Judge blocks sending Oregon foster kids to Idaho facility


DHS sends kids to Mountain Home Academy in southern Idaho

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Lane County judge has blocked Oregon child welfare officials from sending a foster child to live at an Idaho facility after the boy’s attorney pointed out a technicality that could impact the state’s ability to place more foster children there.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a 1975 law says facilities that take in Oregon foster children must be incorporated. Mountain Home is a limited liability company, a type of business that is not incorporated.

The Department of Human Services sends more foster children to live at Mountain Home Academy in southern Idaho than any other facility outside Oregon. State child welfare officials say they will still consider sending foster children to live at Mountain Home if necessary.

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