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
As we begin the Autumn season, often a time of reflection, I am proud of the work that has been accomplished during a time of multiple challenges and evolving dynamic situations.
In September we celebrated National Child Welfare Workforce month. Our Child Welfare workforce continues to grow and build alongside partners, community members, youth, parents, and providers. Workforce, Training and Equity Development are key aspects of the work we are currently doing, some in conjunction with national partnerships involving the Butler Institute and Casey Family Programs.
Having a strong and supported workforce is foundational and is why we continue expanding assistance for staff through targeted trauma aware trainings, peer-to-peer supports, and monthly workforce well-being opportunities. We are actively exploring tools and seeking feedback from staff, which includes encouraging a culture of continuous quality improvement (CQI) and collaboration. I look forward to sharing the forthcoming Vision for Transformation that captures the goals for the Child Welfare Division, including CQI and collaboration, and lays out strategic objectives for a system that believes children do best growing up in a family.
Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW
Director, Oregon Child Welfare