Keeping youth and families in the center
What is DHS Doing to Keep Children and Youth Safe?
DHS believes that the best place for youth is with his or her family of origin when it is safe. The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan was developed to address identified gaps in the Child Welfare Program and child caring systems throughout the state. This implementation plan responds to the independent review of child and youth safety conducted by Public Knowledge between February and September 2016. Implementation project work crosses DHS programs. It is built upon trauma informed and culturally informed principles with youth and families in the center. The plan will engage a broad range of partners, including foster youth and foster care families, in an inclusive and transparent way. The portfolio of projects will be run out of the Department of Human Service Director’s Office.
The Unified Youth Safety Implementation Plan for Oregon aims to achieve five strategic goals:
- Build trust between DHS, certified families and licensed child caring agency providers, and youth receiving DHS services;
- Ensure child and youth needs are considered when delivering services, especially substitute care placement decisions;
- Ensure swift, safe and comprehensive response to reports of child abuse;
- Cultivate a youth-centered, safety-first culture within DHS;
- Retain, train, develop and recruit certified families and licensed child caring agency providers that meet or exceed the applicable standards for substitute care providers.
The Child Safety Plan has over 80 projects that our Steering Team prioritized to 10 projects. Learn more about the 10 priority projects.