Children and Families Commission
The Children and Families Commission brings together the right people to develop creative solutions to complex problems, collaboratively addressing issues beyond the scope of any single organization. Grounded in research and fueled by passion, Commission members combine their influence and experience to break barriers, build capacity, and respond to community needs to maximize the life success of every child in Marion County.
A community where
- Everyone is committed to the well-being of children
- Families are nurtured
- All community members are healthy
- Diversity is honored
- People live and work together, encouraging and supporting one another.
To bring together community efforts and resources to ensure an equal opportunity for all children and families in Marion County to attain their full potential.
Children and Families Commission Meetings
The Children and Families Commission meets once a month, but the schedule is subject to change.. To confirm a meeting date or location, or for more information about the Commission, contact Melinda Hautala at (503) 588-7975 or
2021 CFC and Steering Committee Meeting Schedule
Dr. Chan Hellman and Hope Theory
The Children and Families Commission adheres to Dr. Chan Hellman's research about Hope as a tool for change. According to Dr. Hellman, "at the heart of change is your ability to understand the way things are right now in your life, and that you can begin to imagine the way life could be." The Children and Families Commission is committed to building communities of Hope in Marion County
Information About Hope Theory
Hope As A Psychological Strength
Modified Copy of Hope Worksheet
Camp Hope Child Survey
Hope Introduction Discussion
Hope Building (Modeling)
The Hope Scale
In 2017, the Children and Families Commission welcomed Dr. Hellman to its Together Toward Tomorrow Event.
Together Toward Tomorrow Community Breakfast with Dr. Chan Hellman on the Science and Power of Hope
555 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97301
PO Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (503) 588-7975
Fax: (503) 373-4460