State of Oregon commits to ending the practice of temporarily lodging foster children in hotels, except in rare circumstances
In 2016 CASA for Children joined, as an organizational plaintiff, a lawsuit aimed at ending the practice of temporarily lodging foster children in hotel rooms. On Feb. 27th, 2018, a successful settlement agreement was filed in federal court setting deadlines for dramatically reducing the practice of lodging children brought into state protective care in hotel and motel rooms, or child welfare offices. The settlement sets a mandate in support of the civil rights of children living in foster care and ensures that every child brought into state foster care is able to transition appropriately to a permanent and safe home.
“This settlement agreement will require us to work together. Our shared priority has always been finding the best solution for the children,” says Betsy Stark Miller, CASA Executive Director and president of the Oregon CASA Network Board of Directors. “We at CASA are grateful for the attention brought to potential hindrances to comprehensive child welfare in our state, and look forward to continuing to work and collaborate with DHS to provide excellent support to the children we serve.”
To learn more about the problems facing the child welfare system in Oregon, you can read the audit recently performed by Secretary of State Richardson, as well as the response by the Department of Human Services. To read further about the lawsuit settlement, follow the link below to a recent OregonLive article reporting on the details: