Child Welfare Programs - DHS

Present Duties

Barbara Roberts Human Services Building
The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Child Welfare Program. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
DHS Child Welfare Programs help improve family capacity to provide safe and permanent living environments for foster children of all ages. The programs’ goals are to achieve safe and equitable reductions in the number of children experiencing foster care. This is accomplished by protecting children from abuse and neglect and safely maintaining them in their homes whenever possible and appropriate; finding safe, permanent, stable homes for children when needed; ensuring children in foster care are well cared for, remain connected to family, siblings and support networks and receive appropriate services; providing culturally appropriate and equitable treatment for all children served; and practicing quality assurance and improvement for defining, measuring and improving outcomes for children and families.
 
Child Welfare Programs serve children and families when children are subject to abuse and neglect. Child protection workers respond to all reports of child abuse and neglect. If a child cannot be safe at home, a foster care placement is made. Child Welfare has a renewed focus and energy around keeping children safe and reducing its foster care population by implementing a system that prevents out-of-home placements and increases a timely and safe return to families.

The program areas within Child Welfare are Child Safety, Well-Being, Permanency, Program Design and Delivery and Federal Program Performance and Reporting.

In federal fiscal year 2015, 11,238 children spent at least one day in foster care, 69,972 reports of abuse and neglect were received, 32,682 reports were referred for investigation and 6,708 reports found abuse or neglect involving 10,402 victims. Of these, 46.6% of the victims were younger than 6 years old.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 500 Summer St. NE, E48, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-945-5600
Fax: 503-581-6198
General Email: dhs.info@state.or.us
Contact: Lena Alhuesseini, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Amie Fender
Records Officer Email: Rose Carson 
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State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
 
Note: Child Welfare Division combines elements of these two former divisions:
 

Adult and Family Services

 
Title: Public Welfare Review Commission Minutes
Dates: 1969-1993
Cubic Ft. Vol.: 1
 
Title: Assistance Program Plans
Dates: 1935-1974
Cubic Ft.: 4.5
 
Title: Attorney General Opinions
Dates: 1932-1964
Cubic Ft.: 2
 
Title: Biennial Reports
Dates: 1919-1960
Cubic Ft.: .25
 
Title: Board of Charities/Associated Charities Correspondence
Dates: 1889-1914
Cubic Ft.: 3
 
Title: Care Facility Correspondence
Dates: 1916-1940
Cubic Ft.: 2.5
 
Title: Care Facility Monthly Reports
Dates: 1930-1939
Cubic Ft.: 2
 
Title: Child Welfare Commission Activities and Statistical Reports
Dates: 1923-1928
Cubic Ft.: .25
 
Title: Child Welfare Commission Administrative Correspondence
Dates: 1920-1939; 1954
Cubic Ft.: 3.25
 
Title: Child Welfare Commission Attorney General Opinions
Dates: 1920-1939
Cubic Ft.: .2
 
Title: Child Welfare Commission Minutes
Dates: 1913-1938
Cubic Ft.: .3
 
Title: Child Welfare Division Correspondence
Dates: 1940-1960
Cubic Ft.: 1
 
Title: Child Welfare / Family Relief Case Files
Dates: 1909-1942
Cubic Ft.: 5
 
Title: Child Welfare Service Annual Plans
Dates: 1936-1949
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Civil Works Administration Office Records
Dates: 1933-1934
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Civilian Conservation Corps, Administration Correspondence
Dates: 1935-1945
Cubic Ft.: 4
 
Title: Civilian Conservation Corps Correspondence
Dates: 1935-1945
Cubic Ft.: 2
 
Title: Civilian Conservation Corps Discharges
Dates: 1936-1937
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: County Child Welfare Correspondence
Dates: 1925-1939
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
 
Title: Executive Bulletins
Dates: 1934-1976
Cubic Ft.: 6
 
Title: Executive Letters
Dates: 1958-1983
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
 
Title: Executive Staff Conclusions
Dates: 1977-1982
Cubic Ft.: 2
 
Title: Gifted and Mentally Handicapped Children Preliminary Report
Dates: 1953
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Health, Education, and Welfare Department Correspondence
Dates: 1937-1960
Cubic Ft.: 3
 
Title: Lane County Public Welfare Commission Minutes
Dates: 1956-1961
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Mental Defect, Delinquency, and Dependency Statistical Survey
Dates: 1920
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Minutes
Dates: 1933-1969
Cubic Ft.: 27.5
 
Title: Monthly Activity Reports
Dates: 1945-1956
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Monthly Statistical Reports
Dates: 1937-1959
Cubic Ft.: 2.5
 
Title: Multnomah County Public Welfare Bureau Records
Dates: 1918-1923
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Multnomah County Relief Committee Administrative Correspondence
Dates: 1933-1935
Cubic Ft.: 2
 
Title: Multnomah County Relief Committee Case Problem Correspondence
Dates: 1935-1937
Cubic Ft.: 2
 
Title: Multnomah County Relief Committee Social Services Division Correspondence
Dates: 1935-1936
Cubic Ft.: 3
 
Title: Photographs - Child Welfare Exhibit
Dates: 1916
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Photographs - Child Welfare Exhibit
Dates: 1916
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Photos
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: .25
 
Title: Public Welfare in Oregon Reports
Dates: 1938-1960
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Social Problems Reports
Dates: 1930-1939
Cubic Ft.: 1
 
Title: Social Service Council Minutes
Dates: 1910-1912
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Social Work Publications
Dates: 1920-1942
Cubic Ft.: 4
 
Title: State Emergency Relief Administration Correspondence
Dates: 1924-1935
Cubic Ft.: 2.5
 
Title: State Emergency Relief Administration Women's Unit Records
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: State Relief Committee Biennial Report
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: State Ward Movement Statistical Reports
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: State Welfare Commission Investigation Reports
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: 3
 
Title: State Welfare Commission Labor Correspondence
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: 1
 
Title: "Subversive" Monitoring Records
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Works Progress Administration Project Records
Dates:
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
 

Children and Families, Services to

 
Title: Advisory Committee Records
Dates: 1977-1988
Cubic Ft.: 1
 
Title: Photographs
Dates: 1913
Cubic Ft.: 6
 
Title: Posters
Dates: no date
Cubic Ft.: 1