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OREGON'S CHILDREN
NEED BETTER PROTECTION

Thousands of Oregon children enter the child welfare system annually — a tragedy for them, their families, and society.

It's time for new ideas.

Pay for Prevention

Provides a new approach to helping children:
  • Learning from the best published evidence.
  • Drawing lessons from integrated state data.
  • Revealing connections through statistical modeling.

Vission

Vision

Thousands of Oregon children enter the child welfare system annually — a tragedy for them, their families, and society.

There is a better way.

Findings

Explore the facts about child neglect, abuse, and foster care in Oregon.

Investigate new avenues for expanding your capacity to serve families in need.

Policy Directions

By combining high-quality evidence and integrated data, we can reveal hidden possibilities, identify areas of greatest need, and make the most of our resources.

EVIDENCE

Thousands of children enter the child welfare system annually — a tragedy for them, their families, and society.

VIEW THE DATA
1 in 26

Of the Oregon children born every year, at least 1,700 will experience at least one substantiated case of maltreatment that leads to foster care before age six.

20%

Of children who enter care before age six, at least 20% will experience another episode before they turn 18.

36%

Of children who enter care before age six, 36% will experience a termination of parental rights or enter a guardianship program.

UPDATES

What has Pay for Prevention done and where is it going?

FINDINGS

Pay for Prevention has studied more than ten years of Oregon data to understand the human and economic dimensions of our current child welfare system.

These analyses provide unprecedented insight into how children move through the system and reveal the areas of greatest need.

WHO’S AT RISK

It's too late to provide help only after harm has occurred.

Pay for Prevention is leveraging extensive evidence and data to identify which factors are most powerful for predicting maltreatment.

WHERE THEY ARE

How do Oregon foster care placements vary from one area to another? How do they change as children age?

What about year-by-year changes? Visit Pay for Prevention’s Geography page to explore the maps.

POTENTIAL COST AVOIDANCE

How can we direct child welfare dollars to the areas of greatest need?

Pay for Prevention's data help explain the current financial picture.

Explore Findings and Methodologies