Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services

Nonprofit that supports foster care system launches in Linn and Benton counties

A new nonprofit organization in Linn and Benton counties is seeking to address Oregon’s foster care crisis with respite care. Every Child connects volunteers who wish to support the foster care system with opportunities, whether baby-sitting for a foster family, helping the Department of Human Services renovate visitation rooms or donating household items to foster […]
Read More »

DHS holds child welfare forum in Roseburg

The Oregon Department of Human Services is looking for input on Oregon’s child safety system. They will be holding one of their statewide Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forums in Roseburg on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Source: DHS holds child welfare forum in Roseburg | Health | nrtoday.com

Wildfire Solutions | Parental Rights | Causes Of Death – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Project Wildfire in Oregon’s Deschutes County shows how individual homeowners can work together to reduce wildfire risk. Gregory Scruggs wrote a New York Times article about the program. The Oregonian’s Samantha Swindler was one of the only journalists covering the case of Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler, a couple in Central Oregon with low IQs that just […]
Read More »

Bill would prohibit using disability as sole reason to terminate parental rights

A proposed bill would prohibit the Oregon Department of Human Services from placing a child in foster care based solely on a parents’ disability. Source: Bill would prohibit using disability as sole reason to terminate parental rights

Oregon’s plan for more childcare regulators still ‘substandard,’ lawmaker says

Oregon lawmakers on Friday offered a tepid response to Gov. Kate Brown’s new plan to beef up oversight of day cares, praising the effort while simultaneously questioning if it goes far enough fast enough. Childcare regulators unveiled specific details of the plan during a meeting of a House committee on early childhood development. Among other things, […]
Read More »

Gelser and Republicans Push Back on Cuts to Services for Disabled Kids

Oregon provides all eligible families who apply with caretaker supports and equipment that make it easier for children to live at home with their parents – but funds for that money-saving approach were slated to be cut. Planned cuts to in-home services for disabled kids are looking less likely after a bipartisan trio of legislators […]
Read More »

Judge determines couple with low IQs can parent both their boys 

Four years after their son was first placed into foster care, a Deschutes County judge has determined that Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler can parent both their boys. Source: Judge determines couple with low IQs can parent both their boys | OregonLive.com

$10 million lawsuit over Polk County toddler’s death moves forward

A $10 million lawsuit alleges the Oregon Department of Human Services plus Monmouth and Dallas cities failed to prevent the death of a 2-year-old boy. Source: $10 million lawsuit over Polk County toddler’s death moves forward

Gov. Kate Brown on day care safety: ‘Much more work to do’

Acknowledging defects in Oregon’s oversight system for licensed childcare, Gov. Kate Brown has developed a broad strategy to overhaul state regulations and enhance the safety of children. The plan, months in the making, could strengthen state enforcement authority against day cares and boost regulatory staffing by about a dozen employees. Brown’s initiative also calls for […]
Read More »

Bend memory care facility sued for $2.6 million

When Jon Valley moved his brother, Jeff, into Aspen Ridge Memory Care, he assumed he would be in good hands, he said. However, Jeff Valley — a former Special Olympian and beloved fixture at several Bend barbershops, known for his happy demeanor — lost 20 pounds and became severely depressed, his family says. Source: Bend […]
Read More »