From the President:  

About the AFCC Oregon Chapter


As you know, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts began in the 1960s, and quickly emerged as an interdisciplinary, international organization comprised of professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of children through the resolution of family conflict. AFCC promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems - encouraging education, research and innovation, and identifying best practices. Its membership includes judges, lawyers, mediators, evaluators, mental health professionals, academics, researchers, court administrators and public policy makers. To date, 22 states and provinces have local Chapters.


The formation of the AFCC Oregon Chapter began in March 2012 with two individuals who soon solicited involvement from additional professionals, forming the required core group of eight volunteers. At that point, Oregon was officially recognized by AFCC as a newly-forming Chapter. Over the next two years, due to the dedication and commitment of many volunteers, several impressive benchmarks were achieved, including hosting a successful Launch Event and enrolling over 60 Chapter members. The first Chapter Membership Meeting was held in March 2014. A month later, the Chapter Membership elected the founding 15-member Board of Directors and approved Chapter Bylaws. Since then, the Chapter has hosted informal brown-bag discussions, developed its website, achieved 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a non-profit entity, developed a 3-year budget, and conducted its inaugural annual conference. In November 2015, the Oregon Chapter achieved fully chartered status, and we are now planning for the 2nd Annual Oregon Chapter Conference. All of you have contributed to the AFCC Oregon Chapter in various ways. The sustainability of the Oregon Chapter depends entirely on the continued participation of local professionals like you. We all know the time has come for Oregon to have a thriving and active local Chapter!


If you are not an AFCC member, I strongly encourage you to consider becoming one. Take a moment to review the AFCC website and notice the upcoming international conferences, regional trainings, and local conferences; peruse the various AFCC model standards and other publications; browse through the impressive research that has been conducted by AFCC members throughout the world, as published in Family Court Review and other publications; and talk to colleagues who are already well-versed in the vision and accomplishments of AFCC. Once you are convinced that AFCC is a premiere organization that promotes the highest level of integrity and professionalism, and that the AFCC Oregon Chapter is similarly impressive and worthy, extend your participation in some large or small way - join the parent organization and the Oregon Chapter, volunteer your time, make a financial donation, or simply renew your Chapter membership.


And finally, on behalf of the AFCC Oregon Chapter Board of Directors, my sincere gratitude for your enthusiasm and support of this exciting interdisciplinary organization.



Kathleen R. Gillis, Psy.D.

President, AFCC Oregon Chapter


Saville Easley, Vice President
Scott Leibenguth, Secretary
Collin McKean, Treasurer

Tonya Alexander

Laura Backen-Jones, Ph.D.
Nathaline Frener, MS
Honorable Lauren Holland
William Howe, III
Bethany Powers Flint
Laura Rackner

Sara Rich, MSW
Linda Sherman, Ph.D.
Judith Swinney
Honorable Katherine Tennyson



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