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Federal System of Care Project to Improve Permanency Outcomes


The goal of Oregon’s Federal System of Care to Improve Permanency Outcomes Project (IPOP) is to increase the likelihood of permanency for children and youth in care 8 months or longer by developing and/or enhancing systems of care for child welfare practice. IPOP is implemented in Washington County, Clackamas County, and Morrow-Umatilla counties. As part of Oregon’s cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau, IPOP participates in a national cross-site evaluation of the 9-state federal Systems of Care initiative. 

Funding:       Children’s Bureau
Start Date:     2003
End Date:      2008



Child Abuse Assessment Centers

This project developed evaluation and reporting protocols for use by the state’s Child Abuse Assessment Centers and the CAMI Account coordinator. Protocols were developed in partnerships with the Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers, Department of Human Services, and the Department of Justice CAMI Account Program.

Funding:       Children's Bureau
Start Date:     2003
End Date:      2004



24-Hour Response/Guided Assesment Process (GAP) Implenmentation Evaluation

Evaluation of the initial pilot implementation through the statewide rollout of the 24-hour response/ Guided Assessment Process (GAP) project.  DHS/CAF revised the front-end of its child welfare child protective services (CPS) processes of screening, case assignment, and initial child safety threat assessment of reports involving an allegation of child abuse/neglect.  The goal was to improve the timeliness, consistency, and quality of the response to these reports.  As part of this revision, a protocol to assist in determining the field response to these reports – immediate (same day), impending (24-hour) and response required (5-day) – had been piloted to be used in combination with a more systematic, guided assessment process.  The initial pilot test took place in September-December 2002 at selected sites in four counties.  A second phase of the pilot occurred during the month of April 2003 in these same sites.  Oregon implemented an interim version of GAP statewide in July, 2003.  Statewide implementation of the final design occurred in the summer of 2004.  Separate reports are available for both of the pilots and the statewide implementation of ‘interim GAP.’


Funding:       Oregon Department of Human Services
Start Date:     2002
End Date:      2004



Strengths/Needs Based Services Evaluation

In 1996, an agreement between the Juvenile Rights Project and the Oregon State Office for Services to Children and Families (SOSCF) resulted in a plan for a change in the way in which services are delivered to families throughout the state. That year, six pilot branches (Polk, Deschutes, and the four metro Portland branches) began gradual implementation of the new model. Subsequent implementation was mandated for the rest of the state, to be completed by June 2001. Named System of Care, the service includes individualized assessment of children's needs, strengths-based work with families, involvement of community partners, and flexible funding to pay for wrap-around services to meet children's needs. The Regional Research Institute for Human Services (RRI), in collaboration with the Child Welfare Partnership, assumed responsibility for evaluating the implementation of the Strengths/Needs Based service delivery system, the critical practice component of the System of Care.

Funding:       Oregon Department of Human Services
Start Date:     1996
End Date:      2001 



Cohort Studies

The Cohort Studies describe the children entering Oregon’s foster care system and include the following data: type and severity of abuse/neglect, parental figures in the home, problems of the children and parents (these include substance abuse, history of abuse/neglect, criminal involvement, domestic violence, inadequate housing, chronic unemployment), barriers to the children returning home, why the child did or did not return, and return home rates.


Funding:       Oregon Department of Human Services
Start Date:     1987
End Date:      1995