In her successful campaign for attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum promised, “I will stand up for children.”
If that’s true, or possible, perhaps Rosenblum can put the fear of God and retribution into Oregon’s Department of Human Services, a mission seemingly beneath the notice of the last two Democratic governors, John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski.
In recent days, two more lawyers have filed suit against DHS in Multnomah County, arguing that the agency failed to respond to reports of abuse in foster homes it supervised.
Attorney Josh Lamborn is suing DHS for $1 million on behalf of the 8-year-old girl molested by Leslie Boyd Hayden, her 70-year-old foster father. Although the girl’s biological father twice conveyed his daughter’s complaints to her caseworker, DHS saw no reason to remove the girl from Hayden’s tender loving care until the biological father called police.
Hayden was convicted of first-degree sexual abuse in 2011 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
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