Advisory

Child Welfare Advisory Committee (CWAC)

The 21-member Child Welfare Advisory Committee counsels the agency on the development and administration of the policies, programs and practices. The entire committee meets every other month, with two work groups, Budget/Legislative Concepts and Services to Teens that meet on the alternate months. Membership includes representatives from other state agencies, professional, civic or other private organizations, private citizens interested in service programs and recipients of assistance or services.

Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Task Force

The federally mandated Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Task Force provides to DHS a biennial report and recommendations to improve Oregon’s investigation, prosecution and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect.

The Committee meets quarterly. Membership consists of representatives of the law enforcement community, judges and attorneys, child advocates, health and mental health professionals, individuals experienced in working with children with disabilities and representatives of parents’ groups.

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was originally enacted in 1974 to provide annual federal grants to states, based on the population of children under the age of eighteen, in order to improve their child protective services system. The amendment in 1996 added a new eligibility requirement for states to establish citizen review panels. The panel members are volunteers who broadly represent the community in which the panels are established. Oregon has CAPTA panels in Jackson, Malheur and Multnomah Counties.

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Advisory Committee is to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the leadership of the Oregon Department of Human Services on policy, programs, practice, and data that impact Indian children who are members or eligible for membership in one or more of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon and Indian children who are placed in Oregon who are members of or eligible for membership in tribes outside of Oregon and who are involved or at risk of involvement in the child welfare system in the State.

ICWA Advisory Committee meets four times a year on a quarterly basis. During months preceding the quarterly meetings, when the group does not meet, the members will participate in a phone conference with the DHS Child Welfare Director and/or designee and other DHS leaders and staff to further advance the goals of the Advisory Committee.

Refugee Child Welfare Advisory Committee​ (RCWAC)

The 14-member Refugee Child Welfare Advisory Committee, established by the Oregon Department of Human Services, assists and advises DHS in the development and administration of the policies, programs and practices related to refugee children and families. The members are charged with identifying, developing and certifying family foster homes that meet requirements for placement of refugee children with an emphasis on locating refugee homes and developing training programs for agency employees to insure the availability of culturally sensitive social work.​​​​