Secretary of State Kate Brown released an audit (pdf) earlier this year evaluating the performance of the state’s child welfare system. It looked at about a year worth of data and concluded that the high workload for caseworkers is impacting the quality of services provided by the state.
Audit recommendations include:
- An evaluation of priorities and duties expected from caseworkers
- Potential annual employee performance evaluations to encourage professional development and an improved work environment
- redirecting federal funding
Are you a caseworker in Oregon’s foster care system? Have you been a foster parent or had children removed from your care? What improvements to the system do you think are necessary? What’s working well now?