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OYA Foster Care

Everyone needs a second chance.

Many teens who come to the Oregon Youth Authority have never had a positive, supportive adult in their lives. It’s one of the biggest barriers to getting their lives back on track.

As an OYA foster parent, you can be that role model. You can provide youth with a supportive, safe, stable home and the guidance to change their lives for the better.

Watch the stories of some of our youth and foster parents in our video.

  What is OYA Foster Care? ​  Learn More

OYA’s foster care program is different from others you may have heard about — we only provide homes for teenagers and young adults, and we don’t do adoptions.

OYA is the state’s juvenile justice agency, providing safe environments and opportunities for reformation for youth ages 12 through 24 who are committed to our custody by juvenile courts.

Our foster care program serves teenagers who are working their way toward returning home, as well as youth ages 18 to 24 who need help learning independent-living skills such as establishing a bank account, preparing a household budget, shopping for food, and preparing meals.

To qualify to be an OYA foster parent, you must be:

  • At least 21 years old, or 25 if you are working with youth 18 and older.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Able to pass a background check.
  • Emotionally mature and able to help youth build positive relationships and live independently. 

You provide basic housing, food, clothing, transportation, recreational opportunities, spending money, and reasonable incidentals for youth. The youth will have a state medical card to pay for their medical, mental health, and other necessary treatment costs. You receive a monthly payment to reimburse you for the services you provide.

Video — OYA Foster Care: Family Stories


  Who to Contact

 The best way to learn more about OYA foster care is to contact the foster care certifier for your county.



  • Crook
  • Deschutes
  • Lincoln
  • ​Polk
  • Yamhill
  • ​Lane
  • ​Baker
  • Gilliam
  • Grant
  • Harney
  • Hood River
  • Jefferson
  • Malheur
  • Morrow
  • Sherman
  • Umatilla
  • Union
  • Wallowa
  • Wasco
  • Wheeler
  • Clackamas
  • ​Multnomah


  • ​​Clatsop
  • Columbia
  • Tillamook
  • Washington
  • Benton
  • Coos
  • Curry
  • Douglas
  • Jackson
  • Josephine
  • Klamath
  • Lake
  • Linn
  • Marion




Christin Pickle

OYA Central Office
530 Center Street NE
Suite 500
Salem, OR  97301
FAX 866-603-7174


Kelly Okili

Lane County OYA
115 West 8th Ave
Suite 180
Eugene OR 97401
971-803-8154 (cell)

FAX 541-684-2611

Chris Jensen

Malheur County OYA
2411 SW 4th Avenue
Ontario OR 97914
​541-889-3810, x226
541-429-5097 (cell)
FAX 541-889-5786

Robyn Marshall

OYA Central Office
530 Center St. NE
Suite 500 
Salem, OR 97301
​971-718-7902 (cell)


Robyn Marshall

OYA Central Office
530 Center St. NE
Suite 500
Salem, OR 97301
971-718-7902 (cell)


Sheila Kelly

Marion County OYA
2001 Front Street NE
Suite 110
Salem OR  97301
971-283-6404 (cell)

FAX 503-378-5882
Other Questions?
OYA Foster Care Unit 
Robyn Marshall, Manager
971-283-5004 (cell)​
Emilly Charles, Office Assistant
General inquiry email: oyafostercare@oya.state.or.us
  Materials for Current OYA Foster Parents  
The following forms are in Microsoft Word:

Online Training (we recommend opening in Internet Explorer for best compatibility)