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Independent Living Program

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Oregon Independent ​Living Program

The ODHS 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.

Annual Teen Events


Save the Date!

May 5, 2023
Youth Well-being Summit

June 20 - 23, 2023​​​
Oregon Dream Conference

  • ​Winter Native Teen Gathering sponsored each Winter by N​ative Wellness Institute and ODHS​
  • Summer Native Teen Gathering sponsored each Summer by Native Wellness Institute and ODHS
  • ​​DREAM Conference sponsored each Summer by FosterClub​ and ODHS
  • ILP Teen Retreat Conference sponsored each Summer by FosterClub and ODHS
  • KINn​ect events sponsored by Kindred Matters including Sibling Camps, Family Camps and monthly sibling connection events​

Regional Events 
Spring Break Camp (specific to Willamette Valley counties)
Some of the Independent Living Programs have joined forces for a free, four-day overnight Spring Break Camp for youth involved with some of the Willamette Valley ILPs. This camp is intended to be four fun-filled days of activities designed specifically for independent living youth working on socialization skills and team building, along with "life learning" activities. Youth cook all of their meals and workshops are set up to work on important life skill topics. This trip is 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 are 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 Tillamook and outlying areas. The camp is held every year in the summer and is located along the Trask River. Days and evenings are filled with fun activities and youth learn important life skills needed to become healthy, independent adults. Campfires, a beach day, some recreational activities such as swimming and basketball at the local YMCA and a tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory are just some of the activities on the agenda, and youth also learn to cook their own meals while there. Youth are supervised by the Independent Living Program Providers and adult volunteer staff. ​Contact Tiffany Beeler for more details at (503) 354-4174. ​