foster care settlement

Oregon agency pays $1.3M for placing foster child with self-described sex addict

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's child welfare agency has agreed to pay a $1.3 million settlement to a girl who was placed with a foster father later accused of sexual abuse.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state placed the 4-year-old girl into the Gresham home of Gabriel David Wallis and his wife in 2014.The lawsuit claimed the state certified Wallis as a foster care provider despite observing warning signs like he was a self-identified sex addict.

Settlement: Oregon will house fewer foster kids in hotels, motels

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A settlement filed in federal court requires the state of Oregon to reduce the number of children it houses in hotels and motels when other options aren't available.The Statesman Journal reports that the Department of Human Services must limit the number of children in hotels and motels to 24 a year by the end of 2020.The agency temporarily lodged 213 foster children in motels or hotels for at least a single night in 2017.