Oregonian Article re Oregon Adoption Assistance Lawsuit

An Overdue Settlement – The State Rightfully Agrees to Pay $ 1.7 Million to Families of Former Foster Children The Oregonian  — In February 2003, during the darkest days of Oregon’s budget crisis, forced school closures got the state some negative national publicity in the comic strip “Doonesbury.” That same month, however, schoolchildren weren’t the only […]

Posted Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Settlement to Repay Adoptive Families

By Karen McCowan  |  Register-Guard  —  The state of Oregon has agreed to pay a combined $1.7 million to thousands of families who adopted Oregon foster children and then saw their promised state assistance abruptly reduced during a 2003 state budget shortfall. The payments to the families of more than 6,688 former foster children are part of a class […]

Posted Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

ASW v. Oregon Settles

The Youth Law Center has settled A.S.W. v. Oregon (aka A.S.W. v. Mink), an Adoption Assistance Program (“AAP”)class action lawsuit filed on behalf of families in Oregon who adopted children from the foster care system and had their AAP payments illegally cut by the state. The law firm of Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller of […]

Posted Monday, July 28th, 2008

San Bernardino Starts Baby Elmo Project

San Bernardino Probation Department held the first session of the Baby Elmo Project, a hands on teen parenting program, on Saturday, July 19th, making it the fourth county to have the program. Here is what the Orange County Chief Probation Officer, Coleene Presiado, said about the Orange County program: “The staff and kids at the […]

Posted Monday, July 21st, 2008