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Statutes

Oregon Revised Statutes that relate to Family Support

417.300 Purpose of ORS 417.305 
417.305 Legislative findings relating to serving children and families
417.705 Definitions for ORS 417.705 to 417.797 
Note Report to Legislative Assembly--1999 c.1053 §45 
417.708 Legislative findings relating to young children 
417.710 Statement of purpose 
417.715 Policy; service system values and goals 
417.720 Characteristics of service system
417.725 Key elements of system; family resource and community learning centers.

417.300 Purpose of ORS 417.305.
The purpose of ORS 417.305 is to establish a state policy for serving Oregon’s children and families, in recognition that addressing the needs, strengths and assets of children necessarily requires addressing the needs, strengths and assets of families and communities, and to direct state agencies to work in partnership with local communities to plan, coordinate and provide programs accordingly. [1989 c.834 §2; 1999 c.1053 §1]
 
417.305 Legislative findings relating to serving children and families.
(1) The Legislative Assembly finds and declares that:
    (a) Children are our future;
    (b) Healthy children and families are of fundamental importance to the vitality of Oregon;
    (c) Children are entitled to safety and health;
    (d) All children deserve love, respect and guidelines for responsible behavior;
    (e) Families should be supported and strengthened;
    (f) Communities provide the context for healthy children and families, and strong families
        and healthy communities are interdependent; and
    (g) Economic opportunity and social cohesion are essential for healthy communities.

(2) The Legislative Assembly recognizes that demands on families, created in part by changes in family structures and relationships, intensify the need for Oregon to support children and families toward the goals of family stability and broader access for children, youth and families to:
    (a) The best possible physical and mental health;
    (b) Adequate food and safe physical shelter;
    (c) A safe and healthy environment;
    (d) The highest quality child care;
    (e) The highest quality of educational opportunity;
    (f)  Quality education;
    (g) Effective training, apprenticeship and productive employment;
    (h) A range of civic, cultural, educational, family support and positive youth development
         programs and activities that promote self-esteem, involvement and a sense of
         community;
    (i) Community services that are efficient, coordinated and readily available; and
    (j) Genuine participation in decisions concerning the planning and managing of their lives
        and respect for such decisions.

(3) In the interest of ensuring coordination of all children and family services and education programs provided by or funded by the state and the effective use of state resources, the state shall:
    (a) Develop a plan for appropriating adequate funds;
    (b) Develop a cooperative partnership among state agencies that serve children, youth and
         families;
    (c) Establish state priorities; develop and implement service standards that reflect a
         balanced and comprehensive range of services for all children, youth and families;
         monitor and evaluate services and ensure accessibility of services for all children, youth
         and families; and
    (d) Actively seek the advice of local governmental jurisdictions, providers of services,
         educators, the private business sector, citizens and youth in effecting this subsection.

(4) The Legislative Assembly finds that, in order to fulfill the purposes of this section, service delivery systems for children and families shall include:
    (a) Cooperative partnerships among state agencies that serve children, youth and families;
    (b) Methods of accountability to measure effectiveness of state-funded programs; and
    (c) Use of public resources for programs and services that move the state toward meeting
         the goals described in subsection (2) of this section. [1989 c.834 §3; 1991 c.715 §1;
         1999 c.1053 §2; 2001 c.182 §1; 2001 c.831 §10a; 2003 c.293 §1]

417.705 Definitions for ORS 417.705 to 417.797.
As used in ORS 417.705 to 417.797:
(1) “Community mobilization” means government and private efforts to increase community awareness and facilitate the active participation of citizens and organizations in projects and issues that will have positive impact on the well-being of children, families and communities.

(2) “Efficiency” means a measurable indicator of the amount of resources required to produce an output.

(3) “High-level outcome” means the Oregon benchmarks adopted by the Oregon Progress Board and any other measurable indicators of societal well-being.

(4) “Intermediate outcome” means a measurable indicator of the effort by an agency or other entity toward achieving a high-level outcome target.

(5) “Local commission” means a local commission on children and families established pursuant to ORS 417.760.

(6) “Local coordinated comprehensive plan” or “local plan” means a local coordinated comprehensive plan for children and families that is developed pursuant to ORS 417.775 through a process coordinated and led by a local commission and that consists of:
    (a) A community plan that identifies the community’s needs, strengths, goals, priorities
         and strategies for:
              (A) Creating positive outcomes for children and families;
              (B) Community mobilization;
              (C) Coordinating programs, strategies and services for children who are 0 through
                   18 years of age and their families among community groups, government
                   agencies, private providers and other parties; and
              (D) Addressing the needs of target populations; and
    (b) The service plans listed in ORS 417.775 (6) that designate specific services for the
         target populations identified in the community plan.

(7) “Outcome” means the measure of a desired result.

(8) “Output” means the amount or frequency of products or services delivered by an agency or other entity.

(9) “Performance measure” includes outcomes, outputs and efficiencies that indicate how well an agency or other entity is carrying out its mission and achieving its goals.

(10) “Services for children and families” does not include services provided by the Department of Education or school districts that are related to curriculum or instructional programs.

(11) “State commission” means the State Commission on Children and Families established under ORS 417.730.

(12) “Target” means a specific level of achievement desired for a specific time, expressed numerically. [1993 c.676 §30; 1999 c.1053 §3; 2003 c.148 §1; 2003 c.553 §1]
 
Note: Section 45, chapter 1053, Oregon Laws 1999, provides:
Sec. 45. Report to Legislative Assembly. (1) The State Commission on Children and Families, the Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs shall report to the Seventy-second Legislative Assembly, and to the Seventy-third Legislative Assembly by February 1, 2005, on the implementation of chapter 1053, Oregon Laws 1999, on both the state and local levels.
(2) The State Commission on Children and Families shall include in the report recommendations on any additional proposals contained in “A Positive Future for Oregon’s Children and Families” by the 1991-1992 Oregon Children’s Care Team Interim Task Force that should be undertaken. [1999 c.1053 §45; 2003 c.148 §5]

417.708 Legislative findings relating to young children.
The Legislative Assembly finds:
(1) The first three years of life are a crucial period in a child’s life, and during this period a child is sensitive to the protective mechanisms of parental and family support.

(2) Brain development that takes place during the first year of life is rapid and extensive and has implications for lifelong physical, social-emotional and cognitive well-being. [2001 c.831 §2]
 
417.710 Statement of purpose.
Subject to the availability of funds there for and the specific provisions of ORS 417.705 to 417.797 and 419A.170, it is the purpose of ORS 417.705 to 417.797 and 419A.170 to:
(1) Authorize the State Commission on Children and Families to set statewide guidelines for the planning, coordination and delivery of services for children and families in conjunction with other state agencies and other planning bodies;

(2) Vest in local commissions on children and families the authority to distribute state and federal funds allocated to the local commissions to supervise services or to purchase services for children and families in the local area and to supervise the development of the local coordinated comprehensive plan;

(3) Provide a process for comprehensive local planning for services for children and families to provide local services that are consistent with statewide guidelines;

(4) Retain in the state the responsibility for funding of services for children and families through a combination of local, state and federal funding, including the leveraging of public and private funds available under ORS 417.705 to 417.797 and 419A.170; and

(5) Retain state supervision of child protection and other services that should be uniform throughout the state and that are necessarily the state’s responsibility. [1993 c.676 §1; 1999 c.1053 §4; 2003 c.553 §2]
 
417.715 Policy; service system values and goals.
(1) It is the intent of the Legislative Assembly to enable families and communities to protect, nurture and realize the full physical, social, emotional, cognitive and cultural developmental potential of children in Oregon. Toward this end, the Legislative Assembly shall develop and implement a statewide system of services that is preventive, integrated in local communities and accessible to children and families and that focuses on promoting the wellness of Oregon’s children.

(2) The service system shall be based on promoting the wellness of Oregon’s children and families. The following values shall guide the design and implementation of this system:
    (a) A commitment to children that ranks them as Oregon’s first priority;
    (b) A commitment to reducing the number of Oregon’s children and families living in
        poverty;
    (c) A commitment to equitable treatment of gender in both services and funding;
    (d) A view that strengthening families is of paramount concern, but that child safety must
        come first if a conflict between the well-being of a child and the well-being of a family
        arises;
    (e) A recognition of the central role of families as the best place for children to develop;
    (f)  A realization that good parenting skills are fundamental to a healthy society;
    (g) A sensitivity to diversity that requires culturally competent services respectful of
        genders, cultures, orientations and disabilities;
    (h) An offering of opportunities for children to develop self-worth and concern for others, and
         to reach their full potential;
    (i) A fundamental assumption that children should be provided the means to attain safety
       and good health; and
    (j) A commitment to early detection and treatment of families at risk for child abuse and
        neglect.
(3) The service system shall emphasize:
    (a) Services designed to identify risks and nurture potential at the earliest time in a child’s
         life;
    (b) Services designed to respond to and reduce risks at the earliest possible point of
         detection;
    (c) A comprehensive continuum of services such as prevention, early intervention and
         treatment for children in all age groups;
    (d) The realization that funding one age group or gender of children at the expense of
         another is destructive of the wellness of children; and
    (e) That maintenance and enhancement of treatment services and augmentation of
         preventive services are paramount to the effective delivery of services to children and
         families.

(4) The service system must begin at the local level, through cooperation and integration of all local and state providers, treat the whole person and be built on the strengths and natural supports of neighborhoods and communities. [1993 c.676 §1a]
 
417.720 Characteristics of service system.
The characteristics of the service system developed and implemented under ORS 417.705 to 417.797 and 419A.170 are that the system:
(1) Is non-stigmatizing;

(2) Is available and accessible when needed and is based on the perspective of children and families and, whenever possible, allows families to design their own service programs, based on assessment of their needs and their solutions and resources for change;

(3) Is outcome-oriented;
(4) Is integrated;

(5) Recognizes the contributions of the system’s workers;

(6) Promotes in the community a sense of responsibility for self and others and is committed to the well-being of children as well as support for families;

(7) Emphasizes local planning for children and families and integrates local needs with statewide goals;

(8) Provides services locally in a process that encourages partnerships, alliances and efficient use of resources; and

(9) Provides local service delivery systems that build on the unique strengths of the county or community. [1993 c.676 §2]
 
417.725 Key elements of system; family resource and community learning centers. (1) Key elements of the service system developed and implemented under ORS 417.705 to 417.797 and 419A.170 are:
(a) A two-to-seven-year incremental implementation process with measurable outcomes;
(b) An implementation process resulting in a voluntary system based on nurturing human development; and
(c) A service continuum based on promoting wellness for the children of Oregon whose parents have given their express written consent. Family resource centers and community learning centers as defined in ORS 329.007 are a viable, but not the exclusive, structure for delivering a service continuum.
(2) If a system of family resource centers and community learning centers is selected by a local commission on children and families established pursuant to ORS 417.760 to deliver services, the centers:
(a) May serve as the prevention arm of the voluntary delivery system and may link and integrate neighborhood-based services with the intent that services be available to all families who have given their express written consent to promote their children’s wellness;
(b) Shall involve parents in the care and education of their children;
(c) Shall involve the local community in developing and overseeing family resource center programs and community learning center programs;
(d) Shall be consistent with the local coordinated comprehensive plan; and
(e) Shall incorporate the requirements specified for community learning centers under ORS 329.156. [1993 c.676 §3; 2001 c.831 §10; 2003 c.153 §1