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Overview

​​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 June 2020 to share progress on the directives from the Governor and the Child Welfare Oversight Board. 

This Month in Child Welfare​

This report provides data through August 2022. 

Data from Guiding Principle One was consistent in many areas. However, we saw a significant reduction in the number of reports of child abuse made in August. As has been the trend, though, founded assessments and children entered into foster care remained consistent. Our overdue assessments did eclipse current assessments in August, but the total number of overdue assessments are still down 22% from January.

Our resource family recruitment efforts continue. For instance, District 11 is collaborating with the certification team at the Klamath Tribe to create recruitment and awareness resources. They hope to reach more than 5,000 tribally connected families with this effort. 

This month in Guiding Principle Two we have updates about equity and workforce well-being. The Worker Safety procedures are being developed by a team of staff across design and delivery. The procedures will be developed in stages with the goal of having a complete set of procedures by Fall, 2023. The Racial Equity and Social Justice Review Committee (RESJ) continues the work of formalizing consistency in the analysis of new policies and procedures through the development of a grading matrix. Lastly, The CW ADA coordinator continues to work with local leadership, staff, and community partners to develop statewide recommendations and resources to design sensory visitation rooms. 

Lastly, in Guiding Principle Three, the design and utilization of the Service Delivery Data Reports will provide community and child welfare-specific data for each district. Roll out of the sites will continue as it follows the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR). Thank you for reading the September Progress Report​

With appreciation, 

Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW (she/her) 
Child Welfare Division Directo​r​​​
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