MEDFORD, Ore. – The organizations that provide that safe environment to kids will be getting a boost in funding, thanks to a new license plate. The new design, that will be available next month, will bring additional funding to county programs that help kids statewide. Specific organizations receiving the funding in Jackson County have yet to be decided.
On October 15th, their will be a new choice of license plate at the DMV. The “Keep Kids Safe” plate will be available for an additional $30 for a 2-year registration period and $60 for a 4-year registration.
The funds will be collected by the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon where they will then be distributed to Oregon’s 36 counties proportionally to the number of “Keep Kids Safe” plates in each county. It’s then up to county commissioners to decide which organizations the funds will go.
The Family Nurturing Center in Medford is an organization that could potentially receive some of the additional funding. Director Mary Curtis says the extra funds could go a long way in fighting child abuse. The Jackson County Commissioners Office says they are in the early stages of researching organizations but say they will gather input to find the organizations that best benefit Jackson County.
Officials say the license plate is the result of a grassroots effort in Deschutes County and a push by Representatives Gene Whisnant and Debbie Boone.