Our mission is to enable all children in Oregon to thrive by empowering the community to advocate for kids.

Children First for Oregon was founded in 1991 to improve the lives of Oregon’s children by galvanizing community support and informing decision-makers about what kids need to thrive. We recognize that children are a distinct population with rights and requirements, and we are devoted to raising the profile of children in Oregon and championing community-led, data-driven solutions. By spurring collective action, we seek to make Oregon the best place to be a kid.

Our programs:



Data is at the core of what we do at Children First. Every year we release the Oregon County Data Book, an expert data resource on the well-being of kids in our state. This report and other data-driven analyses provide the information needed to back systemic improvements that will benefit kids.



Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC)

OFYC is a statewide, youth-led advocacy group that trains and empowers current and former foster youth to improve Oregon’s foster care system. OFYC gives youth the opportunity to develop as both individuals and civic leaders while actively participating in the development of policies, programs, and practices that improve the lives of the thousands of kids in foster care in Oregon.



United for Kids

Making Oregon the best place to be a kid requires state legislative policies and shared investments that benefit children’s health, safety, economic security, and education. Through United for Kids, we convene a community of advocates working together to engage policymakers in finding and investing in solutions for kids. United by a shared Children’s Agenda of policy recommendations, our over 100 partner organizations spur communities and leaders to action on behalf of Oregon’s 860,000 children.


Child Abuse Prevention

Through a partnership with Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon (CTFO), we are building a community of providers, parents, and supporters who are committed to ending child abuse in Oregon.