The Oregon Secretary of State’s audit of the Department of Human Services Child Welfare program published on January 31, 2018 highlights the impact of chronic understaffing, high turnover and the need for improvement in management practices. DHS appreciates the work and the attention the report helps bring to such important issues. DHS embraces the recommendations listed in the audit and is actively moving forward in all areas identified in need of improvement.
“We need to tackle the root cause of these issues, not just the symptoms. That means focusing on recruiting, and retaining foster parents and case workers, leveraging data and analytics in our strategic planning and continuing our efforts to better partner with communities and support our existing foster parents.”
In response to the audit DHS has committed to submitting monthly progress reports to Oregon Governor Kate Brown tracking Staffing, Foster Care and Program Stability and Culture Change. Reports are posted below. The Department also welcomes a follow up audit in January 2019.
For more information about current child safety projects: Unified Plan