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DHS news release

Nov. 30, 2007

Contact: Greg Parker, 503-945-6955

Mediation regarding Gabriel Allred to continue


Salem – Bryan Johnston, interim assistant director for Oregon Department of Human Services Children, Adults and Families Division, announced today that efforts to mediate a positive outcome in the Gabriel Allred adoption case would continue.


Governor Ted Kulongoski and DHS Director Bruce Goldberg, M.D., requested Johnston to take a fresh look at the adoption case, and initially gave him until Dec. 3 to work out a satisfactory resolution to this issue.


However, given the international logistical challenges of this case, Johnston noted, additional time is needed to allow everyone involved the opportunity to fully participate in the mediation process.


“The most important thing we can do is take the time needed to reach a good solution that is in Gabriel’s best interests,” said Johnston. “Because I want to give all parties adequate time to meet and discuss what we can do for Gabriel, I’ve requested an extension of the timeline.”


Johnston, who has been in contact with the representatives of both Sra. Martinez, Gabriel’s grandmother, and Mr. and Mrs. Brandt, Gabriel’s foster parents, said both have agreed to participate in a mediation process to develop a plan that is in Gabriel’s best interests, both in the short-term and in the years ahead. Johnston added that he continues to expect to be able to reach a successful conclusion to the mediation by mid-December.


“While this process is under way, I again would ask everyone to respect the privacy of both Sra. Martinez and the Brandts,” said Johnston. “Gabriel’s interests will best be served by allowing the families involved to participate in these proceedings without interruption.”