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A building in downtown Salem houses the leased central offices of the Commission on Children and Families. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

A building in downtown Salem houses the leased central offices of the Commission on Children and Families. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Commission on Children and Families (OCCF) is an entrepreneurial catalyst that brings critical community partners together to get better outcomes for children and families. The commission’s vision is that Oregon’s children and youth will be safe, healthy, well-educated, employable and valued contributors to their communities. Created by legislation in 1993 and further defined by SB 555 in 1999, OCCF is responsible for statewide planning, system improvement and policy development, and provides communities with research-based best practices to inform local programs serving children and families. All 36 Oregon counties have a Local Commission on Children and Families that coordinates local efforts.


Funds administered through the Commission include: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a cadre of volunteer citizens appointed on a case-by-case basis to represent the best interests of children who are victims of abuse and neglect; Children, Youth and Families, supporting prevention initiatives for children, prenatal to 18 years of age, and their families; Great Start, designed to help ensure Oregon’s youngest children, prenatal through eight years of age, reach the first grade with good physical, social, intellectual and emotional development; Healthy Start Family Support Services, which provides voluntary comprehensive risk assessment and support services, including community-based home visiting and referral to other community resources to all newly born children and their families; Relief Nurseries, which provide parenting education, mental health services, substance abuse assessment and counseling, respite from parenting, and therapeutic early childhood programs; Safe and Stable Families, a federal grant that promotes the expansion of family support and family preservation services; and Youth Investment, a federal grant to benefit non-delinquent youth who are chronically acting out and who are victims of neglect.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 530 Center St. NE, Suite 405, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-373-1283
Fax: 503-378-8395
Contact: Mickey Lansing
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Sandra Flickinger
Records Officer Email: Greg Current
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 417.705–417.825, 417.900, 419.170
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog