An attorney has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Human Services on behalf of an 8-year-old girl who was molested by her North Portland foster dad. The suit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, faults DHS for failing to adequately respond to reports that something was wrong in the…

When the girl was just 8 years old, the man had earned her mother’s trust enough to be left alone with her. Over the next three years, he crept into her bed. He cornered her on her family’s couch. He waited for her to step out of the shower. By the time the girl was…

Last month confidential files were turned over for a lawsuit in Minnesota to bring attention to the problem of sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America. These files, otherwise known as the “perversion files” or “ineligible volunteer,” span 1999 to 2008, which are more current than similar files presented in an Oregon case last…

By Erin Olson and Josh Lamborn Last week, a courageous and angry Multnomah County jury awarded two little girls a substantial amount of money for enduring nearly two years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in a state-certified foster home. The jurors’ verdict – for every penny they could legally award – was clearly intended…

A plea agreement offered by the Columbia County District Attorney’s office to a Vernonia man charged with 28 counts of sexual crimes involving children isn’t sitting well with at least one of his victims. “The offer was extended – over the objections of my client and the objections of the other victims – for five…

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…