Oregon Solutions convened eight counties across the state to develop locally-based approaches to reduce the number of Oregon children in foster care by 20 percent by 2011. The project was spurred in part by a grant from the Casey Foundation, with an emphasis on creating alternatives to foster care and addressing equity issues.
The Oregon counties engaged in this effort included Coos, Deschutes, Jackson, Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, Washington, and Tillamook.
The governor designated the project in January 2009 and hosted an all-day session in Salem. Oregon Solutions’ role in facilitating the individual county projects was completed in spring 2009. Many of the counties continue to work on this effort with support from the Commission on Children and Families.