2021 Children's Agenda

A LEGISLATIVE POLICY AGENDA FOR OREGON'S CHILDREN AND YOUTH

When we prioritize children and families, we strengthen our collective future

In our choices and actions, we can create an equitable Oregon where all children can achieve their full potential, where families and communities are supported and celebrated. The challenges of the past year have tremendously impacted our state, acutely affecting children and families. Oregon’s children and families are resilient, and communities know which solutions are needed to address long-standing inequities experienced by children of color, children living in poverty, and children who are immigrants. 

Oregon, we can and must do better. All our children deserve bright futures full of possibility, and this starts with a healthy, balanced foundation from which to build, including access to quality learning opportunities, healthy food, physical and mental health services, safe, affordable housing, and supportive relationships and communities.

The Children’s Agenda offers the blueprint to this foundation. For seven years, Our Children Oregon annually brings together 115 partners statewide to develop The Children’s Agenda, a comprehensive slate of equitable investments and policy solutions to meet the holistic needs of children, youth, and their families. Additionally, we acknowledge the need to support solutions to raise the revenue required to make these investments in our children attainable. The new revenue sources noted in the Governor’s Recommended Budget can serve as the starting place for these conversations. 

We know that a single organization alone cannot create the circumstances and dismantle the systemic obstacles necessary for children to achieve their full potential—we must join our efforts to affect meaningful change. Through the unified voice of The Children’s Agenda, partners, advocates, and policymakers use the Agenda’s shared framework to align efforts, work collaboratively, and powerfully show up for Oregon’s children.

A future where every Oregon child thrives is possible. Let’s act now with the urgency our children deserve.

2021 Children's Agenda Priorities

ECONOMIC WELL-BEING

Ensure No Worker is Left Behind: Include ITIN filers in Oregon's EITC

Promote Racial Equity in Homeownership

Strengthen the Oregon IDA Initiative

EDUCATION

Reduce/Eliminate Suspension and Expulsion in Early Childhood

Address Racism in Public Schools

Expand Access to Culturally Specific Programs

HEALTH

Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis

Establish Profession of Licensed Dental Therapists

FAMILY & COMMUNITY

Strengthen the Oregon Indian Child Welfare Act

Eliminate Implicit Bias in Child Welfare Responses

Codify ICE's "Sensitive Locations" Policy

Economic Well-Being Agenda Items

Children need financially secure families with stable housing.

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Expand each block to see which of our partners submitted the agenda item, who’s supporting it, and links to learn more.
These links are updated as information is made available, so please check back to see how each concept is progressing.

 HB 2819   MORE INFO MÁS INFORMACIÓN

Ensure individuals using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file their taxes can access Oregon’s Earned Income Tax Credit, ending the current exclusion. ITIN households include one of every 10 Oregon children. Eliminating this inequitable exclusion will boost the take-home pay of families in this vital, yet low-wage workforce, helping them meet basic needs. It will improve the educational outcomes and life opportunities for children and increase the flow of dollars to under-compensated, immigrant communities in our state.

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SUPPORTED BY:

American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

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Provide down payment assistance and other targeted supports to begin to address racial disparities in homeownership.

ELEVATED BY: Steering Committee to advance racial justice

SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Housing Oregon; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices; Oregon Housing Alliance; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon;Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

HB 2551  MORE INFO   

Reauthorize the IDA Initiative Tax Credit, and maintain the current tax credit cap of $7.5 million/year for 2021-23, and request an appropriation of $7 million to fund the Initiative through the next biennium. Enact programmatic changes to allow IDA providers to deliver a more equitable and positive saving experience for IDA account holders including increasing the allowable maximum matching funds in a 12-month period from $3,000 to $6,000 and broadening the purpose of the IDA program to promote “the financial stability and resilience of lower income households."

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Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Coalition of Communities of Color; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDCHousing Oregon; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Housing Alliance; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck CenterReach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation

 SB 290  SB 615 MORE INFO 

Build out additional broadband infrastructure to support education and provide targeted support for families not able to access existing services. Measures to hold service providers accountable for providing reliable, efficient service should be part of any proposal.

SUBMITTED BY:

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SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries ofOregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; OregonASK;Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Environmental Council; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

HB 2484    

Prohibit landlords from discriminating against tenants based on operating or intending to operate a licensed or regulated child care in their residence.

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SUPPORTED BY:

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast, Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; YWCA Oregon

HB 2536  MORE INFO

Ensure that the intent of Student Success Act is implemented by requiring a consistent expanded eligibility criteria (186-300% FPL) to students at all schools that are serving school meals and collecting income applications. Ensure that all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) -but that do not follow the Community Eligible Provision (CEP) -automatically become a school with Expanded Income Eligibility for free school meals.

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SUPPORTED BY:

American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Pediatric Society; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

HB 2340  MORE INFO   

Invest resources so Independent Living Program (ILP) services can be provided to more eligible youth; enhance the levels of services provided to help ensure youth exiting foster care are better prepared.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Investin Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; New Avenues for Youth; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon CASA Network; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

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Home is the foundation for success. Every Oregonian should have access to a safe, stable, affordable place to call home, particularly children and families. Today, our state doesn’t have nearly enough affordable places to call home for everyone that needs one. A $250 million commitment from the Legislature in Article XI-Q General Obligation bonds for the LIFT program will build more affordable homes.

 

SUBMITTED BY: 

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; Housing Oregon; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Youth, Rights & Justice;YWCA Oregon

SB 282  MORE INFO    

Housing stability is critical during this pandemic and the subsequent recovery. During the pandemic, staying home is the prescription to save lives and protect people against COVID-19. Actions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon meant that people lost work and income and the early actions to stop evictions and foreclosures were key to keeping Oregonians in their homes. With cases on the rise again and extreme economic uncertainty before us, eviction protections were continued until June 30. The Legislature should take action to protect people from displacement, homelessness, and instability after June 30, 2021. Possible next steps including considering legal assistance, access to mediation, or additional protections for people who rent their homes.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; FamiliesFirst Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; Housing Oregon; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Law Center; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

HB 2163  MORE INFO   

The Governor's Recommended Budget for 2021-23 includes investments to provide long-term rental assistance for youth at risk of houselessness with a focus on youth transitioning out of foster care.

ELEVATED BY: Steering Committee

SUPPORTED BY:

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Investin Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; Housing Oregon; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon CASA Network; Oregon Center for Public Policy; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Housing Alliance; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Montessori Association; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

HB 2503  SB 239   MORE INFO

Reform Employment Related Day Care (ERDC), a subsidy program helping families with child care expenses, by rewriting the statute to move the program into Oregon's Early Learning Division (ELD) and incorporating provisions to improve payments to providers. These reforms will result in more stable care for children and lower copays for parents.

SUBMITTED BY: 

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SUPPORTED BY:

American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Coalition of Communities of Color; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; YWCA Oregon

HB 2835  MORE INFO

Support college students, many of whom are parents, to access food and basic needs assistance by establishing navigators to work with students on each campus. This proposal comes from a comprehensive engagement process elevating student voices about their needs.

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SUPPORTED BY:

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Pearl BuckCenter; Reach Out and Read Oregon

Education Agenda Items

Children need quality learning environments beginning at birth.

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SB 236  MORE INFO

National research concludes preschool has the highest suspension and expulsion rates of any age—disproportionately impacting Black children. Oregon can make progress on this issue by clearly defining suspension and expulsion, collecting data for accountability and improvement, supporting early childhood educators to build the skills that allow all children to thrive [e.g., anti-bias training, Infant-Toddler-Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation], and ultimately preventing this practice altogether.

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National Black Child Development Coalition

SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Coalition of Communities of Color; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; ORAEYC; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Pediatric Society; Oregon Public Health Commented [11]: upload and link -should have by Thursday 8Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

SB 238 HB 2945 HB 2166 SB 328 SB 225  INFO  

Disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by eliminating School Resource Officers, addressing disproportionality in school suspensions and expulsions, and developing social emotional learning standards.

ELEVATED BY: Steering Committee to advance racial justice

SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

 BUDGET ASK 

Expand and increase access to early learning opportunities that meet families' cultural and linguistic needs for Black and Indigenous children and children of color in Oregon.


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SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; ORAEYC; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice

HB 2055    

Establish Tribal Early Learning Hub and a Tribal Early Learning Hub Advisory Committee to plan for and direct early care and education on tribal lands.

ELEVATED BY: Steering Committee to advance racial justice

SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; ORAEYC; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation

SB 237 

Require the creation of a regular public report from the Early Learning Division (ELD) to the Legislature featuring disaggregated data by race/ethnicity, language, disability, and geography about access to publicly funded early care and education programs and experiences of quality connected to priority indicators, as determined by families.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; ORAEYC; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Pediatric Society; Oregon 10Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

BUDGET ASK HB 2166  

Establish Indigenous Education Institute and fund Anti-Racist Leadership Initiative within the Educator Advancement Fund.

ELEVATED BY: Steering Committee to advance racial justice

SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; ORAEYC; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

BUDGET ASK 

The expansion of Preschool Promise and Oregon PreKindergarten will ensure 6,000 additional children have access to culturally relevant, inclusive, developmentally appropriate classrooms through a mix of new slots and expansion of half-day slots to full day.

SUBMITTED BY:

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SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; ORAEYC; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Pediatric Society; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

Health Agenda Items

Children need access to health care.

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HB 2337  MORE INFO

Declare racism a public health crisis in Oregon and acknowledge Oregon’s racist history, the impact of perpetuating institutional racism in policies and systems that cause harm, trauma, illness, and death to Black, Indigenous, and Oregonians of color and the need to heal these injustices through accelerated, intentional actions. The declaration will articulate investments and strategies to address health inequities among these communities and Tribes within Oregon.

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SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Environmental Council; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Pediatric Society; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

HB 2528  MORE INFO

Establish the profession of licensed dental therapist in Oregon. Legislation establishes requirements for licensing, exams, supervision, scope, and updates Dental Practices Act to include dental therapists.

SUBMITTED BY: 

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon

HB 2164 MORE INFO

Expand coverage for youth aging out of Cover All Kids program, individuals with DACA status, and others not currently eligible for coverage because of immigration status.

ELEVATED BY:  Steering Committee to advance racial justice

SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice

SB 65   SB 557   HB 2041  HB 2557

Provide premium assistance and out of pocket health insurance expenses for Oregon's Compact of Free Association (COFA) residents with low incomes; expand program to include dental coverage.

ELEVATED BY: Steering Committee to advance racial justice

SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast;Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

HB 2826    MORE INFO

Increased funding to Children’s Advocacy Centers will help every child have access to quality, comprehensive, child-focused services when impacted by child abuse.

 

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Pediatric Society; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; YWCA Oregon

HB 2969  MORE INFO

Requires the Department of Education to include oral health in the next K-12 health curriculum update. It allows, but does not require, Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and Dental Care Organizations (DCOs) to financially support school-based oral health services.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; YWCA Oregon

BUDGET ASK  MORE INFO

The Governor's Recommended Budget for 2021-23 includes investments in the next steps to implement SB 1/SB 221 (2019) through targeted investments in crisis and transition services ($1.3m); Interdisciplinary assessment team ($5.7 m); and transition-age youth-specific substance use residential facility.

ELEVATED BY:  Steering Committee

SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Votersof Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon CASA Network; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

HB 2495   MORE INFO

The Toxic Free Kids Act expands the authority of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to regulate chemical classes in children's products and beyond, as opposed to individual chemicals, bringing more chemicals under control. Additionally the act adds uniformity between Oregon and other states in terms of how many and what chemicals are reported, and with what frequency, to minimize environmental harm and health impacts through consumer products. It also adds administrative deadlines to ensure that these protections are swiftly implemented.

SUBMITTED BY: 

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; March of Dimes-Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

BUDGET ASK MORE INFO

Healthy Families Oregon (HFO) is a voluntary statewide-accredited home visiting program serving around 2,000 families annually (prenatal to age 3). In 2019 approximately 600 eligible families did not receive HFO requested services. A $10 million investment would expand the number of families the program serves and prepare for growth (e.g., secure a database, staff state agency, home visitor salaries, etc.) of an anticipated 10,000 to 12,000 new referrals as Family Connects Oregon, a universally offered home visiting program through OHA, rolls out statewide.

SUBMITTED BY: 

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; ORAEYC; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

SB 555   HB 2292    SB 440  MORE INFO

Continue funding for Double Up Food Bucks, an incentive program which matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants benefits up to $10 dollars, to purchase additional fresh fruits and vegetables.

SUBMITTED BY: 

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids LearnBetter Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

SB 587  HB 2071 MORE INFO

Oregon retailers of other age-restricted products such as cannabis, alcohol, and firearms are required to obtain a license before selling these products. Tobacco retailers in Oregon should be required to secure a license just like retailers of age restricted products. This licensure enables agencies to monitor when retailers are selling to minors or otherwise breaking the law and hold them accountable.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and FamilyCenter; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Pediatric Society; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

This legislation is not moving forward this session.

SB 254   MORE INFO

In order for children to stay enrolled in Oregon child care, preschool, or grades K–12, current state policy requires certain immunizations, a clinician verifying a child’s medical exemption, or a parent claiming a personal, religious, or philosophical objection to vaccines. Eliminating the nonmedical exemption from Oregon’s immunization law will protect kids, vulnerable adults, and communities in every part of the state. A similar California law increased vaccination rates across the state, especially with vaccine hesitant parents.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; March of Dimes-Oregon; NARAL Pro-ChoiceOregon; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

Family & Community Agenda Items

Children and their families need safety and stability.

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HB 562A   MORE INFO

Strengthen Oregon's ICWA by ensuring it covers federal ICWA adoption standards and providing for the technical fixes since its passage during the 2020 special session.

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SUPPORTED BY:

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon CASA Network; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; Youth, Rights & Justice

HB 2505   MORE INFO

Agencies can support families preventively and offer support for children to remain in or return home. To achieve this, a group will review the processes used when making case decisions and create annual recommendations for revisions to eliminate implicit bias and will focus on prevention of removal and equitable treatment. Group membership will include a variety of people who interact with the child welfare system, focusing on including disproportionately overrepresented populations. A committee will be formed with the Governor’s Child Foster Care Advisory Commission.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon CASA Network; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

SJM1 MORE INFO

Pass a resolution asking Congress to make Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s “sensitive locations” policy federal law. This policy states that enforcement actions are not to happen at or be centered on sensitive locations including schools and places of worship. Codifying this policy will continue to protect young children and families and make early childhood settings safe places.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Coalition of Communities of Color; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; ORAEYC; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; Youth, Rights & Justice

SB 720 MORE INFO

Fund the Family Preservation Project (FPP), a proven model promoting individual and systems level change while strengthening families and communities, helping mothers take ownership of their lives, and changing the lives of children whose parents are incarcerated. Through reduction of trauma and provision of supports not received elsewhere, it improves the likelihood for success and ability to thrive and reduces the need for complex interventions.

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SUPPORTED BY:

American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; Ecumenical Ministries ofOregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation;Youth, Rights & Justice

SB 575  MORE INFO

When youth have contact with the juvenile justice system, records are created. Information in the records is publicly available and can create barriers to youth success. This bill, originally introduced in 2020 (SB 1573B), creates a process to automatically expunge juvenile records, starting with those who have had contact with law enforcement but were not convicted of a crime, and allows youth seeking expungement to request a court appointed attorney so they do not have to complete the complex application paperwork by themselves.

 

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SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon CASA Network; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

BUDGET ASK  MORE INFO

The Governor's Recommended Budget for 2021-23 includes investments to establish the Preservation and Prevention Program to support biological families before children are removed; establish an effective respite care program to better support foster families; provide staffing for the Governor's Child Foster Care Advocacy Commission; and expand Parent Child Representation Program into three new counties (Clatsop, Douglas, Clackamas).

ELEVATED BY:  Steering Committee

SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of theMid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon;Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon CASA Network; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

HB 2544  MORE INFO

During the 2018-2019 school year, more than 3,700 Oregon youth were homeless and separated from their families. This number threatens to reach 6,000 this school year. Under this proposal, access to housing and behavioral health supports are expanded for these youth.

 

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SUPPORTED BY:

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids;Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; Housing Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Coalition of Christian Voices; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Housing Alliance; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon PTA; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; SEIU Local 503, OPEU; Washington County Kids; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

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Expand Reach Out and Read, a statewide early literacy and early relational health program that provides books and medical provider-led guidance to children 0-5 and their caregivers. As the program operates out of pediatric and family medicine clinics, it continues to be delivered during the pandemic and provides a social-emotional lifeline to communities most impacted by COVID-19 and with limited access to early childhood literacy and development resources. Program expansion will prioritize medical clinics that serve majority BIPOC, low-income, and Medicaid patient populations.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; Healthy Kids Learn Better Coalition; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Pediatric Society; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

SB 299   MORE INFO

Allow the addition of Children's Service Districts as special districts. Locally enacted, these Children's Service Districts could fund services outside of school that best meet their children's unique needs.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Public Health Association; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

SB 817  MORE INFO

Administrative fees are common in Oregon’s juvenile system. They are not designed to serve rehabilitative or community safety goals, and they are distinct from fines imposed for punishment or restitution assessed for victim compensation. Although practices vary, juvenile departments and circuit courts regularly charge administrative fees in delinquency cases and aggressively collect unpaid fees from youth when they turn 18 and their families. Elimination of juvenile administrative fees will bring Oregon in line with CA, NV, WA and other states on this matter.

SUBMITTED BY: 

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SUPPORTED BY:

CatholicCommunity Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Hacienda CDC; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; Washington County Kids; YWCA Oregon

HB 3327 SB 271-1 MORE INFO: HB 3327 MORE INFO: BUDGET

Support $5 million to provide resources for community-based, Tribal, and culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) programs to assist survivors with housing needs. In addition, advocate to expand safety support services available through community-based, Tribal, and culturally specific providers, with a focus on services for survivors who have child welfare or self-sufficiency cases.

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SUPPORTED BY:
American Association of University Women of Oregon Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; OregonASK; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Foster Youth Connection; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Public Health Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; Youth, Rights & Justice; YWCA Oregon

BUDGET ASK  MORE INFO

Salary increases are necessary to professionalize the early learning workforce, as evidenced in the new funding and minimum salaries set by the Early Learning Council (ELC) of Oregon's Early Learning Division (ELD) for teachers in the Head Start and Preschool Promise programs. The unintended consequence however is that Relief Nurseries experience difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff due to a limited workforce and an inability to match wages without decreasing services to families. Increasing funding to Relief Nurseries by $4.8 million will help achieve wage parity with these programs.

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SUPPORTED BY:
Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Community Action Team, Parenting Education & Support; FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Forward Oregon; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; ORAEYC; Oregon Child Abuse Solutions; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Montessori Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

BUDGET ASK

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Reinstate $1.3 million/biennium funding for Family to Family Networks in the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disability Services budget with a goal of centering racial equity in program outcomes through the lens of the intersectionality of disability and race. These peer-based networks connect families experiencing disability to each other with a goal of developing more welcoming communities for all.

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Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast; Causa Oregon; Children's Institute; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO); FACT Oregon; Families First Parent Resource Center; Family Resource Center of Central Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Hacienda CDC; League of Women Voters of Oregon; NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon; Native American Youth and Family Center; New Avenues for Youth; Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Women's Rights Coalition; Pearl Buck Center; Reach Out and Read Oregon; ReadyNation; YWCA Oregon

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