Children of all ages and ethnic and racial backgrounds who live in urban, suburban and rural communities across Oregon experience mental and behavioral health needs. The State of Oregon, Health Authority reports that 1 in 8 children and youth in Oregon experience significant behavioral health challenges, and nearly 20% ever gain access to adequate treatment as well as youth or family support. Early intervention, appropriate services, and family support make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families.
OFSN’s mission is about ‘families and youth coming together to promote mental, behavioral, and emotional wellness for other families and youth through education, support, and advocacy’.
OFSN improves the lives of children and youth living with behavioral health challenges and their families by strengthening local and statewide OFSN services and programs.
OFSN gives preference in hiring parents and caregivers raising a child with significant behavioral health needs and know firsthand the difficulty of navigating systems alone.
OFSN provides essential services and supports to families such as, parent peer support, information and advocacy, and connects them to treatment options.
As one parent in Central Oregon stated:
“Staff at OFSN@Wyldwoodz has worked with our family and both our boys together. They have provided us with parent training on Collaborative Problem Solving. This has given us an invaluable tool to use for restoring relationships, minimizing meltdowns, and providing effective communication with our family.”
OFSN’s goal this year is to raise $5,000 to support our work elevating the important role family peer support plays in children’s behavioral health.
Here are some ways you can get involved:
- Show your support for OFSN by making an end-of-year tax deductible gift at:
- and encourage family, friends, and colleagues to do the same.
- Join OFSN’s statewide list-serve to gain more information, as well as ongoing announcements about upcoming events, support groups, and advocacy opportunities.
- Become a sustaining donor to OFSN, and make a monthly pledge based on what you and your family can afford.
- Continue to donate to OFSN between now and December 31, 2016, as part of the holiday season of giving.
- Donate toward OFSN’s Training Scholarship Fund.
- Donate your time and energy to an OFSN program site in your community. OFSN sites currently exist within the following Oregon counties:
Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas
Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Lincoln
Benton, Lane, Linn
Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson
* OFSN welcomes and recognizes any contribution and will send a letter you can use as proof of your tax deductible contribution.
Together we will make it possible for children, youth and young adults living with behavioral health challenges and their families to access an OFSN site around the state who can give them the most important gift of all – Help & Hope.