Oregon Consortium of Family Networks (OCFN)
Oregon Consortium of Family Networks (OCFN)
Families building community; Creating futures
The following information is provided in Spanish below:
Why Family Networks?
OCFN believes that when parents connect with other parents that can share a vision of possibility, and help each other find strength, they break the cycle of loneliness and isolation for each other, and in turn, their children, in a unique way that only a parent can.
OCFN Works in Two Ways:
1. By facilitating opportunities for families to connect with other families in an organic and fun way and by thinking creatively to support them in accessing and creating resources in the community.
2. By facilitating opportunities for the community to better engage with families by helping the community to understand that disability is a natural part of the human condition, and that the diversity within the community, creates the community.
OCFN Shared Values
- Support must help families find empowerment
- Family knowledge, strength, and diversity must be recognized
- Family and community are connected - each helping to build the other
- Connections among families build individual and community strength
- Family diversity and family choice must be respected
- Family leadership must be recognized and encouraged in the many forms it may be expressed
- Families must be supported to be deeply integrated in cultural and geographic community
- Communities that embrace families with children with disabilities will be stronger communities for all
- Supported families will build stronger communities for all
- Community-building requires contribution
- There is a role for both disability and non disability “worlds”
- Empowered families must intersect with empowered communities
What is OCFN?
We are a network of families building a sustainable future for families.
Family Networks share the belief that peer delivered family support celebrates families as the tremendous resource they are. They recognize that while families build community, community also builds families, and while formal family support programs are crucial, supporting families involves more than a single program.
Background: The Oregon Consortium of Family Networks, a project of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services, is an association of family networks committed to a set of core values. Each member is an independent, family-led organization working in collaboration with community partners and each other.
Who is OCFN?
Central Oregon Disability Support Network (CODSN) (Deshutes, Crook, and Jefferson Counties)
CODSN was started by two moms, in 2003. In 2010 CODSN developed an official board of directors and received their IRS non-profit status. Now in 2011 with sustained growth and a name change, the Central Oregon Disability Support Network has expanded their services to support families experiencing any disability.
Creating Opportunities (Polk, Yamhill and Marion Counties)
Creating Opportunities is a community organization developed for the primary purpose of supporting families of children with developmental disabilities who live in Polk, Yamhill and Marion Counties.
Contact information: 503-559-3674
Families Engaging and Thriving Together (FEATT) (Douglas County)
Family and Community Together (FACT) (Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Lincoln, Multnomah, Tillamook, Wasco, and Washington Counties)
Formed in 2002, FACT (formerly the Family Action Coalition Team*) is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing developmental disabilities, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems and attitudes, through family support, advocacy and partnerships. Majority of our Board of Directors are family members of a person with a disability. FACT strives to:
- Strengthen the voice of Oregon families raising children experiencing disability
- Connect families to families
- Provide and promote peer delivered family support
- Create opportunities for meaningful collaboration
Contact Information: 503-786-6082 or toll free 1-888-988-3228 ext. 302
Families for Community (Jackson and Josephine Counties)
Families for Community exists to create community among families who have children who experience disabilities of all kinds, through relationships and support opportunities.
ROCCOS Family Network (Gilliam, Wheeler, Morrow, Grant, Harney and Lake Counties)
ROCCOS Family Network exists to encourage and equip families of children with disabilities to actively engage and embrace community; creating acceptance and inclusion for all.
Families Connected (Lane County)
Families Connected is a program within The Arc Lane County. It exists to connect families in a new way and build peer support through community for families with a child with a developmental disability.