Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Programs

Rule Rule 413-015-1010
Standard of Proof and Possible CPS Assessment Dispositions


(1)

The standard for determining CPS assessment dispositions is reasonable cause to believe.

(2)

The possible CPS assessment dispositions are:

(a)

“Founded,” which means there is reasonable cause to believe the abuse occurred. “Founded” is synonymous with “substantiated” as defined in ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998) - 418.327 (Licensing of private residential boarding schools).

(b)

“Unfounded,” which means there is no evidence the abuse occurred. “Unfounded” is synonymous with “unsubstantiated” as defined in ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998) - 418.327 (Licensing of private residential boarding schools).

(c)

“Unable to determine,” which means there is some indication the abuse occurred, but there is insufficient evidence to conclude that there is reasonable cause to believe the abuse occurred. “Unable to determine” is synonymous with "inconclusive as defined in ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998) - 418.327 (Licensing of private residential boarding schools) and may only be used in the following circumstances:

(A)

After extensive efforts have been made, the CPS worker is unable to locate the family; or

(B)

After completing a CPS assessment, there is insufficient information to support any other disposition and:

(i)

The alleged victim is unable or unwilling to provide consistent information; or

(ii)

There is conflicting or inconsistent information from collateral contacts or family.
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