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Social Workers on Leave

April 14, 2015 permalink

Foster parents Danielle Yates and John Yates failed to adequately nourish their two foster children. The children lost weight under their care. So far, there is nothing unusual. The parents were diverting a stipend for the children for their own use as portrayed two centuries ago by Charles Dickens. What makes this story unusual is that the parents were arrested. Ordinarily foster parents are only prosecuted after their wards die. Even more unusual, three Oregon social workers have been suspended, though they got the mildest possible reprimand, a paid vacation.



DHS employees put on leave after foster parents charged with not providing food, medical care

Danielle Yates and John Yates
Danielle Yates, John Yates, jail booking photos


Three employees of the Department of Human Service's child welfare program are on paid administrative leave following the arrest of two foster parents on charges they did not provide adequate food or medical care to two young children.

Danielle Yates, 31, and John Yates, 42, were taken into custody at 6 p.m. Wednesday after they were indicted by a Yamhill County grand jury.

Deputies said the victims, a 4-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl, had been in the couple's care at their Yamhill home for four years.

In that time, the children actually lost weight, according to detectives. A special investigations unit said the kids spent about a week in the hospital during the Christmas holidays after their condition was discovered by a relative.

A special investigations unit conducted interviews and examined evidence, including medical records, and determined the suspects "were not providing adequate nourishment or medical care to the children," according to the sheriff's office.

The couple has legal guardianship over the children.

Danielle and John Yates were booked in the Yamhill County Jail on two counts each of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Their bail was set at $350,000 each.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Marc Brodeur at 503-434-7506.

The Department of Human Services, released a statement Friday saying the department's director, Lois Day, called on a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to conduct a review of the case and identify any potential systemic issues and areas of improvement.

Source: KPTV