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.
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.