Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services (DHS)

County looks to add foster parents

There are currently 62 local children in foster care and reports of child abuse are down. There are currently 62 children from Jefferson County, not including Warm Springs, in foster care, according to April Munks, the district manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services in Central Oregon. Source: Pamplin Media Group – County looks […]
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Editorial: Step up and report suspected abuse

The Oregon Department of Human Services reported 362 child neglect cases in Deschutes County in 2018. That was 362 too many. It keeps occurring in the county and the state. In 2016 one neglect case was Maliyha Hope Garcia of Redmond, the 5-year-old who was starved to death by her parents. A series of stories […]
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State officials alarmed by rise in child neglect cases

Neglect comprised 79.2% of Deschutes County child welfare cases in 2018. Signs of a child in trouble are not always as obvious as bruises, casts and black eyes. A change in behavior, poor hygiene or not wearing a winter coat can be subtle but important signals of child neglect. Each of them trigger concern from […]
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Maliyha: The child no one saved

Maliyha Hope Garcia starved to death in plain sight.Three day care providers, a doctor and family members all saw the Redmond child as she wasted away in the final 18 months of her life but only shared their concerns with her parents and were satisfied with the answers they received. Source: Maliyha: The child no […]
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State officials alarmed by rise in child neglect cases

Signs of a child in trouble are not always as obvious as bruises, casts and black eyes. A change in behavior, poor hygiene or not wearing a winter coat can be subtle but important signals of child neglect. Each of them trigger concern from law enforcement officers and social workers, who say they are alarmed […]
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Editorial: Do what’s necessary to get benefits system right

The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services have less than six months before they begin using a new computer system they’re calling integrated ONE. In that time, they’re got plenty left to do, as a Secretary of State’s audit released Oct. 25 made clear. Source: Editorial: Do what’s necessary to get benefits […]
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Elections Preview | Walden | Child Abuse Hotline | Talking About Race – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon’s lone Republican representative in Congress, Greg Walden, announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2020. OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart joins us to talk about what this announcement means for the second congressional district and the Oregon Republican Party. We talk with the manager of the new statewide child abuse hotline in Oregon, Kristen […]
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Oregon agency needs to tweak computer project clocking in at a half billion dollars, audit finds 

About one million Oregonians next year will start using a new state system to more quickly get benefits they need. An audit finds the state agency in charge of the project needs to guard against potential trouble. Source: Oregon agency needs to tweak computer project clocking in at a half billion dollars, audit finds | […]
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Oregon Child Abuse Hotline enters its second year of operation

The Oregon Child Abuse Hotline was launched in 2018 and is making progress in bettering the system to continue helping children. According to a press release from the Oregon Department of Human Services, there has been “significant progress in protecting Oregon’s children by implementing a system that ensures the best possible safety decisions, calls are […]
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Audit helps state identify weaknesses in new public assistance eligibility system

A new system aimed at streamlining the way Oregonians apply for public benefits will need some retooling before it’s implemented next year to be used by about a million Oregonians, a state audit found. The audit released Wednesday by the state Audits Division exposed a few areas where the state Department of Human Services will […]
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