Incident 238: Oregon’s Screening Tool for Child Abuse Cases Discontinued Following Concerns of Racial Bias

Description: Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) stopped using its Safety at Screening Tool, that is aimed to predict the risk that children wind up in foster care or be investigated in the future, and opted for a new process allegedly to reduce disparities and improve racially equitable decision-making.


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Alleged: Oregon Department of Human Services developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed children of minority groups and families of minority groups.

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Oregon dropping AI tool used in child abuse cases · 2022

WASHINGTON — Child welfare officials in Oregon will stop using an algorithm to help decide which families are investigated by social workers, opting instead for a new process that officials say will make better, more racially equitable deci…


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