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Governor Announces Executive Order Supporting Foster Care Improvement

DHS Director's Message
Message from DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht​

April 18, 2019

Today 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.​

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