Child Welfare Services

ORS 418.640
Supervision of foster homes

  • foster and adoptive parent training
  • rules
  • law enforcement officer training


The Department of Human Services shall adopt such rules, not inconsistent with ORS 418.625 (Definitions for ORS 418.625 to 418.645) to 418.645 (Appeal from decision of department), as it deems necessary or advisable to protect the best interests of children in foster homes and to carry out the intent and purpose of ORS 418.625 (Definitions for ORS 418.625 to 418.645) to 418.645 (Appeal from decision of department).


(a) The department shall:


Provide training to assist the foster parent both in understanding the mental and emotional problems that occur in child victims of abuse and neglect, including sexual abuse and rape of a child, as defined in ORS 419B.005 (Definitions), and in managing the behavior that may result from such problems; and


Provide training to foster parents and prospective adoptive parents of a child in foster care regarding appropriate ethnic hair and skin care for children of African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American or multiracial descent.


The training under this subsection shall be provided in accordance with rules adopted by the department.


The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training shall develop a training program for law enforcement officers investigating child abuse cases and interviewing child abuse victims. The curriculum shall address the area of training and education necessary to facilitate the skills necessary to investigate reports of child abuse. The curriculum shall include, but not be limited to:


Assessment of risk to child;


Dynamics of child abuse; and


Legally sound and age appropriate interview and investigatory techniques.


The department or duly authorized representative shall visit every certified foster home from time to time and as often as appears necessary to determine that such foster home consistently maintains the standards fixed by the department and that proper care is being given to the children therein. [Formerly 419.408; 1971 c.401 §46; 1989 c.998 §1; 1993 c.622 §§4,4a; 2005 c.22 §291; 2011 c.692 §2]
Chapter 418

Notes of Decisions

Where plaintiffs brought action under 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging violation of federal civil rights after defendant Children's Services Division employees removed plaintiffs' child from home following reports of abuse, CSD workers entitled to absolute immunity in investigation, taking child into custody and keeping plaintiffs from visiting child. Tennyson v. Children's Services Division, 308 Or 80, 775 P2d 1365 (1989)


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