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
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. We are proud to honor our community partners who support families before they reach crisis and work with families and children to strengthen the state’s family and child well-being system. When families and children do interact with Child Welfare, we want that connection to be supportive and helpful. With this in mind, two exciting initiatives were launched in March to support efforts once children have interacted with Child Welfare. The Independent Living Program (ILP) offers support to teens and young adults in care as they transition to independence. This past month, the ILP program announced the expansion of COVID-19 related assistance available to young people touched by foster care (funded through the Consolidated Appropriations Act by Congress). Additionally in March, the Treatment Services program launched the Foster Care Crisis Response pilot in Multnomah County. The pilot is intended to support resource families and children in foster care needing greater assistance in order to prevent placement disruption.
The Child Welfare Division Vision for Transformation is underpinning this work and we are grateful for the staff, community, and agency support in helping it take root.
Rebecca Jones Gaston, MSW
Director, Oregon Child Welfare