017 Leaders for Change group.