Become a Youth or

Young Adult Member

If you are a current or former foster youth between the ages of 14 and 25, you can apply to become a member of OFYC!

What do our members do?

  • Form recommendations to improve foster care
  • Educate professionals and the public about foster care issues
  • Advocate for policy change in the Oregon Legislature
  • Build community with other current and former foster youth
  • Cultivate leadership and public speaking skills
  • Participate in child welfare advisory meetings
  • Network with state and national organizations working to improve foster care
If you are interested in getting involved with OFYC, but you have questions or would like more information, click here. You can also join our private Facebook group to learn about how you can get involved.


Your gift supports the leadership of current and former foster youth as they build a better future for other foster youth and Oregon’s foster care system.

Please send donations to:
Oregon Foster Youth Connection
c/o Children First for Oregon
PO Box 14914
Portland, OR 97293

Become an Adult Supporter

OFYC is led by youth between the ages of 14 and 25, but volunteers 25 or older play an important role in supporting the work of OFYC. Adult Supporters help out in a variety of ways, from providing transportation to recruiting new members, to helping members think through the creative process in order to accomplish their goals.

Click the button below to request to be an Adult Supporter of OFYC. We will be in touch with more information and an application when a volunteer opportunity arises.

You can also sign up for our email newsletter to receive updates about what our members are up to and how you can help!

Request an OFYC Youth Speaker

When OFYC members share their expertise, leaders listen. Our members are trained to strategically share their experiences in foster care and participate in a wide range of events and speaking engagements, including legislative events, grassroots child welfare movements, and training for foster parents, child welfare workers, CASAs, family law attorneys, and mental health practitioners. If your event or project would benefit from the unique perspective of youth who have lived in care, request an OFYC youth speaker today!


Oregon Foster Youth Connection is a program of Children First for Oregon.

Learn more at

(503) 236-9754



Your gift to OFYC empowers current and former foster youth to improve their own lives and the lives of thousands of kids living in Oregon’s foster care system.