Tag Archives: DHS

Editorial: State should explain progress or failure in foster care

Chronic management failures and high caseloads have meant Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has jeopardized the safety of children in the foster care system. In 2015, DHS paid out the largest state settlement at the time, $15 million to nine children who were placed with a Salem foster father who abused them. This year […]
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PPS teacher: Rewarding misbehavior?

Sam Leach, a Portland teacher whom investigators found yelled at and pushed students, then got two student management jobs. On the Internet, Sam Leach looked like a model teacher. There’s the 2013 OregonLive story on how the then-third-grade teacher’s blog was deepening conversations on school activities among North Portland families. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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DHS ignored girl who reported grandfather’s abuse, $6m suit says

A $6 million lawsuit filed against the Oregon Department of Human Services accuses child welfare workers of failing to intervene after a 7-year-old girl reported that her grandfather was sexually abusing her. Over the next two years, the girl’s paternal grandfather repeatedly molested her, according to the suit. The abuse stopped only when the girl […]
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Dysfunction, missed steps hampered Oregon investigation of Hart family abuse allegations

A case worker’s premature conclusion that the children were safe shaped Oregon’s investigation into allegations that Jennifer and Sarah Hart abused their six children. At no point did a child welfare supervisor sign off on the decisions made in the case, newly released records show. Source: Dysfunction, missed steps hampered Oregon investigation of Hart family […]
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Hart children’s tiny bodies telegraphed warning that went unheeded by Oregon officials

At 11, Hannah Hart was the size of a girl roughly half her age. Four of her five siblings who lived in West Linn with their adoptive parents also appeared much younger than they were. But after seeing all six kids, a Clackamas doctor concluded she had “no concerns whatsoever” about their wellbeing, according to […]
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Suit: Oregon DHS ignored Keizer couple’s abuse of foster children

Because of Oregon Department of Human Services’ ignorance and inadequate investigations, three children were abused for years in a filthy Keizer foster home, according to a $100 million civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court. The abuse became so severe, one foster child, a 10-month-old girl, was hospitalized with fractures in all four of her limbs. Source: Suit: […]
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Our View: Baycrest Memory Care’s closure was right decision

The closure of Baycrest Memory Care served the best interest of its patients because people were being mistreated and some downright assaulted at the facility which specialized in elderly memory care. As The World previously reported, DHS discovered that something wasn’t right at Baycrest Memory Care during an inspection in 2015, back when the allegations […]
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Lawsuit accuses state of failing to protect 3 abused children from unfit foster parents

A lawyer for three children who were abused or mistreated in a foster home has filed a $100 million civil rights lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services, alleging the agency failed to protect them from unfit foster parents. Source: Lawsuit accuses state of failing to protect 3 abused children from unfit foster parents […]
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Lawsuit filed against Oregon DHS: Department failed to protect 3 abused children

A lawyer for three children who were abused or mistreated in a foster home has filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services. Source: Lawsuit filed against Oregon DHS: Department failed to protect 3 abused children

Stories From Inside Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care System

For the last few months, we’ve been having a series of conversations about Oregon’s child welfare system, following a scathing audit. We’ve heard from administrators, caseworkers, critics and foster parents to try to get a handle on a really complex system. We’ve been asking how it works, where it’s failing and what it would take […]
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