In March 2018, Gov. Kate Brown requested a monthly progress report on Child Welfare. In April 2019, the Gover​nor 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

January 2020 (View the full report​​)


2020 is poised to be transformational for our agency, as well as the wider system of child welfare across the state.

Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) will be a priority this year for the DHS Child Welfare Program. In the coming months, we will be working with our partners to create a prevention plan for submission. The FFPSA is aligned with our goals of strengthening the child safety system with a focus on preventing entry into foster care.

I have also enjoyed hearing from, and listening to, a diverse set of partners from across the state. Robust conversation offers the ability to identify strategies and improve outcomes for those we are serving. Some focus areas of these conversations include opportunities to increase efficiencies, streamline practice, decrease duplication, and create stronger connections within our programs.

Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW
Director, Oregon Child Welfare