Children First for Oregon

aka CFFO   |   Portland, OR   |  www.cffo.org
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Mission

Children First for Oregon's mission is to make long-term, systemic change by advocating for policies and programs that keep children healthy and safe, and strengthen families.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Tonia Hunt

Main address

PO Box 14914

Portland, OR 97293 USA

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EIN

94-3168157

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

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United for Kids

United for Kids creates a unified Children's Agenda with expertise from nearly 100 advocacy organizations and activates a voter base to advocate for legislative solutions that improve the economic security, education, health and safety of kids.

Population(s) Served

Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC), a program of Children First for Oregon (CFFO), trains current and former foster youth to advocate for changes in the foster care system.

Population(s) Served

Child Abuse Prevention is a new initiative through a formal partnership between Children First for Oregon and Children's Trust Fund of Oregon. This initiative will focus on research and system improvements to prevent child abuse.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The primary objective for Children First for Oregon is the success of the United for Kids initiative, a collaborative systemic change venture that aims to increase opportunities and reduce disparities for Oregon children who are currently being left out and left behind. As convener and coordinator of United for Kids, Children First for Oregon works to build a unified and powerful voice for children and a prioritized children's policy agenda based on the partnership and expertise of our peers from communities representing the most vulnerable.

Immediate outcomes: Increased coordination and effectiveness among community voices speaking for the needs of at-risk children. Long-term outcomes: reduce Oregon's child poverty rate from 22% to 15% or lower; Reduce the rate of children who are confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in Oregon from 12.0 victims per 1,000 to 9.0 victims per 1,000 or lower; Reduce food insecurity for children from 15% to 9% of Oregon families or lower. These long-term outcomes provide just a few examples of the large scale, population-level changes that are achievable when policy aligns with the interests of children.

Only by reducing disparities and improving outcomes for all children, can Oregon become the best place to be a kid. The goal of United for Kids and the Children's Agenda is increased opportunities and improved outcomes for children in Oregon who are currently being excluded or left behind because of poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, geography, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. All United for Kids partners agree to work together toward this goal. CFFO and our collaborative partners propose to advance policy and systems change work that addresses oppression and disparity by prioritizing the coordinated and collective children's policy agenda on issues impacting our children.
In 2017 CFFO and United for Kids will work collaboratively to:
• Convene Children's Agenda partners to produce a collective and the first “shared" agenda among more than 90 Children's Agenda Partners.
• Focus on select agenda items based on those that are identified as shared goals.
• Engage in high volume constituency building to recruit 35,000 United for Kids members.
• Establish consistent and ongoing communication protocols for stakeholder recruitment, cultivation, management, and stewardship.
• Leverage stakeholders to contribute to brand expansion.

United for Kids is a collaborative strategy to achieve meaningful policy change by leveraging a unified Children's Agenda that corrects systemic inequities, prioritizes critical issues, and provides every Oregon child with the opportunity to thrive. CFFO is the coordinating agency and host for the United for Kids initiative, which was developed by utilizing years of data-driven policy research and advocacy work. This innovative approach closes the gap between public concern for kids and meaningful support of pro-child policies in Oregon.

United for Kids is on track to be a nationally-recognized model of collective impact in children's advocacy and system change work. With more than 90 organizations now a part of the Children's Agenda, United for Kids has become the hub for coordination and leverage for systemic improvements to the programs and policies that serve children and families in our state. We are building a community of professionals who have previously worked in issue silos - too often creating competition and confusion regarding the steps to make Oregon the best place to be a kid. This community of policy experts, service providers, and advocates now works together through the Children's Agenda to share information, resources, and influence to begin “pulling our oars in the same direction" to benefit children in our state.

While we have made important progress in building coordination and strength for children's policy efforts, there is more work to do within the Children's Agenda community to streamline policy recommendations. For the first time in Oregon history, the 2017 Children's Agenda is scheduled to include policy recommendations endorsed by more than 90 organizations committed to policy work related to child well-being. These “shared" agenda items will move us one step closer to a prioritized Children's Agenda, clarifying the most pressing and achievable policy goals for children and families in Oregon. A prioritized Children's Agenda is planned for 2019.

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Children First for Oregon

Board of directors
as of 01/27/2017
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Board chair

Christine Reynolds

Senior Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP

Term: 2009 - 2016

Felicia Tripp-Folsom

Deputy Director, Portland Housing Center

Bob Lawrence

Communications Consultant

Kristine Phillips Evertz

Associate Lobbyist, Summit Strategies

Jessica Ritter

Associate Professor & Social Work Program Director, Pacific University

Christine Reynolds

Senior Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP

Shawn DuBurg

Managing Director – Portland Market Leader, Opus Bank

Drew Henrie-McWilliams

Chief Executive Officer, Morrison Child and Family Services

Ken Hick

President/CEO, RNWI

Annabelle Jaramillo

Benton County Board of Commissioners

Robin Johnson

Director of Equity Advancement, Center for Equity and Inclusion

Annette Mattson

Government Affairs and Public Policy Specialist, Portland General Electric

Martin Taylor

Director of Public Policy, CareOregon

Hanna Vaandering

President, Oregon Education Association

James Crouser

Community Volunteer

Kathy Calcagno

Wealth Advisor, First Republic Investment Management

Sharon Soliday

CEO, The Hello Foundation

Megan McAninch-Jones

Program Manager, Community Benefit & Grants, Providence Health & Services

Carolyn Sheldon

Community Volunteer

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes