LA Dependency Courts Now Open to Media

Earlier this month, Judge Michael Nash issued a blanketorder allowing the media access to all juvenile court proceedings in Los Angeles. This has caused quite a bit of controversy in the county. According to one reporter, he noted to On the Media, an attorney for children referred to her clients by numbers rather than by […]

Prescription meds for Foster Kids

On December 1, 2011 the GAO released a report of an investigation they did into 6 states – Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, and Texas – on the rates of psychotropic medication prescribed to foster kids in 2008 and state oversight of psychotropic prescriptions for foster kids through October 2011. Overall, the news is not […]

Should juveniles be sentenced to life without parole?

That is the question that the Supreme Court will answer in reviewing two cases from Alabama and Arkansas. Today, the court granted cert on Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs. Miller, at 14 years old, robbed and beat a neighbor to the point that he was incapacitated and set the neighbor’s trailer on fire. […]

Washington Agrees to Overhaul Foster Care System

Washington State, after years of negotiation and law suits, has come to an agreement to overhaul the way children are treated in foster care. “The changes include safeguards protecting children from being shuffled from foster home to foster home, timely medical and mental-health screenings, and requirements that caseworkers visit every month. The settlement also requires […]

Memory and Eyewitness Testimony

OPB Think Out Loud was focused on memory and eyewitness testimony this morning. Spurred by the fact that both the Oregon Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States is taking up the issue of eyewitness identification and the science behind memory, TOL spoke with Dr. Daniel Reisberg, Professor Carrie Leonetti, Detective Jim […]

Foster Kids Win Suit Against DHS

A law suit, filed in 2009 against Clackamas County DHS workers was resolved this week. The case alleged that a brother and sister were terribly abused in foster care, and despite numerous reports to the hotline as well as by the children, DHS workers did nothing until the sister was taken by Life Flight to […]

Native Americans in Foster Care

NPR just started airing the results of a year long investigation on how states, particularly South Dakota, comply with ICWA. The results are startling. Native children are over-represented in the state’s foster care system and this is not a statistic for just South Dakota, but also across the nation. Oregon is ranked 18th in terms […]

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