Category Archives: Oregon

The latest updates from Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC)

News from FYA founding member Oregon Foster Youth Connection

Christie Renick/ December 24, 2015/ Foster Youth Rights, Oregon

Oregon Foster Youth Connection Youth Leaders Katie Robinson and Nicole Stapp appointed by OR Gov. Kate Brown to State Advisory Committee to improve Child Welfare System. FYA is so glad to see state officials bringing Oregon youth voices to the table! Go here to read the article in the Portland Tribune.

Their Own Voices: Foster Youth Advocate for Policy Change in Oregon, California & Colorado

Christie Renick/ March 3, 2015/ California, FYA, Oregon

    Youth and adult supporters from FYA partner organizations have been busy convening at state capitols where they advocate for policy change to improve the lives of young people in their respective states. FYA supports these groups by providing training and skill-building activities, which help young people better articulate their messages to legislators and create policy agendas.   OREGON

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Oregon Foster Youth Connection Receives Emerging Leader Award

Christie Renick/ November 13, 2013/ Oregon

All of us at FYA would like to congratulate Pamela Butler who was recently recognized as an Emerging Leader by Portland Monthly magazine. As FYA’s first program partner, the Oregon Foster Youth Connection has been highly successful at passing legislation to improve outcomes for foster youth and raising awareness of foster care issues both locally and nationally. Pamela has been a

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Oregon’s “Pilgrimage in a Paragraph”

Christie Renick/ November 1, 2013/ Leaders 4 Change, Oregon

As we take our final descent into San Francisco, the feeling of home didn’t change. The atmosphere is very similar to Portland. The streets have the same feeling, even the people look a bit like Portlandia. Once we began mobbing the streets at night, on Halloween, we began to realize that we were not in Portland anymore. The pace of

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Updates from Oregon

Christie Renick/ October 4, 2013/ Oregon

Foster Youth Rights Bill of Rights (SB 123): OFYC worked hard this past legislative session to pass SB123 – a Foster Youth Bill of Rights! We are so pleased that it passed unanimously! Now, OFYC is working on implementation – adapting the language and writing the rules with DHS – and working on an outreach strategy to get the word

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Oregon Foster Youth Connection Launches Summer Summits

Janet/ June 25, 2013/ Oregon

Members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC) have been planning a series of youth summits across Oregon this summer. The first was held in Grande Ronde with the Confederated Tribes and focused on Native American young people, who are disproportionately represented in foster care in Oregon. The Summit gave youth from the Confederated Tribes and OFYC members a chance

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Congratulations to the Oregon Foster Youth Connection!

Janet/ June 25, 2013/ Oregon

Our heartfelt congratulations go out to all of the dynamic, strong leaders of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC) as the inch their way closer to a huge legislative victory in Oregon. Their bill, SB123, The Foster Care Bill of Rights, passed the Oregon legislature on June 21 and is now on Governor Kitzhaber’s desk who has said he will

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Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day 2013

Janet/ June 25, 2013/ Oregon

Last Tuesday, May 21st, in partnership with Foster Club, Foster Care Alumni of America, and the Congressional Caucus on Foster Care, Foster Youth in Action helped to host and coordinate the second annual Youth Shadow Day on the Hill! This is a day that allows current and former foster youth to spend the day with a member of Congress so

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Updates from Oregon Foster Youth Connection

Christie Renick/ June 6, 2013/ Oregon

After their tremendous success in 2011 passing legislation to provide tuition waivers to foster youth at any public university or community college in Oregon,the Oregon Foster Youth Connection is back at it this year doing the necessary work to pass an Oregon Foster Youth Bill of Rights (SB123). This bill will ensure that youth in care are aware of their

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Oregon Update: Leadership and Policy Conference 2012

Christie Renick/ July 19, 2012/ Oregon

The National Foster Youth Action Network recently completed another successful training with our friends at the awesome, Oregon Foster Youth Connection at their Leadership and Policy Conference.  From July 8 – 11, our trainers, Tonya, Mitch, and Jayette delivered interactive training curricula that helped the 28 Oregon foster youth to identify areas of concern, possible solutions and specific policy recommendations

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