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Oregon child welfare agency to change fatality reviews

Oregon Department of Human Services officials say investigations into the deaths of children involved with child welfare will now be launched faster and have increased transparency.

Posted: Sep 30, 2019 3:08 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Department of Human Services officials say investigations into the deaths of children involved with child welfare will now be launched faster and have increased transparency.

The Statesman Journal reports that the changes, announced Monday, come after the passage of Senate Bill 832 and Gov. Kate Brown's executive order earlier this year on child welfare.

DHS spokesman Jake Sunderland said people will soon be able to access more timely information about child fatalities and systemic issues that, when addressed, could help prevent tragedies.

Some of the most notable changes in SB 832 include requiring authorities to a critical incident response team when there is a reasonable belief that a child died due to neglect or abuse.

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