Supporting children with disabilities, their families, and communities in Creating Opportunities together.

Family Networks

The Oregon Consortium of Family Networks

Oregon Consortium of Family Networks

The Oregon Consortium of Family Networks, a project of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services, is an association of family networks committed to a set of core values. Each member is an independent, family-led organization working in collaboration with community partners and each other.

This project began in recognition that families are the primary source of support throughout the lifespan of a person with developmental disability, and that supports must be provided to the family so that they have the capacity to do so. Supported families are more likely to be able to raise their children at home, envision their children as active community members, and raise children who become empowered, employed, interdependent adults.

The Oregon Consortium of Family Networks believes that when parents connect with other parents that can share a vision of possibility, and help each other find strength, they break the cycle of loneliness and isolation for each other, and in turn, their children, in a unique way that only a parent can.

By facilitating opportunities for families to connect with other families in an organic and fun way and by thinking creatively to support them in accessing and creating resources in the community.

By facilitating opportunities for the community to better engage with families by helping the community to understand that disability is a natural part of the human condition, and that the diversity within the community, creates the community.

OCFN Shared Values
  • Support must help families find empowerment
  • Family knowledge, strength, and diversity must be recognized
  • Family and community are connected – each helping to build the other
  • Connections among families build individual and community strength
  • Family diversity and family choice must be respected
  • Family leadership must be recognized and encouraged in the many forms it may be expressed
  • Families must be supported to be deeply integrated in cultural and geographic community
  • Communities that embrace families with children with disabilities will be stronger communities for all
  • Supported families will build stronger communities for all
  • Community-building requires contribution
  • There is a role for both disability and non disability “worlds”
  • Empowered families must intersect with empowered communities

Family Networks share the belief that peer delivered family support celebrates families as the tremendous resource they are. They recognize that while families build community, community also builds families, and while formal family support programs are crucial, supporting families involves more than a single program. Together, we are building a sustainable future for families.

For additional information, visit the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities website at

 Family Networks in Oregon
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