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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.

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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!

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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


Picture of the Sibling Bill of Rights poster and tip sheet

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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:

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