Oregon agency clarifies proposed child abuse probe change

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Human Services is clarifying a proposed rule change related to child abuse investigations after receiving blowback. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports despite prior statements to the contrary, agency officials say they are not trying to narrow the type of abuse records that can be accessed by the public. ODHS Director Fariborz Pakseresht said their previous statements and communication about the proposed rule change were inaccurate. The agency said instead of trying to narrow the type of abuse records for children who are harmed outside the home, they are merely codifying current practice, which is to not release child abuse investigations that are in progress.