One of the central aims of Pay for Prevention is to assist children and families before problems occur. To do that, we need tools for identifying the greatest need at the earliest stage. Here, we provide a look at what we know about Oregon children and their risk of foster care entry.
Our analysis and research of real Oregon children, in addition to high-quality literature research, have provided a framework for understanding risk factors and interventions for reaching the most vulnerable Oregon children.
WHO’S AT RISK
Understanding which children and families are most at-risk provides an opportunity to make a difference before children are harmed.
WHERE THEY ARE
A key factor in intervening with at-risk children is discovering where to reach them.
SAVINGS FROM INTERVENTIONS
Effective help early in life would benefit at-risk children, their families, and their communities. It could also lead to significant cost savings, freeing millions of dollars for other state needs.
We've located foster care "hotspots" across Oregon, pinpointing where the high numbers of children entering foster care are coming from and share entering relative to the region.
We have also mapped Oregon's 60 legislative district and foster care entry rates, to help Oregon's leaders to understand the importance of this issue to their constituents.
We've also mapped foster care entry rates by county and age group, and showing shifts in these rates over time.
We've broken down Oregon Department of Human Services costs linked to case based services to investigations and serving children who have been found to have suffered from abuse or neglect.
In this section, we've outlined costs for a sample cohort of children in foster care from multiple perspectives, including costs over time, costs by age, and cost by region. This 3,412 child sample allows as to understand the possible savings to the state of intervening early on the lives of at-risk children.