Tag Archives: Foster Care

Treating Childhood Trauma Becoming a Public Policy Priority

States and cities are trying to use science to create better policies and programs. New federal foster care rules are complicating their efforts. There’s a lot that’s indisputable about childhood trauma. Emotional or physical abuse early in life impacts health outcomes as children grow up. Community- and family-based approaches to dealing with trauma are better […]
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Gresham dad’s arrest turns spotlight on foster care vetting process

An Oregon foster care rule that appears to treat intimate partner abuse less seriously than spousal abuse may have allowed a violent Gresham man to gain custody of — and allegedly abuse — his young son. Oregon criminal law, on the other hand, does not differentiate between domestic violence that occurs in married or unmarried […]
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1% of Oregonians ‘very confident’ in foster care system

New polls by DHM Research cast light on foster care system, public school success. Talk about the 99 percent. The number of Oregonians who are “very confident” in the state’s foster care system now ranks at just 1 percent, according to a new poll by DHM Research. Meanwhile, 64 percent of respondents said they were […]
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Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted. A report released Monday by the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office found that about 1 in 3 foster […]
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State cleared Gresham dad with violent past to care for boy he’s now accused of abusing

A lawsuit against the state contends the boy never should have been placed with his dad, who was not part of his life before he entered foster care. Source: State cleared Gresham dad with violent past to care for boy he’s now accused of abusing

Rescued boxer to become Oregon’s first CASA dog for foster kids

Lilly Mae, a 2-year-old rescued boxer who found her forever home in Keizer, is about to become Oregon’s first canine court-appointed special advocate Source: Rescued boxer to become Oregon’s first CASA dog for foster kids

The child-separation crisis no one sees 

We’re not removing enough children from abusive or neglectful parents. While America argued about whether the Trump administration was right to separate children at the border, a much larger child-separation crisis has gone almost entirely unremarked: in America’s foster-care system. And in this case, the problem is not that we’re taking too many children away […]
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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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Comprehensive approach can treat addictions, avoid foster care – Opinion

Much is written about the cost of the opioid crisis: the lives lost, the dreams deferred, the potentials never realized, and the crimes perpetrated to secure a drug that enslaves so many of our neighbors, friends, and family members to the extent that it becomes the center of their existence. What may have started as […]
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