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Wyden And Hatch Push Bill To Make Foster Care System More Accountable

OPB | Oct. 17, 2017 2:39 p.m. | Portland

The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee have come together to introduce a bill that would publicize more information about private foster care providers.

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News Roundtable | From Foster Care To College

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 noon

Our news roundtable takes up the week's big regional and national headlines. Also, we speak with two former foster youth about their transition into college.

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Oregon DHS Taps New Child Welfare Director

Statesman Journal | Sept. 13, 2017 7:07 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Marilyn Jones, who has worked for the department for almost two decades, will begin her role as the Child Welfare Director on Oct. 9.

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Sexual Misconduct At PPS | Housing Foster Youth | Lead In Water | Breast Cancer Tattoos

OPB | Aug. 30, 2017 noon

We discuss The Oregonian/OregonLive's reporting about sexual misconduct at Portland Public Schools, efforts to address housing for Oregon's foster youth, and the issue of lead in Portland houses. We also hear from a tattoo artist who works with breast-cancer survivors. 

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Investigator Found In 1984 Seattle Mayor Sexually Abused Foster Son

AP | July 16, 2017 12:43 p.m. | Seattle

Three decades before Ed Murray was elected Seattle's mayor, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that he had sexually abused his foster son, records show.

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Some Oregon Foster Children Spent 80 Days In 'Temporary' Hotel Stay

OPB | June 27, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Some children spent 80 days or more living in hotel rooms as part of an Oregon foster care program, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

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Head Of Oregon's Department Of Human Services Announces Retirement

OPB | May 5, 2017 2:26 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Department of Human Services will have a new director this fall. The current head of the agency, Clyde Saiki, is retiring after a three-decade career in state government. 

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Bill Would Give Oregon Foster Kids The Ability To Switch Case Workers

OPB | March 8, 2017 4:55 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would let children age 12 and older switch their foster care case workers.

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Adopted And Brought To US, Man To Be Deported To South Korea

AP | Oct. 27, 2016 7:26 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

A South Korean man flown to the U.S. 37 years ago and adopted by an American couple at age 3 has been ordered deported back to a country that is completely alien to him.

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Oregon DHS Workers Are Stressed Out, But Proud Of Their Work

OPB | Oct. 12, 2016 5:06 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Workers at one of Oregon's largest state agencies feel overworked and stressed. That's according to a survey of employees at the Oregon Department of Human Services released Wednesday.

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Health Care Budget Hole | Foster Care Update | Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame

OPB | Sept. 19, 2016 noon

We find out more about a massive budget shortfall in the Oregon Health Authority, the status of the state's foster care system according to a recent report, and a new addition to the Sports Hall of Fame.

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Gov. Brown Speaks With Foster Care Victim Mia Storm

Statesman Journal | Sept. 6, 2016 1:15 p.m.

Brown called Storm in response to a OPB/Statesman Journal story, thanked her for speaking out and asked for her suggestions about how to improve foster care.

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New PPS Superintendent | Foster Care Failures

OPB | Aug. 29, 2016 noon

On the first day of school in Portland, we talk to the new superintendent of PPS. We also hear some personal stories of trauma in Oregon's foster care system.

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DHS Report: Agency Needs To Address Abuse, Shortage Of Quality Homes

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 3:47 p.m.

Oregon's foster care system is being pushed to its limits and failing to put in place remedies for ongoing problems.

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How To Get Foster Parents For Kids In The OYA

OPB | Oct. 28, 2014 12:15 p.m.

TUESDAY: The Oregon Youth Authority hopes to bring in more foster parents to care for some of the hardest kids to place — those who are in the criminal justice system already.

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Blue Mountain Eagle: Teen Faces Charges In Grant County Shootings

blue_mountain_eagle | Oct. 9, 2013 4:36 a.m.

A Baker City teen is facing murder charges in connection with the shootings that killed his foster father and another man at a remote hunting cabin in northeastern Grant County.

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A Union For Foster Parents?

OPB | March 6, 2013 12:40 p.m.

An Oregon lawmaker says foster parents should be able to make their voices heard in Salem by forming a union.

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Author Jake Dekker On Adopting His Son & 'One Kid At A Time'

OPB | Jan. 28, 2013 7:15 a.m.

Author Jake Dekker talks to Think Out Loud about his experiences adopting a 10-year-old child who had been in the foster care system.

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Jake Dekker Talks About One Kid At A Time

OPB | Jan. 10, 2013 12:06 p.m.

In this memoir, Jake Dekker tells the unlikely story of how he ended up adopting his son Danny from the foster care system in Washington. 

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Improving Oregon's Child Welfare System

OPB | Aug. 2, 2012 9:06 a.m.

A state audit prepared by Secretary of State Kate Brown's office recommends improvements to the child welfare system in Oregon.