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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.

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OFYC Members are part of a Historic moment!

OFYC members were invited to meet with the Governor on May 17th, 2017. They were excited to discuss OFYC’s other priorities and ask the Governor about hers.

Governor Brown then took time to highlight the needs of Oregon’s foster youth and:

  • Sign OFYC’s HB 2216 into law (creating a Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights)
  • Sign HB  2344 into law (improving services fro youth aging out of care)
  • Proclaim May to be “Foster Care Awareness Month”

 

OFYC member, DeAnna, spoke passionately about the need for this bill:

OFYC Members meeting with Governor Brown

OFYC Member, DeAnna Baker, speaking at the bill signing ceremony.

OFYC Members watching as Governor Brown signs HB 2216 (Oregon Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights) into LAW!

Youth voices were heard by the Oregon Legislature!

Next stop… Governor Brown

HB 2216 Oregon Foster Sibling Bill of Rights

2/9/17: Public Hearing in the House Human Services Committee
3/16/17: House floor vote… Passed unanimously
4/19/17: Public Hearing in the Senate Human Services Committee
5/2/17: Senate floor vote… Passed unanimously

Thank you to everyone who has been helpful along the way…

Two OFYC Legislative Committee Members testifying in front of the Senate Human Services Committee.

Three OFYC Legislative Committee Members with our Chief Sponsor, Rep Piluso.

2017 Legislative Session

With the help of some amazing Legislators OFYC members are bringing HB 2216 to the Oregon Legislature for the 2017 Session.

OFYC Members at the Capitol Feb 6, 2017.

OFYC Members at the Capitol Feb 6, 2017.

 

HB 2216 Requires Department of Human Services to adopt rules to establish Oregon Foster Children’s Sibling Bill of Rights.

Chief Sponsors: Representative Piluso, Senator Gelser, Representative McLain
Regular Sponsors: Representative Hack, Representative Keny-Guyer, Representative Nosse, Representative Sanchez, Representative Smith Warner, Representative Sollman, Representative Stark

Check out these stories to learn more:

OFYC Advocacy Convening

Help take steps to get a “Sibling Bill of Rights” passed for foster youth in Oregon!

Thirty-six youth have been accepted to join us on: Saturday, Feb. 4th through Monday, Feb. 6th

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.

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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!)