Moving To/From Oregon

Parents tell us...

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"I learned services aren't the same in every state or county." "We were nervous about moving to rural Oregon and didn't know if we could find the right care for our daughter. The parent partner showed us where to start." "We wanted to move closer to my sister. Unfortunately she didn't know was what available in her area."

If you are moving from Oregon you can get help at the Family to Family Health Information Center in your new state.

Moving to Oregon

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A few tips:

Use our checklist to help you prepare ahead of time: Moving with a child with special health needs checklist

Services in your current state or country will be delivered differently in Oregon. Depending on where you move from, you may receive more or fewer services. 

  • Each county in Oregon may have slightly different procedures and/or limitations on services. For example, some counties may have waiting lists for services while others do not. Find out which cities are in which counties here.
  • If you are flexible about what county you can live in, you may wish to call several counties and compare service systems. For instance, the Portland metropolitan area has three different counties, each with slightly different service systems.
  • Before you move, contact the agencies you may need and ask to talk with a supervisor or manager from that program.  Take time to tell them about your child's diagnosis and needs. Ask all of the questions you have, take good notes, and write down the name of the person you talked to. With this information, it will be easier to hit the ground running when you arrive.
  • Oregon does not have a centralized resource for home-based respite care.  Although some children will qualify for respite care through a number of Oregon Programs, there is not one central "registry" or system to contact before you arrive.  If respite care is vital to your family, be sure to mention it to all of the programs that you talk to.
  • Unlike some states, Oregon does not have"one-stop" or centralized care coordination services. Your child may have a care coordinator at their doctor's office, one through the health department, one through their insurance plan, and one through the developmental disabilities system. It sounds complicated but we can help you navigate the new system!

If you currently receive federal benefits such as SSI or Social Security, those benefits will not change from state to state, but you will need to register a change of address with the federal government.  

How should I apply for the Oregon Health Plan? Are we qualified?

Navigating Health Insurance

Finding health care providers

Finding child care/respite: Birth to 5,  Finding school age childcare/respite

Disability programs in your county

Special education report cards

Finding school districts

School services:

Early learning Birth to 5,  School 6-12Learning for 13-17Advanced Education and training for 18-26

Finding support and new friends

Child Development Coalition and Migrant Education Service locations

Immigrant and refugee support:

Almost all refugees and many immigrants come to Oregon via Portland. After they are resettled can move anywhere in Oregon. This map shows the timeline and agencies that help with refugee and immigrant resettlement in the Portland area.

Resettlement Services Map    Instructions for, and description of, service map

IRCO Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, LCSNW Lutheran Community Services NW, Impact NW Slavic Services, Catholic Charities, I-SOS Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, SOAR Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees  Ecumenical Ministries ROSS Russian Oregon Social Services, Family Voices: Immigrant Toolkit