Tag Archives: Foster Care

How adoption and support programs failed the Hart siblings and ushered them to their deaths

Programs designed to protect children ushered six siblings to their deaths — and no one has been held accountable since their adoptive mother drove them off a cliff. One day, she thought, the three kids would come back and find her. They would return to Houston and reunite with the woman who fought to keep […]
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Editorial: DHS works to delay and conceal progress on foster care

What a terrible time for the Oregon Department of Human Services to conceal what it’s doing to improve foster care. The state has paid out millions in settlements for failing to ensure the children in its care were safe. An Oregon Secretary Of State audit found in January that DHS has been “slow, indecisive, and […]
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Guest Contribution: Fostering Hope: Collective Impact Initiative Offers Lessons for Healthcare Industry

This is the first of three articles about a Marion County, Ore., group’s approach to improving community health. They see it as a complex problem that requires a network of service providers working together to improve individuals’ lives, strengthen communities and reduce the cost of care. And that’s just what they’re doing – with some […]
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Editorial: DHS should inform the public about foster care

There are always going to be problems in a foster care system. The challenges foster children have are rarely easily solved. But Oregonians should not have a problem finding out what their government is doing about it. And it can be very difficult to get answers from the Oregon Department of Human Services. Despite the […]
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Child-welfare workers claim Buehler is opportunist

We are child welfare workers with 28 years of experience. This year, Oregon’s foster-care crisis has rightly been front and center in the gubernatorial campaign between Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler. As child welfare workers, we welcome this renewed focus. Source: Child-welfare workers claim Buehler is opportunist

Gorge Recovery | Wave Energy | Foster Care – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Last fall, the Eagle Creek Fire burned around 50,000 acres of wilderness in the Columbia River Gorge. Much of the burn site is still closed to the public. We check in with Miranda Mendoza, an Oregon State Park ranger and Karen Young of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce to see how the ecology and economy are recovering […]
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Guest column: Children need CASA

The case of Bradley Thomas, the child who was found in the woods after being abandoned by his father, has made national news headlines. While it is a distressing story, there are many children just like Bradley whose stories do not receive any media attention. There are 318 children in the foster care system in […]
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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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The Revolutionary Foster Care Law Buried in February’s Federal Spending Deal

Congress passed drastic child welfare reforms that aim to reduce the removal of kids from their homes. But some worry they will cost states and harm children. In February, Congress made a bipartisan deal that avoided a government shutdown and raised spending limits for defense and non-defense programs. The deal’s immediate budget implications grabbed most […]
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Changes for Oregon’s struggling foster care system: Longtime manager will be replaced

State officials confirmed Friday that Kevin George will move to a new role at the agency, while the state recruits for a new foster care leader. Source: Changes for Oregon’s struggling foster care system: Longtime manager will be replaced