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ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KROGER ANNOUNCES NEW CHILD SUPPORT DIRECTOR

June 24, 2009

Jean Fogarty is a highly effective advocate for children with a comprehensive understanding of Oregon's Child Support Program

Attorney General John Kroger today announced the appointment of Senior Assistant Attorney General Jean Fogarty to lead Oregon's Child Support Program.

"Improving child support collection is one of my highest priorities," Attorney General Kroger said. "Nothing the Department of Justice does touches the lives of Oregonians more than our Child Support Program, which provides assistance to hundreds of thousands of families every year. Oregon has a very good Child Support Program, but I am deeply committed to making it even better. I believe Jean Fogarty can provide the leadership to get us there."

Hiring Fogarty is a significant step in meeting one of Attorney General Kroger's top priorities – to make the Oregon Child Support Program one of the most effective in the nation by substantially increasing the number of single parents who get the money they are legally entitled to in a timely manner.

Fogarty was selected after a nationwide search to find a new leader for one of the state's most crucial programs for children and families. Fogarty rose to the top based upon her experience and knowledge of the Oregon Child Support Program, her reputation and skills as an attorney, and her years of commitment to Oregon's children. Fogarty has spent 24 years working in the Oregon Department of Justice. She will begin this new assignment on July 1.

"Child support makes a critical difference in the lives of children, and I am excited about leading the program," Fogarty said.

The Oregon Child Support Program collects and distributes nearly $175 million a year in child support. That money benefits nearly 250,000 children annually. For single parents, receiving child support can keep the family in a home or ensure that there is enough food on the table. Child support services are provided by the Division of Child Support and local District Attorney's offices and are free to all Oregon families.

Fogarty earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Her 24-year career at the Oregon Department of Justice includes lead attorney in the Portland Family Law Section, trial lawyer in the Division of Child Support and the Department of Human Services as well as General Counsel of the Child Support Program.

Attorney General Kroger also praised outgoing director Butch Castor.

"Butch has committed his career to child support and we're fortunate that he is going to continue to work closely with the program. I deeply appreciate all of his efforts to create a first-class child support program for our state," Kroger said.

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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