DHS is an organization created to serve the public. What is the best way to know what people need? Ask them! We have heard that DHS does not always communicate well with families and partners, and they are not always included as a part of the team. This project will create a plan to involve community partners and those closest to the services in a meaningful way. It makes way for DHS to build strong relationships that last so that families and partners can tell us what they need and when they need it.
2018 DHS Child Welfare Action Plan District Tour
The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) releases the Child Welfare 2018 District Listening Tour report.
In January 2018, the DHS Director, Fariborz Pakseresht, and Child Welfare Program Director, Marilyn Jones, launched the tour across the state. Pakseresht and Jones visited 30 counties in 2018 with six counties to visit: District 1 (Tillamook, Clatsop and Columbia Counties) and District 14 (Malheur, Harney and Grant Counties). The listening tour will be completed in 2019.
Child Welfare’s vision is that every child and family is empowered to live independent, safe, healthy lives. The department collected more than 3,000 responses from community and DHS staff. The tours aimed to engage, build trust and find ways to build better connections with communities. The report shares what was heard and how to guide the department’s efforts in fulfilling its strategic direction and mission.
“This was a great way for the department to hear directly from the people and communities we serve around child safety,” Jones said. Discussion topics during the tour included:
- Capacity and placement matching
- Child abuse or neglect reporting and response
- Staff training, retention and recruitment
- Relationship with the community and supporting foster parents
- Improving policy and communications
- Data informed decision making
Participation in the listening tour was extremely valuable to Child Welfare leadership as they work to improve the child safety system. Thank you to all the current and former foster youth, parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, community partners, Tribal Nations, volunteers, legal representatives, elected officials, stakeholders and Child Welfare staff who shared their time, perspectives and thoughtful ideas to better support the most vulnerable children across our state.
Meet Oregon DHS Leadership at the Community Forum in Bend
Here is a preview of the community forum in Bend. Join us at a forum near you!
Save the Dates
- Bend - Wednesday, January 3rd at 5:30 PM
1300 NW Wall Street, Bend, OR - (Agenda)
- Oregon City - Tuesday, January 16th at 4:30 PM
315 S Beavercreek Rd, Oregon City, OR - (Agenda)
- Beaverton - Thursday, January 18th at 4:30 PM
15425 NW Greenbrier Pkwy, Beaverton, OR - (Agenda)
- Roseburg - Wednesday, January 24th at 5:30 PM
738 W Harvard Ave SE 120, Roseburg, OR (Agenda)
- Klamath Falls - Thursday, January 25th at 5:30 PM
700 Klamath Ave, Suite 500, Klamath Falls, OR (Agenda)
- La Grande - Thursday, February 1st at 5:30 PM
1607 Gekeler, La Grande, OR (Agenda)
- North Bend - Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 PM
1431 Airport Lane, North Bend, OR (Agenda)
- The Dalles - Monday, March 12th at 4:00 PM
400 E Scenic Drive Building #2, The Dalles, OR 97058 (Agenda)
- Salem - Monday, March 19th at 4:30 PM
4600 25th Avenue NE, Salem, OR (Agenda)
- Portland - Thursday, March 29th at 4:30 PM
10301 NE NE Glisan St. Portland, OR (Agenda)
Who Should Attend?
• Current or Former Clients • Current or Former Foster Parents • State and Local Policy Makers • Cross System Agency Partners • Citizen Review Board • Attorneys • Court Appointed Special Advocates • Tribal Representatives • Service Providers • Nonprofit Organizations • Faith-Based Organizations • Community Leaders • Law Enforcement • Educators • Community Service Groups • Physical, Mental, and Behavioral Health Providers • State, Community or Private College Representatives • YOU
General Agenda (Varies by Location)
Current/Former Foster Youth Session
Join us for this youth-only session to meet the state Foster Care Ombudsman and the brand-new Foster Care Policy & Community Liaison, who is a former foster youth hired at DHS to make sure we listen to your voices. Please invite your foster parents to come early with you where they will have the chance to network with other caregivers.
Current/Former Foster Parent Session
Caregivers are welcome to come early for an informal networking hour with other foster parents.
Community Forum Check-In
- Fariborz Pakseresht, DHS Director OR Dr. Reginald Richardson, Deputy Director
- Marilyn Jones, Child Welfare Director OR Laurie Price, Child Welfare Deputy Director
- Nathan Rix, Director of Executive Projects
- Local Child Welfare District Manager
- Local Partner/s
- Questions to be determined
Questions and Answers
Mix and Mingle
RSVP for a Forum Near You
To RSVP send an email to: email@example.com and include the city for the forum you will be attending in the Subject Line.
We welcome all participants. Foster parents, please request child care in your RSVP. For language services or other accommodations, please indicate your request in your RSVP within 48 hours before the meeting. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.
Questions about the community forum? Contact Pamela Heisler, Public Engagement Project Manager, Pamela.L.Heisler@state.or.us, 503-910-7422.
Light refreshments will be provided at the community forum.