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Child Welfare Programs - DHS > Web site

The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Children, Adults and Families Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Child Welfare Program. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

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 percent of the victims were younger than six 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:

Contact: Lena Alhuesseini, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Amie Fender
Records Officer Email: Rose Carson
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