Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Oregon Legislature Wrestles with Child Abuse

There are two chief issues concerning how the Department of Human Services can serve the needs of our communities. The first of these issues concerns funding. Simply stated, DHS doesn't receive enough funds to perform the best service possible.

Instead of outlining my argument on this point, I will direct you to BlueOregon and my recent post there, "Oversight Not Key Remedy".

The other problem, however, is not one that the legislature itself can adequately address. Our society has yet to decide the precise definition of what constitutes child abuse/neglect and their are mixed opinions about how intrusive people want DHS to be.

I hope to discuss this second complex issue later this week.

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