DHS licensing director demoted amid foster care criticism

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SALEM, Ore. — The director of licensing and regulatory oversight at the Oregon Department of Human Services is stepping down amid criticism over how the agency manages foster care providers.

The Statesman Journal reports that Donna Keddy’s last day as director of the Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight is Friday. She will be transferred to Bend as regional manager for vocational rehabilitation in central and eastern Oregon.

Keddy announced her transfer in an April 18 email to her staff. DHS Director Clyde Saiki says the transfer as voluntary and that she asked to be reassigned.

The Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight has been under fire since last year when it was reported that at least seven foster homes had been under investigation for mistreating children without having their licenses removed.