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
Following National Child Abuse Prevention month in April, May was Foster Care Month. It is a time to recognize how our system and partners can support and strengthen families, honor the experiences of the children and young people experiencing foster care, and show gratitude for the contributions that relatives, family friends, and resource families make to the well-being and safety of children and families throughout Oregon.
The theme of the month was Relative and Kin Connections: Keeping Families Strong. Throughout the month, Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) collaborated with community partners to host events and find other ways to thank our resource and relative caregivers statewide.
Also in May, we updated the look and feel of this monthly progress report, adding new features and data points while improving the layout to enhance readability. We will continue to improve our data displays as the months go on. We hope you will provide us with feedback, questions, and concerns to inform future iterations of the report.
Thank you for reading and thank you in advance for any suggestions you provide.
Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW (she/her)
Child Welfare Division Director