Commission on Children and FamiliesVision: All Oregon's children and youth will be safe, healthy, well-educated, employable and valued contributors to their communities.
The Commission has goals set toward:
This means that we can take the role of leaders and facilitators of meetings, provide stronger links between the community and formal systems.
There is respectful inclusion of all community members, community awareness and commitment to action. We will help engage individuals and organizations to provide a safe and welcoming environment and activities to demonstrate a caring community.
The Commission also provides funding to programs that can provide outcomes that are outlined in the Comprehensive Plan under the areas of Early Childhood Development and Early Learning, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Adolescent Risk Factors (Juvenile Crime Prevention), and Child Poverty Reduction (Child Hunger).
The Desired outcomes are in the following areas:
- Improve Readiness to Learn
- Reduce Child Maltreatment
- Reduce Teen Alcohol Use
- Food Security
We get results for Children:
- Healthy Start children are half as likely to become victims of child abuse.
- We target youth at high risk of committing juvenile crime and help prevent them from offending during the next year.
- Children with a Court Appointed Special Advocate-CASA are 50% less likely to re-enter the child welfare system.
- We have helped families enroll their children in the Oregon health Plan.
- We help prevent poor education performance.
- We have community leaders who serve as champions for children.
- We focus on community based decision making that empowers citizens to solve local problems with a small investment from the state.
- Our investments develop children who will learn better, earn better, live better and give better.
- We are a sure fire economic development strategy: Healthy, educated kids grow up to be good employees, valued community members and contributing taxpayers.
- We invest strategically in early childhood and school aged programs to decrease risk factors all along the age continuum, and invest in teen programs that prepare youth for the workforce.
- We work with local communities to reduce risk factors such as poor parenting, community norms and academic failure, which lead to juvenile crime, suicide, teen pregnancy, depression and violence.
We leverage resources far beyond taxpayer support:
- In the 2009-2011 Biennium the Commission leveraged $125,603 in funds and 1771 volunteer hours.
Locally funded programs have leveraged the following in the 2009-2011 Biennium:
|Local Program||Dollars||Volunteer Hours|
|Arlington Child Care||$ 158,993||681|
|Arlington Preschool||$ 40,446||185|
|Condon Child Care Center||$ 387,173||1186|
|Healthy Start Program||$ 10,440||0|
|CASA Program||$ 3548||3548|
|Arlington School District||$ 450||436|
Does your child need Health Care Coverage?
The Commission staff is trained to assist with Healthy Kid Applications. CC&F Staff can help you get through the process of the application and documentation for the state, and get it sent in for you. For an appointment please contact the office at 541-384-2399 or 1-800-982-1172.