Lane, Klamath and Lake Counties are the first in Oregon to adopt a Different Response Model that could reduce placements of children in foster care.
May is Foster Care Month, a chance to discuss the events that lead to foster care for kids.
Reports of child abuse and neglect require a response from child welfare authorities.
But it is not always the same response.
Cases can be dealt with in ways that do not involve taking children away from their parents and placing them in foster care.
Oregon's Differential Response Model provides options for caseworkers and families.
Child Welfare director Lois Day visits to explain the different responses, and how a response is chosen.