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Visiting Information

If you already completed OYA’s criminal background check and are on your youth’s Approved Visitor List:
  • You do not need to go through the process again. 
  • The first time you visit, you will need to sign a Facility Access Form (Englishespañol).
If you are not on your youth’s OYA Approved Visitor List:
  • Turn in a Request to Visit form before coming to visit. (Englishespañol).
  • Please turn in the form at least two weeks before you hope to visit, to give us time to process your request.
  • OYA uses the information on the form to do a criminal background check. If you have an arrest or conviction, it does not always mean you cannot come into the facility — it depends on your situation. If you have an active warrant, we will not let you inside.
  • If you are approved, we will put you on your youth’s OYA Approved Visitor List. You must be on this list in order to visit.
  • The first time you visit, you will need to sign a Facility Access Form (Englishespañol​).

​Who May Visit Youth?

All visitors first must go through the OYA visitor approval process. Typically, close and extended family and other supportive people may visit, but only if they are approved first.

Children younger than 18 may visit if they are approved first, but they must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian who is 18 or older.

Visiting hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Visits are by appointment only.

You must schedule your visit a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Please let us know sooner, if you are able.

To schedule, you may tell your youth when you plan to visit, and they will inform staff. You can also call 541-997-2076.​

If you wear something we think is disruptive or inappropriate, we will not let you wear it during the visit. We are trying to create a positive, family-friendly environment for youth, families, and other visitors.

This includes:
  • Clothing that is ripped in inappropriate places.
  • Clothing that is too revealing. The bottom of dresses, shorts, and skirts must reach at least to your knees.
  • Messages that promote violence, drugs, alcohol, pornography, nudity, gangs, prejudice, or are demeaning to others.
  • Current photo ID: If you are 16 or older, you must have a photo ID to get inside.
  • Automobile key and remote.
  • ​Wallet, puse, backpack, or briefcase.
  • Life-sustaining medicine for yourself (medicine you must have to stay alive, such as an inhaler). It must be in its original container. Please let staff know about it when you arrive.
  • Basic items for an infant, including a diaper bag.
    • ​​Nursing mothers: talk with visitation staff about options.

​​Bringing Items for Youth​

You may bring personal items for your youth at visitation, as long as they do not include contraband.

You do not need advance approval, but staff will search and review all items before giving them to youth. 

Storage space is limited, so please keep that in mind when bringing items for your youth. Items may include:

  • Food or drinks: You may bring items to eat or cook during your visit, or items for your youth to store for later. Alcohol, cannabis products, tobacco, and illegal drugs are not allowed.

  • Pictures

  • Clothing and hygiene products: No aerosol containers; fluids containing alcohol; clothing that references gangs, drugs/alcohol, hate, or obsenities; or anything else on our prohibited items list.

  • Recreational items: This includes items such as books, DVDs, CDs, video games, or media players. No inappropriate content allowed.

  • Money for youth account: This must be mailed or given to staff when you arrive. Checks or money orders only. No cash.


  • Cell phones, watch phones, and other devices that connect to the internet.
  • Weapons or potential weapons.
  • Cameras or audio/video recorders.
  • Tobacco, cannabis products, and vaping products: You may not use these anywhere on the Camp Florence grounds.
  • Illegal drugs or paraphernalia.
  • Alcoholic beverages and fluids containing alcohol.
  • Prescription drugs, unless they are life-sustaining (see “yes” list).

Consequences for Contraband

It is a Class C felony to provide contraband items to youth in custody or to bring those items into an OYA facility without authorization. (ORS 162.185)

If you do not follow the rules about what you may wear, or you try to bring in items that are not allowed, we will not let you into the facility. We also may decide not to let you visit again, depending on the situation.

All personal items you bring into our facility are subject to being searched by our staff.​
  • ​Check in at the front counter. Visitors age 16 and older must show a photo ID at check-in.
  • If you are bringing items for your youth, you will need to give them to staff, who will search them before giving them to your youth.
  • If children younger than 18 are visiting, they must be supervised at all times by their parent or guardian.
  • Visits can happen anywhere on our facility grounds, with a few minor exceptions, as long as our staff are monitoring the visit. Areas and activities include an outdoor gazebo with grill, outdoor basketball area, recreation field, pool table, ping pong table, board games, and video games.
  • Our kitchen and dining areas are available for visitors to cook meals with their youth during visits. If you wish to do this, please coordinate it with our facility staff before your visit.
  • You may take photos with your youth, but you must get staff approval first.
  • Please limit physical contact with your youth to a short embrace at the beginning and end of the visit. Do not contact any other youth or families, other than a casual greeting.

​Restricting or Denying Visits

  • ​​Please be respectful to OYA staff, youth, and other visitors during your visit. This includes following staff directions and using appropriate language. We work hard to create a positive, family-friendly environment for all youth and visitors.
  • Staff may restrict or deny a youth's visiting privileges, and may deny visitors entry into Camp Florence or make them leave for reasons related to safety, security, and facility order. If visitors do not behave appropriately or try to bring in something that is not allowed, we will ask them to leave and may not allow them to visit again.
  • If the facility has a sudden safety or security issue, it is possible that visits may be delayed or cancelled at the last minute. This is rare, but sometimes it happens.

​In lieu of an in-person visit, youth are allowed to video call those on their approved contact list. 

We use Skype for Business for video visits. You will need an email address and a Skype for Business account.

To set up a video visit, contact Tom Schuenemann at 541-997-2076 x24, or Thomas.Schueneman@oya.state.or.us​.

Skype Guide for Families - English

Guía de Skype para familias - español

 


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