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Children's Justice Act Task Force

Children's Justice Act Task Force

To improve Oregon’s investigation, prosecution and judicial handling of cases of child ab​use and neglect.

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Current Funding Priorities

1. Domestic Violence -
Develop multi-disciplinary training and support projects that address domestic violence cases where children are involved, and evaluate their effectiveness.

  • Provide multi-disciplinary training on domestic violence;
  • Develop a protocol for a multi-system response and safety assessment in cases where children are witness to domestic violence;
  • Provide training on the Safe and Together model; and
  • Support training for attorneys on dependency cases that involve domestic violence.

2. Sex Abuse –
Standardize forensic interview protocols and provide initial and ongoing training to child interviewers.

  • Provide training on the community's response to child sex abuse cases;
  • Provide training to the medical community on emergent child sex abuse cases; and
  • Provide training on the SAFE kit for kids

3. Bias –
Provide multi-disciplinary training to staff to mitigate bias in decision-making in the child welfare system.

  • Develop and support projects that mitigate generational bias in order to facilitate objective decisions in case planning;
  • Develop and support projects to reduce disproportionality; and
  • Develop guidelines for reporting and responding to reports of abuse from children and young adults in foster care.

4. Court Procedures –
Provide training and support projects that facilitate effective participation in the juvenile court process.

  • Provide training for children in foster care, their relatives, and foster parents about the court process to encourage their participation;
  • Develop a pilot project that combines the DHS Child Safety Meetings with Judicial Settlement Conferences; and
  • Provide training to improve compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

5. Karly’s Law –
Develop and distribute multi-disciplinary training on Karly’s Law.

  • Provide training on Children’s Advocacy Center standards for forensic interviews;
  • Develop protocols for emergent child abuse cases that present at local hospitals; and
  • Provide multi-system training regarding the application of Karly’s Law.

Members

Carrie Rasmussen, Chair
Deputy District Attorney
Hood River County

Shary Mason
JCIP Model Court and Training Analyst
Oregon Judicial Department

Stacey Ayers
Child Safety Program Manager
OCWP/Department of Human Services

Don Darland
Board Member
Oregon Foster Parent Association

Sgt. Michael Bennett
Major Crime Section
Salem Police Department

Robin Reimer
CAMI Grant Coordinator
Oregon Department of Justice

Alison Kelley
Oregon Network of Child Abuse Intervention Centers
CEO, Liberty House

Tim O’Donnell
Deputy District Attorney
Marion County

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