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In 1993, the Oregon legislature created the Oregon Commission on Children and Families and 36 local commissions in each Oregon county because it recognized a need for a system where government, service providers, non-profits, communities and families could work together to support strong, healthy families.  Local commissions were appointed to develop coordinated systems within their individual counties.   In 1999, the Oregon legislature reaffirmed the commission systemís role and viability in improving outcomes for children, families and communities. 

Click here to see a chronology of the commission system's development.

The Oregon Commission on Children and Families system was established in 1994.  The system consists of a state commission and 36 local commissions for each of the counties in Oregon.  The commission system was established to improve the system of supports for children and families in communities.  There were many advocates for its establishment, the primary force being members of the Children's Care Team established by Speaker of the House Larry Campbell prior to the 1993 legislative session.