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Raya Menear
Raya Menear
Missing child alert -- Siblings Easton Menear, Raya Menear and Quincy Menear are missing and believed to be at risk (Photo) - 06/12/24

(Salem) – Easton Menear, age 4, Raya Menear, age 1, and Quincy Menear, age 10 months, went missing with their parents Hanna Jewel Hamilton and Christian Michael Menear from Corvallis on April 23. The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division believes that they may be at risk and is searching for them to assess their safety.

ODHS asks the public to help in the effort to find Easton, Raya and Quincy. Anyone who suspects they have information about the location of them or Hanna Jewel Hamilton and Christian Michael Menear should call 911 or the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233)

It is possible that they are in the greater Portland Metro Area. 

Name: Easton Menear
Pronouns: He/him
Date of birth: July 24, 2019
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Brown

Name: Raya Menear
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: Aug. 1, 2022
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Light brown

Name: Quincy Menear
Pronouns: He/him
Date of birth: Nov. 07, 2023
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Brown

Washington County Sheriff Cases #50-24-7084, #50-24-7085 and #50-24-7086
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #2023964

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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Webinar series celebrating 34 years of civil rights for people with disabilities to launch July 9 - 06/12/24

The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC), Northwest ADA Center and Disability Rights Oregon will co-host a free Lunch and Learn webinar series in July in recognition and celebration of the 34th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The informational series will launch on Tuesday, July 9.

“The webinar series not only recognizes the crucial breakthrough that the Americans with Disabilities Act represents but provides an opportunity to share information and advance equity for people with disabilities in Oregon,” said Nakeshia Knight-Coyle, director of the Office of Aging and People with Disabilities in the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).

The series will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesdays throughout July. Members of the public are welcome to participate.

Topics by date are:

  • July 9: History and success of the Olmstead Case
  • July 16: Spotlighting the talents of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities
  • July 23: History of the ADA, current wins and ongoing efforts
  • July 30: Boards and Commissions in action: information, awareness and impacts 

Register in advance through the event webpage on Zoom

More information about the series will be shared on the Oregon Department of Human Services ADA event web page.

The series will be accessible to people with disabilities and will be translated into Spanish. Captioning and American Sign Language interpretation will also be provided. For questions about accessibility for the webinar series, or to request an accommodation, contact OregonDisabilities.Commission@odhsoha.oregon.gov.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Oregon Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

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Invitación a ferias informativas gratuitas y divertidas para adultos mayores en los condados de Klamath y Lake - 06/07/24

El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregon (ODHS) se unió con centros comunitarios y socios en los condados de Klamath y Lake para colaborar en la organización de dos ferias de recursos informativas y divertidas para adultos mayores. Los dos eventos gratuitos están abiertos a todos. Las ferias tendrán personas dando discursos informativos, actividades, regalos, mesas de información y recursos y comida.

En coordinación con la Oficina para Adultos Mayores y Personas con Discapacidades (APD) de ODHS, incluyendo el programa de Servicios de Protección para Adultos de APD, los eventos están siendo organizados por el Consejo de Envejecimiento de los Condados de Klamath y Lake, el Centro para Personas Mayores del Klamath Basin, el Centro para Personas Mayores del Condado de Lake y otras agencias comunitarias asociadas. La información que se va a compartir en el evento incluye consejos sobre cómo evitar las últimas estafas en reconocimiento del Día Mundial de Toma de Conciencia del Abuso a las Personas Mayores en junio.

Compartimos aquí la información para asistir a los eventos:

Evento Informativo y Feria de Recursos en Klamath Falls

  • Cuándo: De 10 a.m. a 12:30 p.m., martes, 11 de junio del 2024.
  • Dónde: Centro para Personas Mayores del Klamath Basin (Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center), 2045 Arthur St., Klamath Falls, Oregon, 97603.

Evento Informativo y Feria de Recursos en Lakeview

  • Cuándo: De 11 a.m. a 1 p.m., miércoles, 12 de junio del 2024.
  • Dónde: Centro para Personas Mayores del Condado de Lake (Lake County Senior Center) 11 N. G St., Lakeview, Oregon, 97630.

Otros detalles y accesibilidad: Se servirá comida en ambos eventos. Para preguntas generales, preguntas sobre accesibilidad o para solicitar una adaptación Contacte a Josh Woodson al (541) 273-3044 o envíe un correo electrónico a Joshua.N.Woodson@odhs.oregon.gov.         

Public invited to free, fun informational fairs for older adults in Klamath, Lake counties - 06/07/24

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) joined with community centers and partners in Klamath and Lake counties to co-host two fun, informational resource fairs that are tailored for older adults. The two free events are open to everyone. They will feature speakers, activities, giveaways, information and resource booths as well as lunch. 

In coordination with the ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities (APD), including the APD Adult Protective Services program, the events are being hosted by the Klamath and Lake Counties Council on Aging, the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center, Lake County Senior Center and other community partner agencies. Information provided will include tips on how to avoid the latest scams in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in June. 

Here is more information on how to attend:

Klamath Falls Informational Event and Resource Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Where: Klamath Basin Senior Citizens’ Center, 2045 Arthur St., Klamath Falls, Oregon, 97603

Lakeview Informational Event and Resource Fair

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

Where: Lake County Senior Center, 11 N. G St., Lakeview, Oregon 97630

Other details and accessibilityLunch will be served at both events. For general questions as well as questions about accessibility, or to request an accommodation, contact Josh Woodson at (541) 273-3044 or send an email to Joshua.N.Woodson@odhs.oregon.gov.

Scotlyne West
Scotlyne West
Missing child alert -- Scotlyne West is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo) - 06/07/24

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Scotlyne West, age 16, a child in foster care who went missing from The Dalles on June 3. She is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Scotlyne and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.

Scotlyne was last seen in Salem but may be trying to travel to eastern Oregon. 

Name: Scotlyne West
Pronouns: she/her
Date of birth: Dec. 26, 2007
Height: 5-foot-4
Weight: 150 pounds
Hair: Dyed blond 
Eye color: Blue
Other identifying information: Scotlyne wears glasses and has several tattoos. She has a tattoo on her right upper arm of a bull skull. 
Wasco County Case #5240291
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #2023084

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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Oregon pone en marcha un programa de beneficios de comida EBT de verano para menores en edad escolar. - 06/06/24

Lo que hay que saber:

  • El EBT de verano es un nuevo programa federal de beneficios de comida para ayudar a las familias a comprar comida para sus hijos en edad escolar durante el verano.
  • Oregon proporcionará más de 35 millones de dólares en beneficios de comida EBT de verano a unos 294,000 niños en edad escolar a partir de finales de junio de 2024.
  • Las familias con hijos que cumplan los requisitos recibirán un pago único de 120 dólares para beneficios de comida.

(Salem, OR) - EBT de Verano de Oregon es un nuevo programa de beneficios de comida para ayudar a reducir la falta de comida cuando los niños están de vacaciones de verano y no tienen acceso fácil a comidas saludables en la escuela. El EBT de verano comienza a finales de junio y proporcionará $120 por niño elegible para comprar comida.  

"Faltan pocos días para las vacaciones de verano de las familias con hijos en edad escolar. Durante el verano, muchas familias deben proporcionar otras 10 comidas por niño por semana. La presión que esto supone para el presupuesto familiar puede hacer que el hambre infantil aumente. El EBT de verano está en camino para ayudar", dijo la Dra. Charlene Williams, Directora del Departamento de Educación de Oregon (ODE, por sus siglas en inglés), que se ha asociado con el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregon (ODHS, por sus siglas en inglés) para ofrecer el nuevo programa.

"El EBT de verano es un programa basado en la evidencia que ha demostrado reducir el hambre infantil y contribuir a dietas más saludables. Queremos dar a conocer este nuevo programa y asegurarnos de que las familias sepan qué esperar y qué hacer cuando el programa comience", dijo Fariborz Pakseresht, Director del ODHS. "El hambre infantil puede tener efectos duraderos en la salud y el rendimiento académico. Lograr que todos los niños elegibles estén inscritos al EBT de verano ayudará a los niños de Oregon a prosperar durante todo el año y durante todo su crecimiento."

¿Quién es elegible para los beneficios de comida del EBT de verano?

Las familias pueden encontrar información detallada sobre el EBT de verano en el sitio web ebtv.oregon.gov.

Los niños en edad escolar típicamente tienen derecho al EBT de verano si:

  • Su hogar ya participa en el Programa Suplementario de Asistencia Nutricional (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés), Programa de Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas (TANF, por sus siglas en inglés) o el Plan de Salud de Oregon (OHP, también conocido como Medicaid), o bien
  • Están en cuidado de crianza, o
  • Asisten a una escuela que ofrece el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares o el Programa de Desayunos Escolares, y los ingresos de su hogar cumplen los requisitos para recibir comidas escolares gratuitas o a precio reducido, o bien
  • Asisten a una escuela que ofrece el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares o el Programa de Desayunos Escolares y:
    • Están inscritos en programas para migrantes
    • Pasan por una situación de falta de vivienda
    • Participan en el Programa de Distribución de Alimentos en Reservaciones Indígenas
    • Participan en el programa Head Start.

Las familias que reciben EBT de verano pueden seguir participando en otros programas de comidas de sus escuelas y comunidades.

Las beneficios del EBT de verano no son considerados carga pública y están disponibles a los niños sin importar su estatus migratorio.  

¿Cómo recibirán las familias los beneficios de comida del EBT de verano?

Hay dos maneras en que las familias pueden acceder a los beneficios del EBT de verano. Alrededor del 70% de los niños que cumplan los requisitos se inscribirán automáticamente en el programa EBT de verano. Las familias del 30% restante tendrán que llenar una solicitud muy simple.

  • Inscripción automática: Las familias que participan en SNAP, TANF o OHP se inscribirán automáticamente y no tendrán que solicitar el EBT de verano. Los niños en hogares de crianza también serán inscritos automáticamente. Para las familias que reciben beneficios de SNAP o TANF, se añadirá el EBT de verano a la tarjeta EBT de Oregon de la familia. Para las familias que reciben OHP, una nueva tarjeta EBT será enviada a la dirección registrada. Las familias recibirán una carta por cada niño elegible por correo o correo electrónico cuando sus beneficios hayan sido enviados. Recibirán los beneficios en un solo pago.
  • Solicitud: Las familias con niños que no sean automáticamente elegibles pueden solicitar el EBT de verano. Para ser elegibles, los niños deben estar inscritos en una escuela con comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido y vivir en un hogar que cumpla con los requisitos de ingresos para comidas gratuitas o a precio reducido. En el sitio web ebtv.oregon.gov, las familias pueden inscribirse para recibir una notificación por mensaje de texto o correo electrónico cuando llegue el momento de llenar la solicitud. Como parte de esta solicitud, las familias deben proporcionar el nombre del niño, la escuela, la fecha de nacimiento, la dirección y los ingresos familiares. Las familias que cumplan los requisitos recibirán por correo una tarjeta EBT de Oregon. Recibirán los beneficios en un solo pago.

Las familias pueden utilizar sus beneficios del EBT de verano en tiendas y mercados de agricultores que acepten EBT.

Más información sobre el EBT de verano

El EBT de verano se convirtió en un programa nuevo y permanente para los estados y ciertas organizaciones tribales indígenas a través de la Ley de Asignaciones Consolidadas federales de 2023. La mayoría de los estados comenzarán a ofrecer el EBT de verano en junio de 2024. La participación de Oregon fue posible gracias a una inversión de la Legislatura del Estado de Oregon de 12 millones de dólares. Esa inversión atraerá 83 millones de dólares en fondos federales a Oregon, principalmente en forma de beneficios de comida que las familias gastarán en sus comunidades.

Recursos adicionales para ayudar a cubrir las necesidades básicas

  • Las familias pueden obtener más ayuda de otros programas de comidas de verano, así como a través de estos recursos de comida: Encuentre recursos de comida en su comunidad en el sitio web: alimentos.oregon.gov
  • Encuentre una despensa de comida: oregonfoodbank.org
  • Envía la palabra "COMIDA" o “FOOD” al 304-304
  • Infórmese sobre programas gubernamentales y recursos comunitarios para personas mayores y discapacitadas: Conexión de Recursos para Personas Mayores y Discapacitadas (Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon; ADRC, por sus siglas en inglés): 1-855-673-2372 o https://www.adrcoforegon.org.
  • Marque 2-1-1 o envíe un mensaje de texto con su código postal al 898-211, 211info.org
  • Para encontrar recursos y ayudas locales, póngase en contacto con su Agencia de Acción Comunitaria: www.caporegon.org/find-services/


 

Summer EBT Logo
Summer EBT Logo
Oregon launching Summer EBT food benefits program for school-aged children (Photo) - 06/06/24

Need to know: 

  • Summer EBT is a new federal food benefits program to help families buy food for their school-aged children during the summer.
  • Oregon will provide more than $35 million in Summer EBT food benefits to around 294,000 school-aged children beginning in late June 2024.
  • Families with eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $120 in food benefits.

(Salem, OR) – Oregon Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer (Summer EBT) is a new food benefits program to help shrink the hunger gap when children are on summer break and don’t have easy access to healthy meals at school. Summer EBT starts in late June and will provide $120 per eligible child to buy food.  

“Summer break is days away for families with school-age children. During the summer, many families must provide another 10 meals per child, per week. The strain that puts on a family’s grocery budget can amplify child hunger. Summer EBT is on its way to help,” said Dr. Charlene Williams, Director of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) which is partnering with the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) to provide the new program. 

“Summer EBT is an evidence-based program proven to reduce child hunger and support healthier diets. We want to raise awareness about this new program and make sure families know what to expect and do when the program begins,” said Fariborz Pakseresht, ODHS Director. “Child hunger can have lasting impacts on health and academic achievement. Getting every eligible child connected to Summer EBT will help Oregon’s children thrive year-round and as they grow up.”

Who is eligible for Summer EBT food benefits?

Families can find details about Summer EBT at sebt.oregon.gov

School-aged children are typically eligible for Summer EBT if:

  • Their household already participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Oregon Health Plan (OHP, also known as Medicaid), or
  • They are in foster care, or

 They attend a school that offers the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, and their household’s income meets the requirements for free or reduced-price school meals, or

  • They attend a school that offers the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program and are:
    • Enrolled in migrant programs
    • Experiencing houselessness
    • Participating in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Attending Head Start

Families receiving Summer EBT can continue participating in other meal programs in their schools and communities. 

Summer EBT benefits are not considered in a public charge test and are available to children regardless of immigration status.  

How will families receive Summer EBT food benefits? 

There are two ways families can access Summer EBT benefits. About 70 percent of eligible children will be automatically enrolled in Summer EBT. Families of the remaining 30 percent of eligible children will need to fill out a simple application. 

  • Automatic enrollment: Families that participate in SNAP, TANF or OHP will be automatically enrolled and don’t need to apply. Children in foster care also will be automatically enrolled. For families receiving SNAP or TANF benefits, Summer EBT will be added to the household's Oregon EBT card. For families receiving OHP, a new EBT card will be mailed to the address on file. Families will get a letter for each eligible child by mail or email when their benefits have been sent. They will receive the benefits in one payment. 
  • Application: Families with children who are not automatically eligible can apply for Summer EBT. To be eligible, children must be enrolled in a school with free or reduced-price meals and live in a household that meets the income requirements for free or reduced-price meals. At sebt.oregon.gov, families can sign-up to get a notification by text or email when it’s time to complete the application. As part of this application, families must provide the child’s name, school, date of birth, address and household income. Qualifying families will be mailed an Oregon EBT card. They will receive the benefits in one payment. 

Families can use their Summer EBT benefits at stores and farmer’s markets that accept EBT. 

More about Summer EBT 

Summer EBT became a new, permanent program for states and certain Indian Tribal Organizations through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. Most states will start providing Summer EBT in June 2024. Oregon’s participation was made possible through an investment from the Oregon State Legislature of $12 million. That investment will draw $83 million in federal funding to Oregon, mostly in the form of grocery benefits families will spend in their communities. 

Additional resources to help meet basic needs

  • Families can get more support from other summer meal programs as well as through these food resources: Find food resources in your community: needfood.oregon.gov 
  • Find a food pantry: foodfinder.oregonfoodbank.org 
  • Text the word “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 304-304
  • Learn about government programs and community resources for older adults and people with disabilities: Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or https://www.adrcoforegon.org
  • Dial 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211, www.211info.org 
  • Find local resources and support by contacting your local Community Action Agency: www.caporegon.org/find-services/ 

 

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UPDATE - Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Odin E. Grant has been found - 05/28/24

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Odin E. Grant. 

Odin, age 1, is a child who went missing from Hood River on May 3. He was found May 23. 

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 

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Recognizing the importance of connection during Older Americans Month - 05/28/24

(Salem, OR) – Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is celebrated every May and is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of older Americans and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities. The 2024 Older Americans Month theme is Powered by Connection, which focuses on the profound impact that meaningful connections have on the well-being and health of older adults.

“Social connection plays an important role in the mental, emotional and physical well-being of everyone,” said Nakeshia Knight-Coyle, Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) Office of Aging and People with Disabilities (APD). “Building inclusive programs that help older adults connect with others in their settings of choice to support their well-being is a top priority for the Office of Aging and People with Disabilities.”

As Governor Tina Kotek’s proclamation of Older Americans Month says, “Oregon benefits when people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are welcomed, included, and supported; and We recognize the need to create an Oregon that offers the services and supports older adults may need to make choices about how they age; and We are striving to build age-friendly communities for people ages 0 to 100+ who are included, engaged and can thrive...” 

The ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities maintains a number of programs focused on reducing social isolation, promoting healthy aging and fostering connection for older adults in Oregon. Recent accomplishments include:

  • APD contracted with GrandPad to provide free tablets to people who receive Medicaid long-term care services and supports at home. This partnership aims to help older adults overcome social isolation by easily connecting with family and friends. Approximately 375 in-home Medicaid consumers received GrandPads in 2023, with an additional 275 GrandPads distributed at PACE programs throughout the state. 
  • The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon provides information and referral services and options counseling to help older adults and people with disabilities, regardless of immigration status, find supports that meet their needs and help them connect with others. Through the ADRC’s online database of more than 5,000 resources, people can also search for community support and recreation activities such as volunteer activities, wellness programs and more. People of all ages can also find volunteer opportunities on ODHS’ volunteer webpage
  • Oregon’s 2023 – 2026 State Plan on Aging focuses on building an Age-Friendly Oregon. The goals of the plan include developing programs that reduce social isolation and feelings of loneliness among older adults, especially those who belong to rural communities or communities that have been socially and economically marginalized. 
  • Meal sites for older adults throughout the state of Oregon also provide opportunities for older adults to connect with others in their community. Between 2022 and 2023, the federally funded Senior Nutrition Program supplied 572,020 healthy meals for 14,008 people aged 60 and older at 117 meal sites in Oregon. To find a meal site, contact the ADRC of Oregon at 1-855-673-2372 or visit https://adrcoforegon.org.
  • Councils and commissions under the Office of Aging and People with Disabilities provide opportunities for people to participate in policy and rule development, and shape how programs can best serve older adults in Oregon. ​The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Advisory Council provides guidance and recommendations on statewide development, expansion, evaluation and quality improvement in services of the ADRC network.​ The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services works to further the interests of Oregon’s older adults by studying programs and budgets of all state agencies that affect older adults and people with disabilities and recommending plans for delivery of services to older adults.

About the Office of Aging and People with Disabilities:

APD’s vision is to ensure Oregon’s older adults, people with disabilities and their families experience person-centered services, supports and early interventions that are innovative and help maintain independence, promote safety, wellbeing, honor choice, respect cultural preferences, and uphold dignity.

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Settlement Reached in Oregon Foster Care Class-Action Lawsuit: Parties Agree to Transform System for Thousands of Children in its Care - 05/24/24

Eugene, OR– Today, Governor Tina Kotek, the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Agency Director Fariborz Pakseresht, and Child Welfare Director Aprille Flint-Gerner entered into a settlement agreement with Disability Rights Oregon, A Better Childhood, Rizzo Bosworth Eraut PC, and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, attorneys representing thousands of children and young adults experiencing foster care in Oregon. This settlement agreement stemmed from a class-action lawsuit, Wyatt B. et al. v. Kotek et al., that sought to improve Oregon’s foster care system. 

The settlement agreement stipulates, in part:

  • The State will contract with a mutually agreed upon Neutral Expert to address important foster care system outcome areas including maltreatment of children; quality of appropriate placements; re-entry rates; timeliness of case planning and age-appropriate mental, physical and dental health care assessments and referrals; notification and delivery of required reports of child maltreatment; and up to two (2) additional findings by the Neutral Expert within two (2) years that are actionable under the U.S. Constitution or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
     
  • The Neutral Expert’s Initial Review shall occur by April 20, 2025 (extendable up to 90 days at request of Neutral Expert) and be followed by annual reviews assessing improvements.
     
  • The Governor shall provide support to ODHS toward its efforts to achieve outcomes by assisting ODHS’s collaboration with other state agencies and by reviewing the Initial Review and annual reviews.
     
  • The Settlement Agreement ends when the Neutral Expert determines ODHS is in substantial compliance with terms or within 10 years (whichever is sooner). If, after 10 years, the Neutral Expert determines additional time is needed, the Neutral Expert may recommend an extension of no more than two (2) years.

“This case has always been about providing children in the foster care system what they need to recover from trauma and thrive—stability, safety, and nurturing from the adults in their life,” said Jake Cornett, Executive Director and CEO of Disability Rights Oregon. “After more than five years, we’re grateful Governor Kotek and the Department of Human Services see the promise of working collectively to improve Oregon’s foster care system.”

“We are grateful for the willingness of all involved in this litigation to come together to find ways to achieve our mutual goal of improving outcomes for Oregon children and families,” said ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht. “This agreement is a testament to the progress we have made in child welfare over the past several years and allows us to focus on the important work ahead.”

“We are very pleased that this case has settled,” said Marcia Lowry, Executive Director of A Better Childhood. “We have seen that a collaborative approach to reform in other lawsuits has produced excellent results in other child welfare systems, and we hope the same will happen in Oregon. It takes both sides being committed to actual progress, measurable outcomes, and real results, which we are committed to seeing happen in Oregon.” 

“This settlement gives us the opportunity to continue our efforts to transform the child welfare system by supporting and preserving families – while focusing on continuous improvements that will yield better outcomes for families we serve,” said ODHS Child Welfare Director Aprille Flint-Gerner. “We appreciate the hard work by both parties in reaching an agreement that is positive for Oregon children and families.”

Resources

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Oregon Department of Human Services(ODHS) is Oregon's principal agency for helping Oregonians achieve well-being and independence. It provides direct services to more than 1 million Oregonians each year. These services are a key safety net for people in diverse communities across Oregon.

Disability Rights Oregon upholds the civil rights of people with disabilities to live, work, and engage in the community. Serving as Oregon’s Protection & Advocacy system since 1977, the nonprofit works to transform systems, policies, and practices to give more people the opportunity to reach their full potential.

A Better Childhood is a national nonprofit advocacy organization that uses the courts to reform dysfunctional child welfare systems around the country. 

Rizzo Bosworth Eraut PC is a litigation firm with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. We work primarily on complex civil matters representing individuals, businesses, and insurers in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho.

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Odin with Cecilia and Jimmie
Odin with Cecilia and Jimmie
Missing child alert -- Odin E. Grant, age 1, is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo) - 05/23/24

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Odin E. Grant, age 1, a child who was last seen in Hood River and The Dalles, May 3, 2024, with his mother, Cecilia Grant aka Cecilia Gomez. Odin is believed to be in danger. 

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find him and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see him. 

Odin and his mother may be in Hood River or The Dalles. They may be with be with Jimmie Champion.

Name: Odin E. Grant
Pronouns: He/him 
Date of birth: Nov. 21, 2022
Height:  2 feet, 8.68 inches
Weight: 29 pounds
Hair: Light brown
Eye color: Blue
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #2022100
Hood River Police Department Case #P240429

Sometimes when a child is missing, they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may disappear repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child. 

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.  

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