The Child Welfare Council seeks to:
- Be a forum for identifying, discussing and addressing issues, gaps and barriers in child welfare and juvenile court,
- Establish and track workgroup work related to juvenile court and child welfare system improvements via collaborations with other agencies and committees, and
- Enhance and grow collaborative work in the child welfare continuum, including but not limited to: DHS, Multnomah County, Citizen Review Board, State Juvenile Court Improvement Project, community providers, Judiciary, District Attorney, Defense Bar.
Child Welfare Council current areas of focus:
- LGBTQ Youth: Raise awareness and sensitivity to the needs and appropriate supports for LGBTQ youth in foster care and to improve placement stability for these youth.
- Urgency: Increase sense of urgency in the dependency court system to consistently ask all parties, "what is getting in the way of returning the child/ren home today?"
For more information, contact:
Mary Geelan, MSW
Juvenile Court Improvement Coordinator