Tag Archives: Foster Children

Lane County foster parent sentenced to 94 years in sexual abuse case

A 45-year-old Lane County man found guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing a foster child was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 94 years in prison. Source: Lane County foster parent sentenced to 94 years in sexual abuse case

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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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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The other missing children scandal: Thousands of lost American foster kids

The system has lost track of tens of thousands of children, and state agencies simply closed their cases. The public exploded in outrage at the news in April: Federal agencies had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children. These were kids who had shown up at the border unaccompanied, most of them from Honduras, El Salvador and […]
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Foster kids’ attorneys aren’t the problem: Guest opinion

As a Portland-based attorney who has practiced juvenile law for more than 20 years, I read Hillary Borrud’s April 29 article, “Who speaks for the kids?,” with a mixture of interest and dread. She pointed out the flaws in our representation of child clients. She noted some strengths, but mostly weaknesses in attorneys representing children […]
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Kids are dying. We need foster care changes now: Guest opinion

We will remember in November the lack of effort by Brown and the Legislature to prioritize our families. Source: Kids are dying. We need foster care changes now: Guest opinion

Oregon officials consider increasing accountability for foster children’s lawyers 

Oregon’s agency that hires and oversees lawyers for foster children is considering proposals to increase accountability, after The Oregonian/OregonLive reported last month that the state has no system to monitor the quality of legal work. Source: Oregon officials consider increasing accountability for foster children’s lawyers | OregonLive.com

We all want lawyers representing foster children to be present and accountable: Guest opinion

The problems with the structure and funding of Oregon’s public defense system are nothing new. Source: We all want lawyers representing foster children to be present and accountable: Guest opinion

Lawyers Who Represent Foster Kids – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We sit down with Oregonian/Oregonlive reporter Hillary Borrud to discuss her reporting on the statewide system governing lawyers who represent kids in foster care. And we’re joined by Amy Miller, acting deputy director of the state Office of Public Defense Services, to talk about a pilot program that started in 2014 and has improved outcomes for kids in participating counties. More […]
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