If you’re 14-25 years old and have ever been in foster care, you’re invited!!! Join 35-40 other current or former foster youth from across Oregon for three days of advocacy, activism, leadership and fun!

Where: Willamette University, Salem
When: Saturday, July 21st – Tuesday, July 24th


Click Here to Apply


The OFYC Policy Conference is a 4-day, 3-night conference where you will have a chance to create legislative solutions that will help all children and youth in foster care in Oregon!

  • We’ll talk about problems that that YOU see within the system
  • We’ll think through solutions to those problems
  • We’ll present our solutions and recommendations for policy change with a room full of adults! (DHS Administration, Legislators, CASAs, Attorneys, and other people connected to Child Welfare)

But the conference isn’t all about work! You’ll make friends and participate in fun evening activities!

Here is an idea of what your time at the convening will look like:

Day 1 (Saturday):

  •  Registration
  •  Welcome
  •  Evening Activities

Day 2 (Sunday):

  • AM Session
  • PM Session
  • Evening Activities

Day 3 (Monday):

  • AM Session
  • PM Session
  • Evening Activities

Day 4 (Tuesday):

  • Policy Luncheon: Presentations to adults who can make Policy & Legislative change!

“Sessions” will be things like: Identifying the problems, brainstorming solutions, learning about current policies, preparing your presentation.

Let us know how we could support you to attend. We support youth with gender neutral bathrooms, a counselor, a nurse, transportation, safety planning, accessible materials, etc.


You can apply by downloading the documents below:


Foster Parents & Caseworkers

This 4-day, 3-night gathering focuses on teamwork, critical thinking, public speaking, and leadership development, building a sense of community, having fun and making history! Through daily workshops and activities, youth will work together and learn how to use their experiences to direct policy change. On the final day of the conference they will get the chance to share their recommendations with legislators and other adults interested in Child Welfare at our Luncheon.


Important Documents (will be loaded soon!):

  • This link goes to the 2018 Pack List, Be sure to use it! Packing List!
  • This link will take you to a copy of OFYC’s Expectations of youth who attend our conferences: 2018 Conference Expectations
  • This link is to a letter you can give to your teachers or school to try to get credit for attending the conference or to get an excused absence: School Letter
  • This flier was created to help explain what the 2018 Policy Conference is to Foster Parents, you may want to show this to yours if they have questions before letting you apply: Information for FosterParent


If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lisa McMahon, OFYC Program Director at 503-236-9754 or by emailing Lisa@cffo.org