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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.​

Video: Introduction to OYA for Families

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 Guides

The Family Guides provide a quick orientation to parents/guardians when their youth are placed in OYA custody. These guides are mailed to parents along with other important information, including contact information for their youth's case workers.

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). 

Youth in Close Custody

Youth in the Community
Family Guide to Intake: MacLaren YCF (male youth only)
Family Guide to Oak Creek YCF (female youth only)


Benefits for Youth in the Community


Benefits for Youth in Facilities


Connecting with Youth Using Skype for Business

For general questions about how you may use Skype for Business for visits with your youth or how to schedule these visits, contact their Case Coordinator or Living Unit Manager.


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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 held quarterly and are open to the public. The location alternates.

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5:45-7:45 p.m.

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility
2630 N Pacific Highway  Woodburn

Video attendance through Skype for Business is also available. To learn how to join through Skype, contact Faith Love, 503-373-7434, ​faith.love@state.or.us.



Alternating Locations:

Multnomah County OYA Office
Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Complex
1401 NE 68th Avenue, Portland

Click for directions

MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility
2630 N Pacific Highway, Woodburn

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Child Support

State and federal laws require the State of Oregon to collect child support payments from parents when their youth is placed in state custody. Learn more in OYA's Fast Facts brochure.

OYA Child Support Brochure

Other Resources

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