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About Us

The Douglas County Commission on Children and Families engages citizens, communities, organizations and agencies in planning and decision making processes around issues, supports and services for children and families.

The Douglas County Commission on Children and Families meets the
3rd Tuesday of every month, 5:30pm 
Douglas Education Service District
1871 NE Stephens Street, Roseburg, Oregon

Dates and locations of the monthly meetings are subject to change.  To confirm a monthly meeting or for more information about the Commission, contact staff.

Our Core Responsibilities

The Douglas County Commission on Children and Families is responsible for developing and recommending to the Board of Commissioners a Douglas County Coordinated Comprehensive Plan for Children and Families. Two additional commission responsibilities are mobilizing communities to improve family well-being, and building a comprehensive family support system. The commission offers a model, and vast experience, in planning, coordinating services, and engaging communities for collaborative efforts. These capacities increase Douglas County’s ability to serve the common good with limited public resources.

§         Planning:  Facilitate the Coordinated Comprehensive Planning in Douglas County
The coordinated comprehensive planning process engages communities in assessing their needs, assets and strengths, and examining their capacity to support children, youth, and families. Community partners come together to produce an integrated, coordinated plan and ensure that the service delivery system is more collaborative, more inclusive, and more effective.  Click here for Planning in Douglas County.

§         Mobilize Communities to Support Children and Families  Since its creation in 1993, the Douglas County Commission on Children and Families has been committed to engaging local communities in planning and decision making.  Click here to find out more about what is happening in local communities around Douglas County.

§         Create and Sustain a Family Support System
Today’s new breed of services, often labeled family support, is gaining momentum. This approach replaces past orientations that focused on deficit-oriented services and shifts the emphasis to a wellness model that builds on the family strengths, intervening to support families before problems arise.  Click here to find out more about Family Support Systems in Douglas County.

Click here to see the Oregon Revised Statutes that apply to
local commission's membership and purpose.

Commission Members

* designates Executive Committee membership

Lois Allen,*  Chairperson and former Roseburg mayor



Barbara Matthews*, Retired teacher



Les Esparza,* Physical therapist


Landa Baily, Deputy District Attorney


Cindy Shirtcliff, Dental services advisor, Advantage Dental


Bruce Justis,* Retired Winston Police Chief


Dave Gianotti, Riddle School District Superintendent


Shirley Petterson, Business representative


Steve Schenewerk*, Pastor


Suzy McAmis, Children's Director, Redeemer's Fellowship