History and Objectives
What is the State Commission on Children and Families?
The Oregon Legislature created the Commission on Children and Families in 1993. An eleven member State Commission was charged with bringing together under one organization the responsibility for supporting community efforts aimed at children from birth to age eighteen. Each of Oregon's 36 counties participate in the State Commission on Children and Families Act and has a local Commission comprising committed volunteers appointed by their County Board of Commissioners. Josephine County's Commission comprised of 13 members who serve as advisors to their county on children and family issues, assess the strengths and needs within the county, and develop strategies to positively support children and families. All recommendations made by the Commission Advisory Board are submitted to the County’s Board of Commissioners for approval.
What does the Josephine County Commission for Children and Families do?
The Josephine County Commission for Children and Families plans, advocates, and stimulates the community to act on behalf of children, youth and families, promoting their health, safety, and well being. In addition, Josephine County Commission for Children and Families manages state and federal grant funds that come to Josephine County through the State Commission on Children and Families Act.
What is the time commitment?
Each Josephine County Commission for Children and Families' member averages five volunteer hours per month. They attend monthly commission meetings and committee meetings, research issues, and work on special projects such as organizing community discussion groups, visiting programs, making presentations to community civic groups, and participate in statewide work groups.