Independent Living Program

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Oregon Independent ​Living Program

The DHS Independent Living Program (ILP) partners with various youth organizations and communities to provide opportunities that assist youth who are or were in foster care to become independent adults. Youth age 14 or older may be eligible for a variety of these events and activities. Supervision and transportation for all events will need to be determined prior to registration. For additional details regarding the individual events see the information below:

    Summer 2020 Teen Events (Pending Governor’s Orders regarding COVID-19 Guidance)

    Summer 2020 Teen Events  


    Regional Events

    Spring Break Camp

    (Specific to Willamette Valley counties)

    Some of the Independent Living Programs are joining forces and are planning a FREE four-day Spring Break Camp in March 2018 for youth involved with some of the Willamette Valley ILP Programs. It will be an overnight camp. This camp has been set up and intended to be four fun-filled days of activities designed especially for Independent Living youth working on socialization skills and team building, along with “life learning” activities.

    The youth will be cooking all of their meals and workshops are set up to work with the youth on important life skill topics. This trip will be supervised and chaperoned by ILP workers and older (18 + college) ILP youth acting as Youth Camp Leaders throughout the week. Spots are limited, so please keep in mind that we are requesting that the youth participating be youth who really want to be there and will be actively involved in all parts of the camp. For more information, please contact Shannon Simich at 503-623-3310 .

    Camp Makuala

    (Specific to Tillamook, Clatsop and Columbia Counties and outlying areas)

    Camp Makuala is a four-day, three-night camp for youth involved with the Independent Living Programs in the Tillamook and outlying areas. The camp is held every year in the summer and is located along the Trask River in Tillamook. The days and evenings are filled with fun activities and youth learn important life skills they need to become healthy, independent adults. Campfires, a beach day, some recreational activities such as swimmingand basketball at the local YMCA, and a tour to the Tillamook Cheese Factory are just some of the activities on the agenda, AND the youth even learn to cook their own meals while they are there! Youth are supervised by the Independent Living Program Providers and adult volunteer staff. Contact Lydia Sterba for more details at 541-440-0852.

    Partner Events

    The Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC)

    A program of Children First for Oregon, hosts a biennial, four-day Policy Conference where current and former foster youth (14-25) unite to discuss their ideas for what they believe would make foster care better. Youth choose a topic during registration and then spend two and a half days working with other youth to come up with concrete, real-life recommendations. On the final day, youth present their ideas to Department of Human Services staff, legislators, direct service providers and community members during an inspiring luncheon. During the conference, there are evening activities like a talent showcase and field games. For more details contact Children First for Oregon at 503-236-9754.

    OFYC Biennial Advocacy Convening

    (Years when the legislature is in session)

    This conference is a follow-up to the Policy Conference and is a chance for youth to take their concrete recommendations straight to legislators. Youth spend two days solidifying their recommendations, learning about the legislative process, and practicing talking points that support their recommendations. On the final day, youth go directly to the capitol to meet with legislators in small groups for a chance to speak up and be heard. For more details contact Lisa McMahon of Children First for Oregon, at 503-236-9754.


    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​OFYC’s 2020 *Virtual* Policy Conference! 

    This presentation is a virtual four-day conference August 22 - 25, where OFYC youth develop their 2020 Policy Recommendation through examining policies and sharing personal stories with one another. These recommendations are valuable, we encourage policy makers and program leaders to listen and take notes.

    OFYC Policy Conference Flyer

    August 22-25, 2020
    Register Here:


    Supportive Adults
    This presentation concludes a virtual four-day youth conference We look forward to having you join us for the presentation of the 2020 recommendations.

    OFYC Policy Recommendation Presentation

    August 25,2020
    12pm To 2:30pm
    Register Here: Https://Linktr.Ee/Ofyc

    For More Details About Who We Are Visit: Http://Www.Ofyc.Org/

    Supports that were new because of COVID-19:
    OFYC’s COVID-19 Foster Youth Resources: COVID-19 has changed a lot of things for a lot of people. OFYC understands the additional impact on current and former foster youth. Here is our attempt to share resources with youth. ​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​