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Welcome Lisa McMahon to Children First!

August 25, 2014

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We are thrilled to announce that Lisa McMahon will be joining our team this month as the Oregon Foster Youth Connection Program Director!

Lisa comes to us from Portland State University’s My Life Project, where she organized group mentoring workshops and supported youth living in foster care with their transition goals. She began her career as a high school Special Education teacher in Michigan, teaching English and Biology classes. Since 2003, she has worked in youth development and empowerment, including work supporting a national organization for youth with disabilities to become their own youth-led nonprofit.

“I love to help youth and young adults find their internal spark, decide what they want, and work toward it,” she says. “I am so excited to bring what I have learned to OFYC! I believe this will be an exciting new adventure for all of us.”

This is also a bittersweet announcement for OFYC….

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If poverty were a city in Oregon ....

“David Sarasohn: A bleak picture of child poverty in Oregon”
July 23, 2014
David Sarasohn, The Oregonian

If there were a town named Poverty, mused Tonia Hunt of Children First for Oregon, it would be the largest city in Oregon. Its population would run heavily to children, because a higher percentage of Oregon’s children are poor than other age groups.

It would look familiar to Oregon’s urban residents in another way…


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The 2014 National Data Book is here. Where does Oregon fall in the rankings?

July 22, 2014

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Download the 2014 National Kids Count Data Book

The latest KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the well being of children state by state reveals that when Oregon commits to pro-child policies, it can lead the nation in improving outcomes for Oregonians and strengthening the state. Nowhere is this more evident than…

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Children First partners with United Way to break the cycle of childhood poverty

July 16, 2014

Children First for Oregon is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as one of 30 select organizations to participate in United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s new Community Strengthening collaborative cohort designed to improve outcomes for low-income children and their families, and ultimately break the cycle of childhood poverty in the four-county Metro region.

The collaborative cohort, which is based on the “collective impact” approach, is part of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s new strategic direction to leverage the expertise, resources, and effort of multiple organizations across the region in working together toward one common goal: breaking the cycle of childhood poverty.

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Sen. Merkley talks child care costs, pay at UO roundtable

July 2, 2014

Oregon and the nation must do more to support working women and families through wage reforms and better funding for high-quality child care and preschool programs, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley told members of a roundtable forum at the University of Oregon this week.

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How are kids faring the federal budget?

June 25, 2014

The federal government makes more than 180 distinct investments in children. These include traditional “children’s” initiatives, like education and child abuse and neglect prevention. They also include other investments that improve the lives of kids, like Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps).

Children’s Budget 2014 offers a detailed guide to federal spending on children and an invaluable resource for those seeking to improve the lives of America’s youth.

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Violence at home puts a genetic stamp on kids

“Violence at home puts a genetic stamp on kids and may lead to health problems”
June 18, 2014
Abby Philip, Washington Post

Children First For Oregon

When kids witness a death, suicide or violence close to home, the potential psychological damage is obvious. But could there be genetic or physical consequences as well?

A new Tulane University study suggests that there are; it adds to a growing body of evidence showing that traumatic events can leave a lasting impact on children, both psychologically and physically.

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