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Welcome to the Oregon Youth Authority

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OYA's charge is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable for their behavior.

We continue to improve our treatment, education, and job training services to provide youth with the opportunity to learn personal responsibility and develop the skills and behaviors they need to make positive choices for themselves.

We are a national leader in using evidence-based, effective treatment practices to prevent youth from committing additional crimes and to teach them pro-social behaviors.
Our goal is to help youth lead crime-free lives and become productive members of their communities. 
About OYA Current Topics
OYA Facilities and Offices
For information on whether OYA offices will be open during inclement weather, including its administrative offices in Salem, please click here for Oregon government building closure information by county.
If you are wondering about the weather’s impact on visitation hours at a facility, please call the facility directly to check before you make the trip.  Click the appropriate facility link above for contact information.
Information for Parents and Families


Keeping Environments Safe



​Learn about OYA's plans for monitoring and dealing with potential environmental issues in our facilities. 

Testing Water for Lead​ ​

Asbestos in Facilities Fact Sheet | Asbesto en los centros de la Correccional Juvenil de Oregon

Testing Water for Arsenic at MacLaren

Video - Why family engagement is important

How Oregon's juvenile justice system works (pdf)

Oregon County Juvenile Departments

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Overall Picture

OYA at a Glance (pdf)​

OYA Today: Quick Facts

Key Initiatives 
Transformation at OYA

Evidence-Based Practices

JJIS Modernization 

Youth Safety and Professional Standards

OYA Employees as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse

OYA's Professional Standards and Expectations

OYA News  

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Letting in the Light

OYA Foster Care: Family Stories

Meet the employees of OYA

New Beginnings College Scholarship Program

New Beginnings is a scholarship program that helps youth with no other resources take online college classes.