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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon Governor Orders Independent Review Of State's Foster Care Oversight

Matt Howry

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants an independent review of the state's foster care system. It comes after the Willamette Week newspaper reported that the Oregon Department of Human Services ignored warning signs at a prominent foster care provider in Portland.

The problems ranged from squalid conditions to poor financial management. Brown removed the leader of the agency this month and appointed Clyde Saiki in his place.

Saiki told a panel of Oregon lawmakers Monday that the agency will double down on its efforts.

"This commitment is the only way we can hope to provide the best service possible and ensure the safety of our foster children,” he said. “We must do better. The children of Oregon deserve no less."

Saiki said he supports the governor's call for an independent review. Some lawmakers say they'll introduce legislation next year aimed at increasing transparency at the Department.