Resources & Research

Family Engagement

Family Find

Family Group Conferencing Practice

Family Connections Research

Family Connections Oregon (FCO) was a three-year demonstration project funded by the Children’s Bureau in which a co-located coordinator provided a package of services - intensive family finding and engagement, family group conferencing, and follow-up - within the first 60 days of a child’s out-of-home placement. These practices are continuing in Oregon through a IV-E waiver demonstration project called Leveraging Intensive Family Engagement (LIFE).

Family Voice in Oregon

Through funding from Family Connections Oregon- Morrison Child and Family Services developed a strategic plan for the creation of a Parent Advisory Council (PAC) to advise Oregon Department of Human Services at the state level on policy and implementation across a range of initiatives. Morrison was successful in bringing together 45 parent leaders from 7 counties in Oregon who participated in a Parent Leadership Training [designed by parents, for parents, by Parents Anonymous of Oregon Parent Mentor Program]. Resulting from this empowering training, 14 members were selected to ultimately become the PAC.

The PAC has quarterly strategic planning meetings with the Director of the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare. In particular, the PAC is assisting in identifying the challenges families are experiencing and the lack of services of or gap in services for families. The PAC also gives input and prepares comments for the Director regarding DHS' key initiatives and policy issues.  The Director of Parents Anonymous and DHS have identified funding for the next five years to maintain PAC with dedicated funding for a part-time Program Manager position. The PAC will make a meaningful contribution to improve overall outcomes for families involved with DHS in Oregon. To learn more, go to