An Oregon state lawmaker wants to ensure children in foster care who are placed in hotels or short-term rentals receive the same protections as foster youth placed in a home. State officials charged with caring for the children disagree.
OPB wrote about the nonprofit Dynamic Life Inc. last month, noting the organization grew at a shocking rate over a short time fueled by taxpayer’s dollars and placed children in unlicensed short-term rental homes. Several attorneys and children’s advocates raised questions about the type of care children were receiving when placed with Dynamic Life.
The state has spent about $25 million housing 462 kids in foster care in hotels since 2018. State of Oregon officials regularly spend more than $2,560 per kid, per night (which includes lodging, staffing and food) to house a child in temporary lodging.
There are more questions than answers in the case of a missing former foster child from Grays Harbor County. Five-year-old Oakley Carlson has been unaccounted for since February of last year. Police say her parents aren’t cooperating with the investigation. Oakley’s former foster mom questions why Oakley was sent back to live with her parents after more than two years in foster care. The governor's office and the Department of Children Youth and Families won't answer questions about the case citing privacy laws and the ongoing law enforcement investigation.