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Family Engagement


The Oregon Youth Authority encourages family members to be part of youths’ lives while in OYA’s care and custody. Positive family involvement helps inspire youth to engage in treatment, education, and reformation programs.
Family connections make a difference. Youth who feel supported by and are included in their families do better in treatment. Family members are encouraged to stay in touch for the sake of the youth in OYA’s custody.

Family members may write, call, and visit youth, and they also may attend treatment progress reviews and special family day events.

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Family Guide

The purpose of the Family Guides is to provide orientation to parents/guardians when youth are placed in OYA custody.  The guides are designed to provide parents/guardians the opportunity to note their questions as they read through them so they may seek clarification from their youth’s JPPO (for juvenile commits) or Treatment Manager (for DOC offenders) during their initial meetings.
These guides are sent with the various forms OYA requests parents to complete when a youth is committed to OYA.  The “OYA Youth” version will be sent to parents from the appropriate field offices.  The “DOC Youth” version will be sent from Hillcrest to parents of DOC offenders.
We are thankful to the many staff and stakeholders who have participated in the development of these guides.

Please click on the links below to access the guides (you will need the free Acrobat Reader to open the documents -- a link is available at the bottom of this page).
Guides for Parents and Families of . . .

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