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2017 Legislative Session

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

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:

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2017 Advocacy Convening

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 us on: Saturday, Feb. 4th through Monday, Feb. 6th

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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.

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2016 OFYC Policy Conference!

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!)

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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.

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Youth Advocates at the Table!

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:

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OFYC and Governor Brown!

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!

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

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OFYC member is greeted by Governor Brown.

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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.)

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