Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services (DHS)

Oregon will pay $1.7 million after mother, daughter killed by teen foster son

The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle claims that the Department of Human Services was partly at fault for the November 2017 gunshot deaths of two women shot by a teenage foster child. Source: Oregon will pay $1.7 million after mother, daughter killed by teen foster son

Feds: Oregon child welfare fails people with disabilities

State human services department agrees to ‘prevent discrimination against parents with disabilities in Oregon’s child welfare system.’ Source: Feds: Oregon child welfare fails people with disabilities

Department of Human Services agrees to comply with federal laws

A federal civil rights watchdog has found “systemic deficiencies” in the state’s treatment of parents with disabilities. The Oregon Department of Human Services has agreed to comply with federal laws that protect people with disabilities from discrimination, the agency said Wednesday. Source: Department of Human Services agrees to comply with federal laws | State | […]
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Missing Medford toddler was deemed safe by DHS weeks after he vanished, report says

The review, issued last month, says case workers did not know Aiden Salcido was missing when they concluded their investigation into his safety. Source: Missing Medford toddler was deemed safe by DHS weeks after he vanished, report says

The Health 202: Oregon seized kids from low-IQ parents. The federal government wants to avoid future discrimination.

The state agreed to review its policies and train employees to follow nondiscrimination laws. Source: Analysis | The Health 202: Oregon seized kids from low-IQ parents. The federal government wants to avoid future discrimination.

Oregon Department of Human Services awards training contract to BTI

The Oregon Department of Human Services has awarded Baker Technical Institute a contract to provide workforce development training and support services to individuals who are recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The goal of the program overall, and specifically the trainings provided by BTI, will be to increase the number of SNAP recipients who […]
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Foster care supervisor who drew criticism, lawsuits continues long career at DHS after internal investigation

As state leaders tried to patch together fixes for Oregon’s troubled foster care system early this year, they gathered with foster parents in Polk County and listened to a wave of concerns. Caregivers connected their problems, again and again, to their region’s most powerful child welfare official. Source: Foster care supervisor who drew criticism, lawsuits […]
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Foster care system crisis consultants close to completing $1 million contract

By Christmas, crisis consultants brought on to improve Oregon’s struggling foster care system are expected to wrap up their $1 million contract. In April, Gov. Kate Brown asked a crew of consultants from the firm Alvarez and Marsal — perhaps best known for taking over Lehman Brothers after the Wall Street firm filed for bankruptcy […]
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State foster care consultants lay foundation for big changes

Agency has been the subject of multiple reviews that have laid out what it needed to keep kids safe. Source: State foster care consultants lay foundation for big changes

Editorial: Don’t add trouble to foster system

Oregon continues to work to bring foster children currently in out-of-state treatment facilities home. That’s the good news. Perhaps less good is this: One of the providers of that care, Sequel Youth and Family Services, is considering opening a facility in Oregon. That presents a problem for state Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, a former Department […]
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