Details revealed in hundreds of pages of newly released records show top Oregon officials knew of a Portland provider’s significant troubles years earlier than previously reported. They also knew of problems in time to have avoided financial mismanagement issues and allegations of abuse that arose later.
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Back in February 2009, the head of Oregon’s child welfare programs emailed her boss with worries about Portland foster care provider Give Us This Day.
"At a site visit last week, numerous concerns arose (on top of the fact that they aren’t licensed) — the most serious of which is that every single staff person has a criminal record," Erinn Kelley-Siel wrote to the Department of Human Services’ director, Bruce Goldberg.
"I know you’ve had extensive involvement in the past with issues concerning [Give Us This Day] — are you currently in discussions with them?" continued Kelley-Siel, who later led the department from 2011 to 2015. "I want to make sure our activities support yours.
Thoughts or suggestions on how to proceed?"
The department eventually stopped placing children at Give Us This Day — but not until almost seven years later, after allegations emerged that the provider had misspent nearly $2 million in state funding.