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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 state data.
  • Developing new statewide capacity.

Mission

Policy Makers

View a decade of continuous data about Oregon children and their families.

Learn more about how Pay for Prevention can help a generation of children and improve public budgets.

Providers & Advocates

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

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

Partners & Funders

Pay for Success projects are being adopted across the United States.

Oregon's approach is uniquely rigorous.

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?

How It Works

The Pay for Prevention model — also known as Social Impact Financing or Pay for Success — is designed to address the chronically unmet needs of disadvantaged communities. The model provides a way to break an unacceptable status quo.

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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