Child, Family Services Jobs Posted
8/14/2019, 10:10 a.m.
The Oregon Department of Human Services this month is posting more than 300 jobs related to helping children and families in Oregon. The hiring initiative is driven by an executive order from Gov. Kate Brown aimed at improving safety and building capacity in Oregon’s child welfare system.
“In order to ensure our children are safe, we need more caring and dedicated people on the ground working with families,” Brown said. “Hiring more child welfare workers is one important step to right-sizing the system so that it better serves our most vulnerable children and families. Oregonians with a passion for helping children and families thrive can make an enormous impact through state service at the Department of Human Services.”
Some of the jobs available include hotline screeners who serve as first responders to child safety concerns; child protective service caseworkers to investigate safety concern reports; certifiers to identify and certify relative caregivers, foster parents and adoptive parents across all ethnic and cultural groups; and permanency caseworkers who specialize in working with children, families, foster parents and caregivers to ensure children are safe in their homes.
“These new hires will reduce caseloads, which will help us better address safety issues and provide more support to foster families,” Department of Human Services Director Fariborz Pakseresht said “An influx of new staff also will provide much-needed relief to our current child welfare caseworkers and help reduce turnover.”
The Oregon Legislature approved funding for these new positions during the 2019 legislative session. For more information on available jobs and to apply, visit oregon.gov/dhs/children.