Oregon’s children rely on elected officials and voters to make them a top priority in public policy decisions. Children First for Oregon was founded in 1991 to improve the lives of Oregon’s children by galvanizing public support and informing decision makers about what kids need to thrive. Whether it is speaking up for children’s health care, family economic stability, affordable child care or foster children’s rights, Children First has been Oregon’s voice for kids for nearly 25 years.
Data is at the core of what we do at Children First. Every year we release the Status Report on Oregon’s Children and the Oregon County Data Book, expert resources on the well-being of kids in our state. These and other data-driven reports, analysis, and recommendations inform policy makers and build public support for strong children’s policies in our state.
Convincing data isn’t enough to inspire policy change in Salem, however. The collective voice of voters, businesses and leading organizations speaking on behalf of Oregon’s children makes the difference. That is why Children First for Oregon has launched United for Kids to bring together the power of Oregon’s concern for kids into a clear and compelling voice that cannot be dismissed by policy makers or overrun by competing interests.
At Children First for Oregon we know there are no greater advocates than youth and families. We are proud to host Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC), a statewide, youth led, advocacy group of current and former foster youth between 14 – 25 years of age. OFYC is completely youth led, meaning youth members shape every aspect of what OFYC is, how it is structured, which policies to work on, and what activities to participate in. With support from CFFO staff, and training from Foster Youth in Action (FYA), OFYC trains and empowers youth to actively participate in the development of policies, programs, and practices that improve the lives of the thousands of kids in foster care.