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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: .. Children First For Oregon.. We get results for kids.. Home.. About Us.. Issues.. Get Involved.. Donate Now.. Publications.. Newsroom.. Progress Report.. County Data Book.. Policy Briefs.. Oregon Newsfeed.. Latest News.. A letter from Oregon Foster Youth Connection Member, Royce.. Hello,.. You may not know me, but I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you.. My name is Royce and you have made a difference for me and for the 13,000 other youth in Oregon foster care.. Keep Reading / Comment.. The 2013 legislative session is over.. How did children and families fare?.. July 8, 2013.. The 2013 legislative session drew to a close this afternoon, wrapping up an intense budget negotiation defined by gridlock over revenue and PERS reform.. By failing to reach a compromise on revenue increases, legislators were unable to strengthen the strained human services budget, impacting programs for low-income children and their families.. Although the final budget allowed for small reinvestments in child care, low-income assistance, and child welfare, several vital programs will remain underfunded in the coming year.. As a result, thousands of families who need assistance will not be able to access services.. Here’s a summary of how our policy priorities fared this session:.. Legislators OK hiring 113 child welfare workers at DHS.. June 29, 2013.. Anna Staver and Peter Wong, The Statesman Journal.. Oregon legislators on Friday approved hiring 113 child welfare workers, an effort they said is needed to help prevent abuses such as those that recently came to light.. “What is going on there is a direct result of a lack of funding,” said Sen.. Alan Bates, D-Medford.. “There were such huge caseloads that there was no way in the world they could follow what  ...   Children s Bill of Rights.. The legislation ensures that foster children can file complaints, be notified about court hearings and reviews and get transportation to them.. The bill also guarantees that they receive information about establishing a bank account, acquiring a driver s license and other rights.. Take Action to protect SNAP.. Funding for supplemental nutrition assistance—a vital support for low-income families and children—is on the chopping block.. This week the House of Representatives will debate the Farm Bill, which includes nearly $21 billion in catastrophic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), causing millions of low-income children and families struggling with hunger to see their food assistance cut, or to lose their benefits entirely—a loss of 8 billion meals.. We must take action.. We cannot let this happen.. Who is Children First?.. Founded in 1991, Children First is Oregon’s most respected non-profit, non-partisan child advocacy organization committed to improving the lives of Oregon’s vulnerable children and families.. Read More.. Get Started.. Donate Today.. Join Women For Change.. Get In The Loop.. Oregon Foster Youth Connection.. Check out the.. , a program of Children First for Oregon.. Follow Us On Facebook!.. County Data Sheets.. Find out how kids are doing in your community.. 2012 Children’s Champion Sponsors.. See all of our supporters.. Children First is a proud member of the following organizations.. National Status of Kids.. You can access all of the Kids Count Data online here.. Children First for Oregon | P.. O.. Box 14914, Portland, OR 97293 | ph (503) 236-9754 | fax (503) 236-3048.. HOME.. Contact Us.. Staff.. Powered by ExpressionEngine.. Site by NetRaising.. Site last updated on 08/08/2013 at 07:25 AM.. 2000 2013 Children First For Oregon..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Mission.. Staff.. Board.. Casey Foundation.. Voices.. Coalitions.. Supporters.. Work for Us.. Contact Us.. CFFO Mission.. The mission of Children First for Oregon is to make long-term, systemic change by advocating for policies and programs that keep children healthy and safe, and strengthen families, learn more about us here.. Meet the  ...   the Board.. The Annie E.. Casey Foundation.. Learn about the history and mission of the AECF.. Voices for America's Children.. A national network of child advocates.. Coalitions.. Dedicated organizations working to improve the lives of Oregonians.. Supporters.. Thank you to all of our supporters.. Employment & Volunteer Opportunities.. Work for CFFO..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Child Health.. Reduce Abuse.. Foster Kids.. Affordable Child Care.. Eliminate Poverty.. Outside Resources.. Improving Child Health Coverage and Access.. Making health care available for every child.. Reducing Child Abuse and Neglect.. Keeping kids safe.. Improving the Lives of Foster Children.. Giving foster children the supports they need to succeed.. Making Child Care Affordable.. A safe, clean place for kids and a stronger economy for Oregon.. Lifting Families out of Poverty.. Making families and our state more secure.. Outside Resources.. Other organizations working on complimentary issues..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Women's Network.. Voice for Children.. Sign-Up.. Donate.. Volunteer.. Share Your Story.. Read Stories.. Join the Women for Change Network.. Get together with other committed women to improve the lives of kids.. Become a Voice for Children.. Send a letter to your lawmaker(s).. Sign-up for our e-Newsletter..  ...   a Donation.. Help support CFFO’s work.. Volunteer Opportunities.. Volunteer for CFFO.. Tell Us Your Story.. Stories help put a personal face on the lives affected by the policy decisions Children First advocates for.. Read Other's Stories.. Read stories about how programs we advocate for help real families..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Oregon County Data Book.. Progress Reports.. Policy Briefs.. Fact Sheets.. National KIDS COUNT Data Book.. Oregon County Data Book.. Detailed county-by-county statistics tracking the well-being of kids.. Progress Reports.. An annual snapshot on the well-being of Oregon’s children.. Short, issue specific discussions of policy challenges and solutions.. Fact Sheets.. Fact Sheets on specific Issue Areas or Legislative Priorities.. National KIDS COUNT Data Book.. State-by-state comparisons of the well-being of America’s children..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Oregon Newsfeed.. Policy Updates.. Press Releases.. Latest news stories about kids and CFFO.. Policy Updates.. News regarding policy developments.. Press Releases.. Most recent news releases involving CFFO..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: 2012 Progress Report.. In more than twenty years of advocating for lasting, systemic improvements for children and families, our policy wins have forged new opportunities for children in foster care and have made it possible for thousands of kids to finally access a doctor’s care.. Our annual Progress Report contains the following indicators of the status of children in Oregon:.. Child Health.. Insured children - Percentage of children ages 0-18 estimated to have health insurance; Pended Health Insurance Applications - Percentage of Oregon Health Plan applications that are awaiting approval because they are considered incomplete; Well-Child Exams - Percentage of 8th-grade students who reported not having had a medical or physical exam in the last 12 months; Immunizations - Percentage of two-year-olds who are up-to-date on their 4:3:1:3 immunization series; Access to School-Based Health Centers - Percentage of students who have access to a certified school-based health center in their school; Low-Income Children Getting Dental Care - Percent of Medicaid-enrolled children getting dental care;.. Child Welfare.. Foster Care - Number of children who spent at least one day in substitute care during a year; Foster Care Placement Stability - Average percentage of children in foster care with two or fewer placement settings in a year; Domestic Violence - Percentage of confirmed abuse/neglect/threat of harm victims where domestic violence was cited as a family stress factor; Substance Abuse - Percentage of confirmed abuse/neglect/threat of harm victims where  ...   Disproportionality - Percentage of children in out-of-home placement by race compared to overall percentage of the under-18 population by race;.. Family Stability.. Free or Reduced Lunch - Percentage of eligible children who are eating free or reduced-price school lunches; Food Insecurity - Percentage of households that report reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet or uncertainty about having enough food for all household members; Hunger - Percentage of households that report multiple instances of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake as defined by skipping meals, reducing portions, or going without food for whole days; Childhood Poverty - Percentage of children estimated to live in families with incomes at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); Homeless Students - Number of children in school without a decent, safe, stable, and permanent place to live;.. Download The 2012 Progress Report.. 2011 Progress Report.. Download The 2011 Progress Report.. 2010 Progress Report.. Download The 2010 Progress Report.. 2009 Progress Report.. Download The 2009 Progress Report.. 2008 Report Card.. Download The 2008 Report Card.. 2007 Report Card.. Download The 2007 Report Card.. 2006 Report Card.. Download The 2006 Report Card.. 2005 Report Card.. Download The 2005 Report Card.. 2004 Report Card.. Download The 2004 Report Card.. 2003 Report Card.. Download The 2003 Report Card.. 2002 Report Card.. Download The 2002 Report Card.. 2001 Report Card.. Download The 2001 Report Card.. 2000 Report Card.. Download The 2000 Report Card..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Full County Data Books are available below.. Or, get the latest county level information by visiting our.. county data sheets download page.. If you would like to search through this data online you can access the data indicators at the.. Kids Count Data Center.. 2012 County Data Book.. At Children First for Oregon, we have been producing our annual County Data Book for nearly two decades.. Our data book contains the following metrics for each county as well as the state as a whole:.. Percentage of students that have a School-Based Health Center in their school; Number of newborns who were low birthweight; Immunizations; Infant Mortality (per 1,000 live births); Obesity; Teen Pregnancy (per 1,000 girls ages 15-17); Uninsured Children.. Number of reports of child abuse/neglect were made in this area, percentage of these reports which were assessed, percentage of assessed reports which were founded; Number of children which have been in foster care at least once in the past year; Percentage of founded abuse/neglect/threat of harm referrals which were related to domestic violence and percentage which were related to substance abuse; Percentage of children experiencing their first out-of-home placement which were living with relatives; Number of youth aged out of foster care; Abuse and Neglect Victims (per 1,000 ages  ...   lunches which were served to children during the summer; Childhood Poverty (ages 0-17); Child Support Payments; Unemployment; Early Care and Education; 3rd Grade Math Proficiency; 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency; Child Care Supply (slots per 100 ages 0-13); Early Prenatal Care; Head Start / Oregon PreKindergarten; Youth Development and Education; 8th Grade Math Proficiency; 8th Grade Reading Proficiency; High School Dropout; Homeless Students; Juvenile Arrests (per 1,000 under age 18); Cohort Graduation Rate;.. Download The 2012 County Data Book.. 2011 County Data Book.. Download The 2011 County Data Book.. 2010 County Data Book.. Download The 2010 County Data Book.. 2009 County Data Book.. Download The 2009 County Data Book.. 2009 Essay and Policy Recommendations.. Download The 2009 Essay and Policy Recommendations.. 2008 County Data Book.. Download The 2008 County Data Book.. 2007 County Data Book.. Download The 2007 County Data Book.. 2006 County Data Book.. Download The 2006 County Data Book.. 2005 County Data Book.. Download The 2005 County Data Book.. 2004 County Data Book.. Download The 2004 County Data Book.. 2003 County Data Book.. Download The 2003 County Data Book.. 2002 County Data Book.. Download The 2002 County Data Book.. 2001 County Data Book.. Download The 2001 County Data Book.. 2000 County Data Book.. Download The 2000 County Data Book..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Lessons from Healthy Kids for a Viable Health Insurance Marketplace.. This brief explores the successful efforts of Healthy Kids outreach and marketing and how this proven model can support early enrollment efforts for Cover Oregon.. Download The Lessons from Healthy Kids for a Viable Health Insurance Marketplace.. Child Care: Good for Kids, Good for Business.. Attention to policies that drive quality and increase access to early learning opportunities should be part of the discussion in building a world-class education system and investing in Oregon s future workforce.. Research increasingly shows the importance of the early years on a child s development and future success.. Employers also benefit when employees have reliable child care: employers experience less absenteeism and increased retention and productivity.. Prior to 2010, all eligible families could access this assistance.. By expanding Employment Related Day Care and extending child care tax credits, Oregon can help ensure that children, families, and businesses thrive.. More and more families rely on child care to maintain employment and financial stability.. In addition, Oregon should expand eligibility to 250% FPL, which more accurately reflects a family s ability to afford child care costs.. Download The Child Care: Good for Kids, Good for Business.. What Colleges Can Do to Support Students from Foster Care.. Young adults who age out of foster care are one of the most underrepresented populations in higher education, which is a trend the tuition waiver may, in time, reverse.. With increased enrollment of students from foster care, however, colleges will need to review their financial aid, housing, and other support services to reflect the unique needs of this growing student population.. This is of particular importance for students from foster care because the many temporary homes these youth often grow up in may prevent them  ...   of eligible children insured.. Using Social Security Administration data on citizenship and income information provided through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and “The Work Number” (a private automated service that verifies employment and income), active searches for information can reduce the number of pended applications and the amount of additional information requested from applicants.. Download The Getting All Eligible Kids Insured.. Reducing Abuse in Foster Care.. The Department of Human Services (DHS) has conducted Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) reviews and convened an advocate dominated Foster Care Safety Team to evaluate Oregon s ability to identify and adequately address reports of abuse or neglect in state certified homes.. Recent CIRT reports for child injuries and fatalities in foster care reveal that hotline calls DHS received regarding abuse allegations were often closed at screening , meaning DHS call screeners did not feel the claim rose to the level of abuse.. DHS is currently developing a new data system, OR-Kids, that should rectify this problem; however, Children First feels strongly that abuse allegations of foster care providers should be tracked immediately.. Download The Reducing Abuse in Foster Care.. Time to Care for Oregon Families.. Download The Time to Care for Oregon Families.. Affordable Child Care in Oregon.. Download The Affordable Child Care in Oregon.. Keep it Simple: Cover More Eligible Kids and Keep them Covered.. Download The Keep it Simple: Cover More Eligible Kids and Keep them Covered.. SCHIP Funding Reauthorization.. Download The SCHIP Funding Reauthorization.. Strategies for Improving the Child Welfare System.. Download The Strategies for Improving the Child Welfare System.. Strategies for Fighting Child Poverty in Oregon.. Download The Strategies for Fighting Child Poverty in Oregon.. Strategies for Improving Children’s Access to Health Care.. Download The Strategies for Improving Children’s Access to Health Care..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: Oregon News Feed.. State wants all foster youths to know about tuition waiver.. State wants all foster youths to know about tuition waiver:.. Newly enacted legislation is meant to offset the lack of parental support.. July 13, 2012.. Lauren Dake, The Bulletin.. SALEM — Until recently, Haley Wahnetah could not picture a happy future for herself.. The best-case scenario, the 18-year-old thought, was landing a job at a fast-food restaurant.. But now, the Madras resident and mother of a 2-year-old son is enrolled at Mount Hood Community College and envisions a different life.. “I graduated from high school.. I registered for college.. And I feel like my life is better now than it’s ever been in the past 18 years,” she said.. Wahnetah grew up in foster homes, bouncing among more than five homes while her mother battled addiction.. When she was growing up, nobody talked to her about college.. She didn’t see herself becoming a drug and alcohol counselor, as she does now.. Read More / Comments.. School District’s Achievement Compacts will Include Absenteeism.. March 22, 2012.. Amanda Waldroupe, The Lund Report.. Children’s advocates hope that more school-based health services will occur once more is learned about why students miss school.. March 22, 2012—After intense lobbying and attending countless Oregon Education Investment Board meetings and subcommittee meetings, the Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition got what it wanted: inclusion of absenteeism in the achievement compacts between school districts and the state, which could lead to more information about students’ health problems.. Achievement compacts are agreements between Oregon’s 197 school districts and the state that are expected to determine whether schools are marching toward the goal of having 100 percent of high school students graduate by 2025.. The agreements, and the creation of the Education Investment Board, were part of a major overhaul that Governor Kitzhaber and the Legislature made to the public education system in the legislative session that just ended.. Children First s Pamela Butler Discusses Jeanette Maples in the Statesman Journal.. Jeanette Maples death is important lesson for us all.. Mar.. 19, 2012.. Pamela Butler, Children First for Oregon.. The Statesman Journal.. For some of us, Jeanette Maples’ death will never be forgotten.. Advocates who work tirelessly to reduce child abuse and neglect are reminded in our daily work of what happens to vulnerable children when the community—and the system created to protect them—fails them.. In order to prevent a similar tragedy, the state legislature and Department of Human Services must not view her story as an isolated case, but one that is emblematic of a continual, urgent issue that deserves adequate resources and attention.. Maples’ story clearly highlighted shortcomings in DHS policies and practices—from abuse allegations that are closed with no investigation to the criteria caseworkers use to assess a child’s vulnerability.. While the department has taken steps to address these failures in the wake of Maples’ death, it must continue to use its Quality Assurance Tool to review allegations of abuse that haven’t been investigated—because we know that so often these calls are the smoke before the fire.. Some Serious Glitches in Oregon s $40 Million Child Welfare Computer.. Oregon s $40 million child welfare computer upgrade has glitches, some serious.. Tuesday, March 20, 2012.. Michelle Cole, OregonLive.. com.. SALEM.. Oregon child welfare managers have not had access to statewide performance data showing how quickly local offices are responding to abuse reports and other information.. Foster parents have waited for payments.. And caseworkers say they are spending time putting information into a computer that should be spent with families.. Statewide limit on day care subsidies may affect local parents.. Sunday, March 11, 2012.. Carisa Cegavske, The News-Review.. Some families on the waiting list will now receive subsidies.. Many more will not, however.. There are 3,000 families on the waiting list, which is growing by 100 families a week, said Regan Gray, a lobbyist with Children First for Oregon.. Children First lobbied the Legislature to tap federal grants already awarded the state to raise the cap back to 10,000.. About $10 million of the $16.. 6 million in federal child care and developments funds will remain unspent under the budget adopted by the Legislature, according to Children First.. After the state imposed the 10,000-family cap, fewer working parents sought child care and some day cares closed, said Anna Aasen, project specialist at Family Connections in Roseburg, a state-funded child care referral agency.. She said she believes both may have been largely caused by cuts in subsidies.. Another Children First lobbyist, Stacy Michaelson, said 2,000 child care providers statewide closed between December 2010 and December 2011.. Read the Original Article.. Pamela Butler Guest Column: Cutbacks hamper agency’s ability to prevent abuse cases.. GUEST VIEWPOINT: Cutbacks hamper agency’s ability to prevent abuse cases.. Saturday, March 10, 2012.. The Register-Guard.. Jeanette Maples’ death never will be forgotten.. Advocates who work tirelessly to reduce child abuse and neglect are reminded in our daily work of what happens to vulnerable children when the community fails them.. To prevent a similar tragedy, the state Legislature and the Oregon Department of Human Services must not view her story as an isolated case, but one that is emblematic of a continual, urgent issue that deserves adequate resources and attention.. Jeanette’s story clearly highlighted shortcomings in DHS policies and practices, from abuse allegations that are closed with no investigation to the criteria caseworkers use to assess a child’s vulnerability.. While the department has taken steps to address these failures in the wake of Jeanette’s death, it must continue to use its Quality Assurance Tool to review allegations of abuse that haven’t been investigated — because we know that these calls are often the smoke before the fire.. Report: Oregon Kids Living in Poor Areas Have Tripled.. Friday, February 23, 2012.. KTVZ.. com News Sources.. SALEM, Ore.. An estimated 42,000 children in Oregon are living in areas where at least 30 percent of their neighbors are poor, which affects them negatively in a variety of ways, according to a report released Thursday.. The number of Oregon children growing up in areas of concentrated poverty has tripled since 2000, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot report from the Annie E.. Even being one of the more stable families in an impoverished neighborhood still holds a family back, says Laura Speer, the Casey Foundation s associate director for policy reform.. It really gets at this double-jeopardy in terms of these children who are living in high-poverty communities that there actually is an effect that the communities have, regardless of their own family s income, she said.. Children living in areas of concentrated poverty have harmful stress levels, the report says, and are more likely to have behavioral and emotional problems and trouble in school.. Stacy Michaelson, a Children First for  ...   providers’ earnings aren’t keeping pace with the cost of living.. But considering what parents of young children in Eastern Oregon are likely to earn in a year’s time, child care still takes a big bite out of a budget.. Annual income of a minimum wage worker is about $17,000.. “I would say most young parents are on fairly low incomes, and it’s a struggle to pay for care,” Johnson said.. She added that parents of infants and toddlers have an extra burden, because child care providers tend to charge more for kids under two.. Struggling parents look for financial help from the state, but there isn’t a lot available.. Johnson said the number of programs aimed at helping with child care costs is small.. The one people look to most is the Employment Related Day Care Program run by the Department of Human Resources.. But budget shortfalls the last couple of years have forced cuts to the program.. As a cost-saver, the state decided to cap the number of participants at 9,000.. The result is that many do without help, even though they meet the program’s income guidelines.. “The cap means that many people who are eligible can’t get on it,” Johnson said.. Johnson said that in Union County, there are about 130 licensed providers registered with her office, ranging from professional care center operators to people who routinely care for one or two children and grandparents who care for young family members and charge little or nothing.. The number of registered care providers in Union County stays about the same year-to-year.. Then, too, any number of people in the community aren’t registered but help friends or family members with child care.. The situation is the same in Wallowa County.. So people with children make the best arrangements they can.. Every working parent hopes for high quality child care, placing children in care centers or pre-schools, but costs for those kind of arrangements are often too high.. “Paying for care is a huge challenge.. There aren’t many funding options,” Johnson said.. More than one-quarter of people younger than 18 struggle to get by.. Friday, September 23, 2011.. Saerom Yoo, The.. Statesman Journal.. Salem, OR - Poverty has been a painful reality for many more people since the recession, but according to the 2010 American Community Survey results released Thursday, children are among its greatest victims.. In Marion County, 27 percent of children under age 18 live below the poverty level.. In Polk County, 29.. 3 percent of children live in poverty.. Families of children younger than 5 headed by single mothers are struggling the most, according to the survey, with more than half of such families in Marion County living in poverty.. For all Marion County families with children younger than 5, the poverty rate rose from 15.. 5 percent in 2009 to 27.. 4 percent in 2010.. For married couple families with children younger than 5, the poverty rate rose from 3.. 3 percent to 15.. 2 percent.. Regan Gray, policy director for Children First for Oregon, said growing up in stressful situations will have lasting impact on children.. We know that children that live in poverty usually suffer from circumstances that brings, she said.. They ll have lower educational attainment, school achievement, behavioral and emotional well-being and physical health issues.. Read the original article here.. National Child Poverty Rate Hits Record High.. Tuesday, September 13, 2011.. KBND.. BEND, Ore.. 46 million people in America are living in poverty; that’s one in 6.. These findings from the last census mark a 27 year high.. 15% of Americans are living below the poverty line.. Reagan Gray with Children First for Oregon, a non-partisan child advocacy group, says Oregon is especially hard hit.. “And a report came out a month ago that found Oregon has the highest rate of childhood hunger in the nation and that s on top of this report about a record high national level of poverty.. We need to be thinking about what can we do to mitigate the effects of poverty.. How can we keep families whole.. ” The National Child Poverty Rate has hit a record high of 22%, a level not seen since 1994.. The government defines the poverty line as income of $22,000 a year for a family of four and $11,000 for an individual.. DHS Facing Drastic Child Care Cuts.. Thursday, June 9, 2011.. Susan Gager, KOHD 9.. LANE COUNTY, Ore.. The Department of Human Services is facing significant cuts, in some programs up to 75 percent.. For one single mother, it could mean losing her children to child welfare.. The legislature slashed a Lane County jobs program s annual budget from $5.. 2 million to $1.. 4 million.. Part of the program provided child care to assist parents attending mental health and drug treatment programs.. However, DHS alerted parents that child care is on the chopping block.. It s really hard and I think we all know the price of utilities, housing, and the needs children have when they re enrolled in school.. Clothing, and it s not enough when you pencil it out in a budget, said John Radich, DHS District Manager.. Radich says DHS will still provide an employment-related daycare program.. That s the program for those who are employed but still need financial help.. Read the Original Article.. Fair to promote active, healthy lifestyles.. Friday, June 3, 2011.. April Bamburg, The.. Newport News Times.. Nearly 30 percent of Lincoln County’s youths, ages 0-17 are obese, according to statistics from.. Children First for Oregon’s 2010 data book.. A coalition of community members and local organizations are looking to change that figure, and encourage citizens to be more active.. To get the word out about activities and services in the community, a three-county coalition called the Childhood Obesity Partnership formed, after Samaritan Health Services received a 1-year planning grant to develop strategies to prevent or reduce childhood obesity, because of particularly high rates of childhood obesity in Linn and Lincoln Counties, according to Julia Young-Lorion, Community Health Improvement Partnership Coordinator with Samaritan Health Services.. Read the Full Article.. Oregon s budget priorities: It s too soon to uproot the foundations we ve laid.. Friday, May 6, 2011.. By Ryan Fisher and Stephanie Tama-Sweet, Guest Columnists, The.. Oregonian.. Recent public hearings on the state budget have been dominated by public outrage about a list of budget cuts that are too long and too deep.. These cuts will hurt all of us, and all of our communities.. We ll be less resilient in the face of the challenges posed by everyday life.. The list includes deep cuts to the already bare-bones support we provide to our lowest-income families; family support for children with developmental disabilities; and reductions in services to individuals leaving domestic violence;..

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  • Title: Children First for Oregon
    Descriptive info: This summer, after many months of hard work, the members of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection passed Senate Bill 123, a Foster Youth Bill of Rights, that gives all of us in care access to our rights and a safe place to call if they’re violated.. Because of your support for Children First, no Oregon foster child will have to lose contact with their siblings, be left out of decisions about their future, or be denied clothes that fit and supplies for school because they didn’t know they had these basic rights.. Your gift of $250, $100, or $50 makes it possible for Children First to give all of Oregon’s kids a voice in Salem.. But I wanted to tell you what your support has meant to me personally: As a member of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection Legislative Action Team, I was able to speak about my eight years in foster care  ...   up thinking, when I’m 19, I’m going to be in Salem talking to legislators, I’m going to be making big changes.. But that’s the opportunity you have given me.. Thank you again for your support.. Please consider donating $250, $100, or $50.. (or $123 in honor of the bill number!) so that Children First and the Oregon Foster Youth Connection are able to tackle more issues and make more change for Oregon’s most vulnerable children.. Click here to learn more about the work of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection and see my full speech from this year’s National Foster Care Month event!.. Sincerely,.. Royce, 19.. Social Web.. E-mail.. del.. icio.. us.. Digg.. Furl.. Netscape.. Yahoo! My Web.. Technorati.. Google Bookmarks.. Newsvine.. BlinkList.. reddit.. Blogmarks.. ma.. gnolia.. Windows Live.. Tailrank.. Mister Wong.. StumbleUpon.. Comment.. Email / Share.. Permalink.. Comments.. There are no comments yet for this entry.. Why don't you make one?.. Make A Comment..

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