The Oregon Division of Human Providers has named a brand new chief for its baby welfare program.

Marilyn Jones, who has labored for the division for nearly 20 years, will start her position because the Baby Welfare Director on Oct. 9.

Oregon’s baby welfare system has confronted points such because the maltreatment of youngsters in foster care and excessive employees turnover.

Former Youngster Welfare Director Lena Alhusseini resigned from the submit in Might after lower than seven months on the job. An interim director, Laurie Worth, has held the submit within the meantime.

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Jones will take over after working as a district manager in Baker City. She and her family have also been foster parents, eventually adopting two of their foster daughters.

“Marilyn and her husband continue providing strong support for their daughters and making their needs a top priority. This personal commitment gives her a unique understanding of many facets of our child welfare system,” DHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht said in a statement.

As Child Welfare Director, Jones will be paid $143,256 a year, according to DHS spokesman Jay Remy.

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