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American Indian and Alaska Native children are about three times more likely than Caucasian children to be placed in out-of-home care.

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Oregon CPS News Archive

Oregon News Coverage

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that workers can be fired for using medical marijuana even if they have a card from the state program authorizing its use.

The case involves a worker in Eugene who was fired after telling his boss before taking a drug test that he was using medical marijuana approved by his doctor. A dissenting opinion said federal law did not bar Oregon from setting its own policy on medical marijuana.


April 15, 2010

by Tina Morgan

Shocking as it may sound, child welfare officials with the Oregon Department of Human Services in Lane County received 4,687 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect in 2009.

According to the agency's records, 1,021 children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect last year, and nearly half of these victims were 5 years old or younger. [The author needs a real wake-up call. Do visit the link and post your comments.]

The Register Guard

April 7, 2010

by Laureen Urey

Corvallis -- Food and dancing are on the agenda for an event hosted by the Corvallis Area Christian Home Educators, Homeschool Central and the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis.

Dances will be geared toward beginners, but veteran dancers also are welcome. Participants are asked to bring a dish or two to share with fellow dancers and musicians. The music will be provided by Three Fingered Jack and friends. The caller is Stacy Rose from the Coos Bay area.

Gazette Times (OR)

April 7, 2010

by Michelle Cole

SALEM -- Tears pool in Karri Wittrein's eyes as she talks about what it was like to be a struggling single mom with four kids.

In 2006, her oldest child was experimenting with drugs and her youngest was having seizures. Often, Wittrein says, she was awake all night worried about one or both. [Senate Bill 991]

Oregon Live

February 12, 2010

by Susan Goldsmith

Oregon child welfare officials acknowledged Wednesday that they repeatedly failed to help a Eugene teenager who died of murder by abuse.

The report released by the state Department of Human Services criticized the agency's staff, noting several times the state could have intervened but didn't. The state requires such reports when a child who has contact with the agency is seriously injured or dies.

The Oregonian

January 28, 2010

by Paris Achen

A group of parents who homeschool their children submitted an application today to found a public charter school for homeschoolers in the Medford School District.

Logos Charter School organizers say they want the K-12 school to serve as a guidance and resource center and to allow homeschoolers to earn regular diplomas. Students and their parents would continue to orchestrate their education at home but would have access to a licensed teacher. Students would have a $1,000 voucher to rent a laptop or take lessons.

Mail Tribune (OR)

January 20, 2010

by Susan Goldsmith

EUGENE -- Many in this community were heartbroken last month when they learned that 15-year-old Jeanette Maples was killed, but few were surprised when authorities charged her mother and stepfather with murder.

For three years, people in Jeanette's life tried to get child welfare authorities involved, to no avail. Her step-grandmother, a concerned parent of a friend and educators all called the state Department of Human Services because she was bruised, constantly hungry and said she had been beaten at home.

The Oregonian

January 2, 2010

by Susan Goldsmith

EUGENE -- Many in this community were heartbroken last month when they learned that 15-year-old Jeanette Maples was killed, but few were surprised when authorities charged her mother and stepfather with murder.

For three years, people in Jeanette's life tried to get child welfare authorities involved, to no avail. Her step-grandmother, a concerned parent of a friend and educators all called the state Department of Human Services because she was bruised, constantly hungry and said she had been beaten at home.

The Oregonian

January 2, 2010

by Bill Graves

The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission met in an unusual executive session through a teleconference Monday to try to whittle down a backlog of more than 300 misconduct cases.

The 17-member commission, which licenses and disciplines educators, considered a record 377 misconduct complaints this year. Those included the 290 cases reported this year plus pending cases from the previous year. That's nearly double the 195 cases the commission considered just three years ago.

The Oregonian

December 1, 2009

by Angsuman Chakraborty

A northwestern Oregon man who used a shock collar for dogs on his young children has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation.

Court documents say Todd Marcum of Salem is prohibited from having contact with children without approval of the state Department of Human Services and his parole officer. He also is barred from using corporal punishment and participating in physical play with children.

Legal News

September 30, 2009

by Steve Mayes

Oregon's attorney general Wednesday formally called for a Clackamas County judge to be removed from child-welfare cases, saying "the lack of a fair and impartial forum is interfering with the ability of the state to protect Oregon's children."

Judge Deanne Darling, who made headlines last year when she ordered the state to bail out a child-rape suspect, said she would cooperate with the request to ensure a smooth transition. Attorney General John Kroger's action may be unprecedented.

The Oregonian

September 16, 2009

by DD Bixby

Douglas County -- One report of child abuse or neglect was received every eight minutes in Oregon last year, with a total of 65,400 reports recorded in the state, an increase from 2007 figures.

A bright spot in the report was that the total number of children in foster care continued to sink, even though Oregon has the highest number of children in foster care in the U.S. 161 of the 728 assessments Child Protective Services conducted in the county were designated founded, while 449 were determined to be unfounded. Another 118 were classified "unable to determine."

The News-Review

August 27, 2009

The Okanogan County prosecutor is waiting for the sheriff to complete the investigation into the death of a 17-year-old boy who died at home of a burst appendix.

Zachery "Zakk" Swezey had no medical care during a three-day illness in March because his family, members of the Church of the First Born, believe in faith healing. Prosecutor Karl Sloan says he'll decide if charges are warranted.

The Seattle Times

August 27, 2009

A Medford teenager was indicted Wednesday after her newborn girl was found dead inside a dumpster at a hotel.

Denise Flanary, 19, was arrested at her home last Tuesday on charges of abuse of a corpse and concealing the birth of an infant. Flanary was released after posting bail.


August 26, 2009

The trial of Carl and Raylene Worthington always was about more than justice for their 15-month-old daughter, Ava, whom a medical examiner found lying dead on her parents' bed, her face shiny from being anointed with oil.

As Clackamas County prosecutor Greg Horner said, the trial was about "accountability, responsibility and judgment." The case was meant to send a message to the faith-healing church, Followers of Christ, including the relatives and friends who crowded into the Worthington home on the last day of Ava's life, gave her sips of wine, prayed for her, and let her die.

Oregon Live

July 23, 2009

by Dan Saltzman

Recent articles in The Oregonian have detailed how new state legislation will provide a safety net for Oregon's foster children on psychiatric medication or who have been sent to live with out-of-country relations.

Help for this vulnerable population is on the way from the city as well. Beginning this month, scores of Portland foster care children will receive services from programs supported with $5 million from the Children's Investment Fund.

Oregon Live

July 13, 2009

by Michelle Cole

Children in state foster care -- even kids younger than 4 -- are being prescribed powerful antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs.

State lawmakers want to make sure those kids get more attention. On Wednesday, the Oregon House unanimously endorsed a bill that will require oversight of the children and their psychiatric medications.

The Oregonian

June 17, 2009

by Claire McGee

"DHS stands for Department of Human Separation," said my seven-year-old grandson last summer. In May, my three grandsons will go to a family in New York, to "the highest bidder."

When DHS took the boys from their mother March 23, 2007 in Clackamas County, the oldest grandson was visiting me, and the mother said I could keep him. I immediately enrolled him in Yaquina View School. Despite the facts, DHS lied in court, saying he was not in school and got a court order to remove him from me, threatening me with a sheriff at my place of employment if I did not comply.

Newport News Times

June 2, 2009

Police arrested a Roseburg man Wednesday on multiple sex crime allegations stemming from a case out of Deschutes County.

John V. Evans, 20, faces multiple charges including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, incest, unlawful sexual penetration and more, according to an Oregon State Police report.

The News-Review

May 14, 2009

by Michelle Cole and Susan Goldsmith

SALEM -- Nobody mentioned Adrianna Cram's name during Friday's short House floor debate on a bill requiring more scrutiny when a child from Oregon foster care is sent to live with relatives in another country.

But the legislative sponsor, Rep. Carolyn Tomei, admitted later that she "definitely" had the murdered little girl from Hillsboro on her mind. "There needs to be more follow-up and much more stringent supervision of each child that goes anywhere," said Tomei, D-Milwaukie.

The Oregonian

May 1, 2009

Oregon Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz announced that all state courts will be closed on Fridays beginning on Friday, March 13, 2009.

The closures will remain in effect at least through June 30, 2009. Future closures depend on budget decisions the legislature will make later in its session.


February 27, 2009

by Sunshine Simmons

Nadya and her six children have been staying at an undisclosed location since she created her bsite, and started receiving death threats and other hate mail.

Nadya Suleman actually thought that the world would pour out their sympathy and donate money to support her family that she so selfishly created. No diaper companies, clothing companies, or car seat companies have jumped at the chance to donate to Suleman.

Portland Parenting Examiner

February 12, 2009

by Kent Eckert

A Hillsboro woman was arrested Sunday night after a grand jury indicted her on charges of forcing methamphetamine on her infant child through breastfeeding.

Michelle Hastings, 40, is lodged in Washington County Jail on charges of felony criminal mistreatment and causing another person to ingest a controlled substance.

The Hillsboro Argus

February 6, 2009

by Steve Mayes

The state attorney general's office accused a Clackamas County judge of "gross abuse of discretion" for ordering child-welfare officials to bail out a child-rape suspect, in documents released this week at the request of The Oregonian.

The Wilsonville man was arrested in April on charges of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of underage teenage girls. It is clear that both the DA, DHS and the child's attorney think there are barriers to father's ability to parent, but no one has pled it, no real evidence on any problem has been offered, Darling said in a letter to attorneys.

The Oregonian

January 23, 2009

by Kelly Moyer

A St. Helens father has been charged with first- and third-degree assault and criminal mistreatment for violently shaking and seriously injuring his 5-month-old infant son.

St. Helens police arrested Hipolito Guzman Salizar, 28, in late November after family members brought the baby to a local urgent care clinic with injuries that police and doctors said were "consistent with a violent shaking."

The South County Spotlight

January 7, 2009

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