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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.​

OYA Video - Family Engagement - Why it's important for families to stay connected

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General Information

Family Engagement. What it is:
  • Family engagement is agencies involving youth and their families in decision making.
  • Family engagement is any role or activity that enables families to have influence and direct and meaningful input into systems, policies, programs, and practices affecting services for youth and their families.
  • Family engagement is sustainable. Family members continue to play roles in a youth's life, long after they are released from correctional facilities.
Family Engagement. What it isn't:
  • Family engagement is not an innovation. In traditional societies, people around the globe have worked out issues on their own among family members.
  • Family engagement is not ignoring or condoning harm a family member may cause. It is focusing on family strengths.
  • Family engagement is not costly. Such support, unlike new programs, facilities, or staffing, requires no additional spending.
Written by a parent of an OYA youth
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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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OYA Family Advisory Council Meetings

Council letter to OYA families​​

Council priorities -

  • Engaging OYA families that are not engaged
  • Gender equity and additional appropriate services
  • Services/treatment for mental health needs including developmental needs

Council meetings -

Meetings are open to the public.  

Date:  Second Tuesday of every month

Time:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Complex
               1401 NE 68th Avenue
               Portland, OR  97213

Video attendance is also available via local OYA Parole/Probation offices. Click here​ for office locations.

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