Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services (DHS)

Oregon child welfare foster care

Anyone who fears that government agencies never learn should be reassured by what’s happened at the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. Two years ago, that office issued a scathing audit of Oregon child welfare that managed to ignore the most important cause of its failure: Oregon’s obscene, decades-old-record of tearing apart families needlessly at rates […]
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Child welfare agencies expect surge in abuse cases

Increase means cases are being reported after months of children being isolated at home. State child welfare agencies would normally be worried by the recent increase in abuse and neglect cases. But the increase is actually a relief. It means more cases are finally being reported after months of children being isolated at home due […]
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‘A catastrophic outbreak’: How Oregon failed to slow coronavirus before death overtook nursing home

Oregon’s top nursing home regulators received repeated warnings and even acknowledged privately that the coronavirus could decimate a Southeast Portland care facility but failed to take fast and aggressive action before the first 10 residents died, an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive has found. Source: ‘A catastrophic outbreak’: How Oregon failed to slow coronavirus before death […]
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Our view | DHS stats missing key piece

Every month since early in 2018, the Oregon Department of Human Services has been publishing reports for Gov. Kate Brown showing its progress to rebuild and improve the state’s foster care system. The monthly reports have evolved. Source: Our view | DHS stats missing key piece | Crime | eastoregonian.com

Editorial: DHS should include reabuse statistics in report to governor

Every month since early in 2018, the Oregon Department of Human Services has been publishing reports for Gov. Kate Brown showing its progress to rebuild and improve the state’s foster care system. The monthly reports have evolved. Some statistics that DHS reported in the past to the governor are no longer being reported to her. […]
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Editorial: Keep more Oregon families together

Will all the children in Oregon’s foster care system make it through this year without being harmed? It’s a disturbing question. Because we know some may not. But the state is trying. And it is working a new approach: Putting more effort into helping parents succeed so children can stay with their families. Source: Editorial: […]
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DHS should include reabuse statistics in report to governor

Every month since early in 2018, the Oregon Department of Human Services has been publishing reports for Gov. Kate Brown showing its progress to rebuild and improve the state’s foster care. Source: Editorial: DHS should include reabuse statistics in report to governor | Opinion | bendbulletin.com

Oregon foster child has been missing for almost a month 

The Oregon Department of Human Services on Friday sent out a second call asking for help finding a missing foster child. Zion Gallaher went missing from Portland on June 7 and is believed to be in danger, the department said in a news release. Gallaher, 16, has mental health and behavioral challenges, the release said. […]
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Foster child still missing and believed to be in serious danger

Zion Gallaher, 16, is a foster child who went missing from Portland on June 7. He is still missing and believed to be in serious danger. Officials say he knows the downtown Portland, Sandy and Independence areas well. Source: Foster child still missing and believed to be in serious danger

More services could help Oregon kids avoid foster care, according to state report

Auditors say Oregon could step up addiction treatment, housing aid and other services to prevent kids from going into foster care. Source: More services could help Oregon kids avoid foster care, according to state report