In March 2018, Gov. Kate Brown requested a monthly progress report on Child Welfare. In April 2019, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 19-03 which created a Child Welfare Oversight Board to assist her in making and implementing recommendations to improve Oregon’s system for supporting safe children and thriving families. The
report is published monthly and was revised in September 2019 to share progress
on the directives from the Governor and the Child Welfare Oversight Board.
This Month in Child Welfare
2019 (View the full report)
Child Welfare is working to create a system where families
can be served holistically to address safety and stability concerns so they can
stay together. In situations where children cannot remain safely in their
homes, we want to provide a safe, stable and caring foster care setting with
wrap-around community supports that match each child’s unique needs.
The Child Welfare program has been moving Oregon toward this
objective working with the Governor’s contracted consulting team, Alvarez &
Marsal (A&M), and with the support of many state and local partners. In
addition to the work mentioned in this month’s report, Child Welfare priorities
in September include:
- Recruiting a Child Welfare Director to lead us
through our next phase of system reform. We are working with Casey Family
Programs to recruit candidates from a small, national pool of experienced child
system leaders and measuring them against a specific list of attributes needed
to lead in Oregon.
- Creating a Comprehensive Project Portfolio and
establishing a Project Management Office to enable clear prioritization,
effective implementation and close monitoring of projects from initial concept
- Work with Chapin Hall from the University of
Chicago to deepen our understanding of the Family First Prevention Services Act
of 2018 and create the required five-year plan for its implementation by
November. The Act aims to prevent children from entering foster care and reduce
placement of children in congregate care settings.
It takes all of us working together to keep children safe.
We appreciate the collaboration and support, and look forward to creating an
Oregon where all families thrive.
Interim Child Welfare Director