Category Archives: Dept. of Human Services

Senior’s mettle tested in elder abuse case

State Library Ed. Note: Story includes brief mention of DHS and elder abuse statistics in Umatilla and Morrow counties. Family stepped into help after Steve Steele’s partner died, and soon owned all of his assets. Steve Steele of Hermiston lost the love of his life in September 2016. Then, he claims, he lost all his […]
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Oregon ranks first for homeless youth

A new report highlights continuing struggles the state faces in addressing homeless children and youth and a high rate of foster care placements. Oregon ranks first in the nation for the rate of homeless children and youth and 10th in the percentage of foster care placements, according to a new report by WalletHub. Source: Oregon […]
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Oregon day care audit will focus on background checks

That’s a shift in scope from what was originally envisioned nearly a year ago. A delayed audit of Oregon’s childcare system will examine whether day care providers with troubling criminal histories are properly prohibited from caring for children, officials told The Oregonian/OregonLive. Auditors will also identify barriers that regulators face when conducting required background checks. […]
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Wilsonville nonprofit wants to put foster families first

Oregon Foster Families First is launching a campaign to lobby Gov. Brown and the state legislature to act on foster care policy issues. Wilsonville-based nonprofit Oregon Foster Families First is turning up the heat on Oregon’s elected leaders to take action in helping the thousands of children across the state who are languishing in the […]
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Anger management counselor, her son accused of abusing foster children

Kids say they had socks shoved down their throats and were forced to eat trash. An anger management counselor and her live-in adult son have been charged with abusing the woman’s three foster children. Ogilvia Pineda, 46, and Kyle Edgar Macias, 23, were arraigned Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court on felony child abuse charges […]
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‘There Aren’t A Lot Of Other Options:’ Port Orford’s Season Of Crab And Crisis

Oregon’s 2018 toxic algae troubles didn’t begin with the summer bloom tainting Salem’s water supply. The opening salvo actually came from the wintry Pacific, where high levels of domoic acid — a neurotoxin byproduct of marine algae blooms — disrupted seafood production along Oregon’s South Coast. Source: ‘There Aren’t A Lot Of Other Options:’ Port Orford’s Season Of […]
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Oregon Looks To Ease Process For Recovered Addicts To Help Others

We don’t usually celebrate failure in the United States, but the truth is that success often stems from it. Few people understand that better than “peer support specialists,” counselors who struggled with drugs, alcoholism or mental illness, but eventually rebuilt their lives and now work to help others do the same. Source: Oregon Looks To Ease Process For Recovered Addicts […]
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Lane County’s Kids FIRST center plays an important role in helping abused children heal

The children’s advocacy and child abuse intervention center in Eugene regularly helps law enforcement by conducting forensic interviews and medical exams. The interviews provide critical information to officials from the state Department of Human Services and law enforcement agencies investigating possible crimes against children. Source: Lane County’s Kids FIRST center plays an important role in […]
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Editorial: Don’t hide information about day cares

Oregon regulators should be upfront with parents about problems identified at state licensed child-care centers. The state needs to do a better job of living up to the promises it to made to disclose problems. Should the state tell parents when it has complaints about a day care? Should it tell parents when day cares […]
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Second lawsuit alleges mistreatment by OnTrack founder Rita Sullivan

Addiction services nonprofit OnTrack is named in a new lawsuit filed in early July by former and current employees who allege whistleblower retaliation, infliction of emotional distress and violations of both state wage and family leave laws. Source: Second lawsuit alleges mistreatment by OnTrack founder Rita Sullivan | Mail Tribune