Sunday, July 19, 2020

NCCPR in Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal on the new, improved audit of Oregon child welfare.

To the credit of Oregon's current Secretary of State, Bev Clarno,
her office is now paying attention to what her predecessor ignored.

From NCCPR’s commentary in the Salem Statesman Journal:

Anyone who fears that government agencies never learn should be reassured by what’s happened at the Oregon Secretary of State’s office.

Two years ago, that office issued a scathing audit of Oregon child welfare that managed to ignore the most important cause of its failure: Oregon’s obscene, decades-old-record of tearing apart families needlessly at rates well above the national average.

The 2018 audit devotes exactly one sentence to this. And the lead auditor told Oregon Public Broadcasting she didn’t know if Oregon consigning children to the chaos of foster care at such a high rate made Oregon “worse or better” than other states.

Two years later, they know.