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State Replaces Computer System Used To Track Children In Its Care

Oregon is expected to replace a computer system in June that’s vital to tracking children under state supervision. The new database will be more than a year late.

The computer systems that Oregon Child Protective Services uses have come under repeated criticism.

One of the biggest problems is that the system only tracks the victims of abuse, not the adults responsible.

It’s a problem the federal government pointed out more than eight years ago.

The state has been working over the last few years to get a new system – called “OR-Kids” – up and running.

It was first scheduled for a June 2010 rollout, then that deadline was moved to February of this year.

State officials later abandoned specific deadlines.

But now, officials say OR-Kids has been tested and is almost ready.

In recent memos to staff, Department of Human Services’ director Erinn Kelley-Siel says tests in two counties turned up “system bugs.”

She characterizes the importance of preparing for the changeover to a family planning for a natural disaster.

A DHS spokesman says the agency is tweaking the system and training employees, in preparation for a likely changeover next month.

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