Tag Archives: Foster Children

State pays $1.25 million for death of 15-year-old foster child 

The state of Oregon has agreed to pay $1.25 million to the family of a 15-year-old Albany girl who died under the watch of child welfare workers. Gloria Joya died while in foster care in 2016 from untreated gastrointestinal problems, a health condition that a 2017 lawsuitclaimed was made worse because of the girl’s tumultuous life. […]
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New CASAs prepare to advocate for local foster children

At age 23, Meagan Duncan-Osborn is younger than most court-appointed special advocates. Because of her own history as a foster care adoptee, she said she wants to be an example and a source of hope for future generations of foster children. Source: New CASAs prepare to advocate for local foster children | Local News | […]
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Editorial: Oregon continues to fail foster children

A state audit found in January that Oregon’s child welfare system was so disorganized and inconsistent that it was putting some of the state’s most vulnerable children at risk. Millions were misspent. Lawsuits forced the state to pay out other millions for failure to protect children. And the audit said the agency’s response to problems […]
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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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Should Oregon change the way it pays foster kids’ lawyers?

Lawyers who defend families in Oregon’s foster care system say the way they are paid leads to kids being separated from their parents longer than necessary. Source: Should Oregon change the way it pays foster kids’ lawyers?

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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