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

September 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 to completion.
  • 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.

Thank you,
Jana Mclellan
Interim Child Welfare Director