Governor Announces Executive Order Supporting Foster Care Improvement
DHS Director's Message
Message from DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht
April 18, 2019
Governor Kate Brown announced an Executive
Order to improve the foster care system for children. The Executive
Order establishes a Child Welfare Oversight Board to advise Governor Brown on
the Child Welfare program. The Governor also will deploy a crisis management
team to implement the Board’s recommendations and embed a senior member of her
staff at DHS.
We appreciate Governor Brown continuing to prioritize the safety of our children
and families. We welcome the additional support her Executive Order provides to
increase our capacity and capabilities to improve Oregon’s Child Welfare system
today and for the future. You can read our statement on the Executive Order online.
We are in this work together and when one part of our agency is strained, it
affects all of us. It also brings opportunity for us to tighten our
cross-program connections for the benefit of the people we serve. Transforming
a statewide child safety system into a robust child well-being system will take
time but we will emerge with an improved foster system for the children we all
care about deeply, and as a stronger, united agency.
Wherever we work in
the agency, we want the children, adults and families we serve to be safe and
stable, in good health, and embraced as contributing, valued members of their
communities. Thank you for your hard work and your support of each other
across our programs as we move into this next phase of strengthening our agency.