Welcome!

Hello, young people! Here are a couple of great contacts to help answer questions and resolve issues:

FosterClub's dedicated representative for Oregon is Ashlee: 503-717-1552, or email her.  She can help you find resources to help you transition to adulthood and connect you to leadership opportunities. 

For problems or complaints, contact Oregon's Ombudsman, Darin Mancuso, at 1-855-840-6036 or you can email him.

Meet FosterClub's Oregon Peer Navigators!

Get to know FosterClub's Oregon Peer Navigators working on the Oregon Pandemic Relief funds project at FosterClub, in partnership with the state of Oregon to get pandemic relief funds out to support young people who have experienced foster care. 

COVID-19 making it difficult to make ends meet?

Financial assistance and support are available for youth with foster care experience ages of 14-26!

Emergency funding avaialble for: 

  • Housing
  • Transporation
  • Education
  • Miscellaneous expenses

Apply today to see if you qualify! If you need assistance with the application, please contact FosterClub at 503-717-1552 for assistance. 

Healthcare for Former Foster Youth (FFY).

Did you know that former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 until their 26th birthday? Qualification for FFY to access Medicaid is not dependant on employment or education status. Check out the #Healthcare FFY campaign for more information about this program!


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Service Opportunity: Oregon Peer Navigators

By reyesdiana — Jun 17, 2021

Service Opportunity: Oregon Peer Navigators Purpose: The COVID-19 pandemic created hardships across the world. Young people in/from foster care were especially impacted. With this in mind, the federal government... Read more

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Webinar: Older Youth Pandemic Relief: State Spotlights- Implementation in Oregon

By dominiquefreeman — May 27, 2021

On May 26th, 2021, FosterClub and Youth Law Center hosted a state spotlight webinar with Child Welfare service providers and advocates focused on implementing the older youth provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. In this webinar, you... Read more

8 Tips for Getting through the Holidays

By APetite1 — Nov 24, 2020

Let's face it, the holidays can be tough for young people in foster care, and this year perhaps more so than ever. Young people in foster care may feel lonely because they are separated from family or friends, or anxious about being in a different... Read more

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Oregon: Youth Like Me, Who Have Left Foster Care Without Family, Have What It Takes To Succeed, But We Can’t Do It Alone Especially Now

By jaleesasuell — Jul 9, 2020

I spent six years in foster care, and although difficult in many ways, that time during my youth gave me the resilience, passion and drive for the life I have now. I consider myself one of the foster care success stories. But, I can’t imagine if... Read more

FosterClub at Shoulder to Shoulder

By Ashlee — Oct 30, 2018

Ashlee Kauffunger, FosterClub's Oregon Outreach Coordinator and Ashley Foster-French, FosterClub's Training & Education Manager, along with Ellenor, attended the Shoulder to Shoulder in Portland, Oregon. FosterClub shared our... Read more

RESOURCES

Oregon: Foster Youth Rights

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The website link takes you to foster youth rights in foster care.Read more


Oregon: Foster Care Ombudsman

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The current foster care ombudsman in Oregon is named Darin Mancuso. You can call him with complaints and he will investigate. Anyone can call him, but he's generally a resource for foster youth and foster parents.Read more


Oregon Foster Youth Connection

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The mission of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC) is to improve the foster care system through advocacy, activism, and leadership. OFYC is a program of Children First for Oregon (CFFO), is a statewide, youth led, advocacy group of current and former foster youth between... Read more


Oregon Independent Living Program

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The Independent Living Program (ILP) helps youth who are, or were, in foster care to become self-sufficient adults. It gives an opportunity to learn valuable skills necessary to make a successful transition from state or tribal custody to living on your own in the community.Read more


Oregon: Imagination House

The Imagination House is a transitional independent living program, in partnership with DHS, for female youth, ages 18-20, who have aged out of foster care, but who are still under the custody of DHS.Read more


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