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The Big Task Of Rebuilding Oregon's Child Welfare Division


Running Oregon's Child Welfare Division is not a pathway to career success. At least it hasn't been lately, with a handful of people leading the division in the last five years.

The revolving door is not surprising, given the failings of the agency in protecting children in foster care, pointed out by state audits. Rebecca Jones Gaston had barely started in the job when the pandemic made it more difficult.

Jones Gaston, adopted out of foster care as a baby, has now been at the helm for more than a year. She shares her thoughts on the state of the Child Welfare Division in this interview.

The Hotline: the state set up a new number to take reports of child abuse and neglect:
855-503-7233 (855-503-SAFE).

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.