Tag Archives: Foster Care

Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program

With Oregon’s Legislature back in session, hundreds of dark-suited lobbyists are cycling through lawmakers’ offices in the Capitol to press for their clients’ interests. The session also draws citizen advocates to the Capitol, among them young people who’ve spent time in Oregon’s foster system. Source: Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program

Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program

This year, members of the advocacy group Oregon Foster Youth Connection are lobbying lawmakers and the governor to expand an independent living program that helps young people transition to live on their own. Source: Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program

Talking Business | Black Studies | Youth Villages – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A program called Youth Villages started in Tennessee more than 30 years ago. In that time, it has helped that state both improve the lives of foster kids and save the state money on the child welfare system. Its key features include providing services to kids and their biological families at home, supporting foster kids […]
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News Roundtable | Foster Care | Hermiston Nonprofit – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon doesn’t have enough placements for children in foster care. So, the state is shipping some of the most vulnerable kids across state lines. And the facilities that many of those kids are going to are operated by a privately-run company that used to have a contract with Washington State. That contract was cancelled because of a […]
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Giving foster parents a much-needed break

John Anderton looks forward to the one weekend a month when he gets a break from being a full-time foster parent. Respite caregivers, known as relief parents, take over for 48 hours, easing the burden on full-time foster parents who have taken in abused and neglected children. “I think it’s essential, and we’re really grateful […]
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Oregon Sending Foster Children To Facilities Accused Of Abuse

Last year, Washington state child welfare officials saw reports about widespread use of restraints and physical abuse at a residential treatment facility in Iowa where they were sending foster care children. Source: Oregon Sending Foster Children To Facilities Accused Of Abuse

Former head of foster care agency found guilty of embezzling nearly $1 million

A federal jury Thursday found Mary Holden Ayala guilty of stealing nearly $1 million from an Oregon foster agency that she had led as president and executive director. Ayala, 59, who ran the private foster care agency Give Us This Day from 2008 through 2015, was found guilty of multiple counts of theft, money laundering […]
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Foster Kids | Umatilla Graduation – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Oregon doesn’t have enough placements for foster care children. So, the state is shipping some of the most vulnerable across state lines. And the number has jumped in recent years. OPB reporter Lauren Dake fills us in. The high school graduation rate in Umatilla has been rising year over year and now stands at 84 percent, […]
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Oregon Ships Foster Care Children To Other States — And The Number Is Growing

Oregon doesn’t have enough placements for foster care children. So, the state is shipping some of the most vulnerable across state lines. And the number has jumped in recent years. Source: Oregon Ships Foster Care Children To Other States — And The Number Is Growing

A federal law is hurting Native American children. It must be struck down.

The Indian Child Welfare Act hinders adoption of Native American kids. In June 2016, Texas couple Chad and Jennifer Brackeen took a 10-month-old Native American foster child into their home. The boy, referred to as A.L.M. in court documents, had been the victim of parental neglect and drug abuse from birth. He soon became part of the Brackeens’ […]
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