Oregon Foster Care Crisis

Oregon DHS Defies Washington Protection Order, Allows Abuser Contact

Audits of Oregon State’s foster care system have revealed shocking conditions and recent civil lawsuit payouts exceeding $39 million according to a report released by the Secretary of State’s Office on January 31, 2018. Amid this child welfare crisis, 3 Washington children have been knowingly placed in harm’s way by DHS case workers from Portland’s Alberta Branch who were made aware of the violation of law and risk to the children. Oregon holds only temporary jurisdiction in this case as the children are Washington residents. A jurisdictional hearing is currently underway before Judge Susan Svetkey in Multnomah County.

In 2015, King County, Washington Superior Court Judge Janet M. Helson signed a lifetime no contact order against William Lance Ulich naming all three children as protected parties. Ulich was deemed by the court to pose a serious threat of violence to his ex-wife, his son and two non-biological children. The mother and children were also granted confidential relocation and sealed name changes by the court as a measure of safety from Ulich, the perpetrator of domestic violence that the family had witnessed and been victim to.

William Lance Ulich maintains a close personal relationship with his ex-wife’s estranged mother. The maternal grandmother was granted foster care placement by Oregon DHS against her daughter’s expressed concerns for the children’s safety in their grandmother’s care. The grandmother was later discovered to be the anonymous caller to CPS claiming her 15-year-old grandson was a potential victim of abuse that resulted in removal of the children from their mother’s sole custody. The foster care grandmother has allowed and encouraged Mr. Ulich to have unlawful, unsupervised access to her grandchildren in violation of the protection order since they were taken into DHS custody.

Despite repeated letters of concern to the Department, Oregon DHS has been complicit to continuous violations of a lifetime DV protection order. According to Washington statute RCW 26.50.110, domestic violence court order violations are charged as misdemeanors up to 3. Subsequent violations are charged as felonies, regardless of circumstance.

WARNING: The video below shows one instance of domestic abuse suffered by Trisha and witnessed by her children. It is accompanied by audio of the event that contains language from Lance Ulich that may not be appropriate for all audiences.

[BELOW: Public Record of Lifetime Restraining Order from King County Superior Court; posted as screen shot for redaction purposes, and to protect the identity of minor children]

[2nd screen shot–redacted]

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28 thoughts on “Oregon DHS Defies Washington Protection Order, Allows Abuser Contact

  1. So Multnomah County DHS took 3 kids from their mom and gave them to the grandmother, and the grandmother lets the domestic violence abuser have contact with the kids even though there is a legal court order forbidding contact? And DHS knows about it and is allowing it? What about the police? Do they know about it? And what do you mean by “close personal relationship” with William Lance Ulich? Is the grandmother dating the man who domestically abused her daughter? That’s sick!

    DHS can’t stop screwing up, can they? This story needs to get into mainstream media so Oregon taxpayers find out how much this government agency is costing them.

  2. Governor Kate Brown fails again. Oregon has one of the most dangerous and inept foster care systems in the nation, yet nothing is done to reform it. Stories of children abused in foster care have become the norm and it is doubtful that the broken system truly serves any child when you look at the statistics. I am not surprised to hear that the state is knowingly allowing a dangerous proven domestic abuser to access foster care children, as I have read countless stories where inept agency idiots sided with proven abusers to float fabricated cases, typically cases brought by the abuser!

    Shame on that sick grandmother for doing this to her daughter and grandchildren. A safe grandparent would step into help not to further victimize. It sounds like the ex and grandmother have a motive and are likely having a personal relationship. Is anyone looking into confirming that motive? Another victimized family at the hands of Oregon child welfare. I will be hoping this family finds justice and that she and her children sue the pants off they system that did this. Please continue to cover this story.

  3. It’s been known that Oregon DHS is corrupt. It’s not surprising they would walk through a restraining order. It’s about money NOT THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN!
    I’ve heard about too many families going through this. We moved out of Oregon because of how dangerous OR. DHS IS.
    I hope this woman gets her children back!
    I can’t imagine how horrible this has been for her and her family. Do the right thing OREGON! Now is your chance!

  4. An anonymous accusation is taken as fact and a family is thrown into the system? Was there an investigation? How is this legal??
    Why is the state KNOWINGLY supporting a known abuser??

  5. What does the grandmother get out of this? Is she being paid? I know foster parents get a good amount of support from the state. Makes you wonder how much she gets.
    This is just absolutely disgusting!

  6. Once again, the state removes children from their parents and destroys their lives for alleged abuse and puts them in the path of actual proven abusers!

    At what point will politicians and the courts begin to question the judgement and credibility of DHS/CPS and stop treating their word as inerrant doctrine?! With their track record of children abused in their care it’s shocking they are not themselves arrested! Any other organization with such harmful and pitiful results would be disbanded and the administrative leaders would be fired and/or arrested.

    My heart goes out to those children and their mother! Being betrayed by their grandmother/mother is such a tragedy. A tragedy that DHS has facilitated. I pray justice prevails and the state starts helping instead of harming.

    Such a truly horrifying video!

  7. I have a question for the District Attorney who’s overseeing this whole charade:

    Rod Underhill, as the District Attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon, you are “best known for (your) tireless advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims, child sexual abuse victims, combating gang violence and human trafficking and supporting crime victim’s rights,” (http://mcda.us/index.php/about-the-da/meet-the-da/), so why have you permitted a DDA within your office to defy King County, Washington Superior Court Judge Janet M. Helson’s signed lifetime “no contact” order against William Lance Ulich, naming all three of Trisha DeLaurent’s children as protected parties under said ruling? Do the rulings of judges in different counties or states not apply to the DA, DHS or law enforcement within Multnomah County, Oregon?

    “Ulich was deemed by the court to pose a serious threat of violence to his ex-wife, his son and two non-biological children”, yet Oregon’s DHS has blatantly and openly refused to abide by Judge Helson’s ruling by allowing Ulich unrestricted access to the 3 children despite repeated letters of concern from various parties involved. How can your DDA representing DHS in this matter knowingly place children in harm’s way? How does this action reflect the beliefs you have professed of protecting victims of domestic violence?

    As a US Citizen, Oregon taxpayer and voter, I am appalled by DHS’s blatant disregard for the welfare of the DeLaurent children, as evidenced by their choice to place the kids with a known violent abuser. Have you looked into this situation? If so, Multnomah County citizens would like to see our elected District Attorney do the right thing and get those children removed from William Lance Ulich and placed in safe foster homes until they can be returned to their mother. Isn’t that what DHS is SUPPOSED to do? Place kids in safe homes until they can be reunited with their parent(s)? One of your DDA’s is representing DHS in this matter, so you do have the means to effect a change. Please do it.

  8. Shame on the State of Oregon. Once again, Oregon DHS is supposed to be protecting families and instead is putting this vulnerable mother and her children directly in harm’s way. A lifetime Domestic Violence Protection Order in the State of Washington means there was egregious, court documented evidence of domestic abuse and violence against this mother and her children and their lives were in danger. If anything happens to them now, the State of Oregon is 100% liable. Will be calling my representatives. Where is the justice for this family?

  9. I must be missing something here. There is a lifetime no contact order in effect, yet the perp has contact? It truly is this simple. WHY Oregon?

  10. Heartbreaking and horrifying! How is it that a man who has committed domestic abuse and has a Lifetime Protection Order against him can be given custody as a foster parent for one of the very children the order was designed to protect??? Where is the social worker tasked with protecting this child? Where is law enforcement in protecting this dear mother and all 3 of the children? How long have they been away from their mom? How could the state of Oregon remove her children from her care when she is the victim and place one illegally with the man who repeatedly beat her and another with a very questionable grandmother who allows the abuser illegal access to the child she has? Where were the investigators? Where is justice for this mother and her children?

  11. My God, in reading the horrific ordeal this little mother and children are going through brought back memories of my own nightmare. I escaped an abusive marriage, literally running away at 2AM with my 4 month old daughter in one arm and my cat in the other. I almost lost my darling daughter in my 7.5 month of pregnancy. If I didn’t have my beautiful family who lovingly welcomed me home, I doubt I would have survived. In fact, his first wife did not survive and I was always suspicious something horrible happened to her…..My experience took place during 1982, a time when many women were not properly represented or protected by the courts. My only goal was to protect my daughter from my husband, her father, and believe me, I became a lioness! I was blessed with a strong faith, and for me, God worked overtime. My ex was a very wealthy man whose money paid for the very best lawyers. I asked for nothing, but full custody of my daughter which was “everything” to me! It was unheard of during that time for a mother to receive total custody, but angels were guiding and miraculously the courts decided in my favor. It took another 9 years for my ex to finally quiet down with his threats enabling me to go forward to provide a life for both my daughter and me! She and I both are survivors and our story has been shared for years with organizations that shelter abused women.

    It is so important for our courts and communities to understand the horrors of living with someone you love, who doesn’t love you and is persistent in breaking your spirit. There can be nothing worse than being afraid to put your head down on your pillow in your own bed and not being able to rest for fear of what your spouse will do to you. It’s obscene that courts do not recognize the danger signs in this case. Sadly, any attention that spotlights her personal story will lead her ex to her. I pray this woman is guided to the best lawyer to defend her and her children. God bless her…..she’s living a nightmare! Oregon needs to wake up!

  12. My God, in reading the horrific ordeal this little mother and children are going through brought back memories of my own nightmare. I escaped an abusive marriage, literally running away at 2AM with my 4 month old daughter in one arm and my cat in the other. I almost lost my darling daughter in my 7.5 month of pregnancy. If I didn’t have my beautiful family who lovingly welcomed me home, I doubt I would have survived. In fact, his first wife did not survive and I was always suspicious something horrible happened to her…..My experience took place during 1982, a time when many women were not properly represented or protected by the courts. My only goal was to protect my daughter from my husband, her father, and believe me, I became a lioness! I was blessed with a strong faith, and for me, God worked overtime. My ex was a very wealthy doctor whose money paid for the very best lawyers. I asked for nothing, but full custody of my daughter which was “everything” to me! It was unheard of during that time for a mother to receive total custody, but angels were guiding and miraculously the courts decided in my favor. It took another 9 years for my ex to finally quiet down with his threats enabling me to go forward to provide a life for both my daughter and me! She and I both are survivors and our story has been shared for years with organizations that shelter abused women.

    It is so important for our courts and communities to understand the horrors of living with someone you love, who doesn’t love you and is persistent in breaking your spirit. There can be nothing worse than being afraid to put your head down on your pillow in your own bed and not being able to rest for fear of what your spouse will do to you. It’s obscene that courts do not recognize the danger signs in this case. Sadl,y any attention that spotlights her personal story will lead her ex to her. I pray this woman is guided to a shelter that knows the best lawyer to defend her and her children. God bless her…..she’s living a nightmare! Oregon needs to wake up before this woman never does!

  13. This is now institutionalized abuse and violation of protection orders. Please stop this. Return the children to their mother. Put them in protective custody/relocation. Lock up the abuser and throw away the key. And the grandmother, as complicit also needs to go to prison. Please stop this corrupt practice. Please save the mother and children. Please protect her. I have posted this on facebook. The world is looking at what you’re doing to families that you’re supposed to protect and care for.

  14. Obviously if a judge orders a lifetime restraining order, there must have been horrid and very compelling evidence to warrant such an extreme measure. And they want to ignore it? Children’s safety comes first and foremost!

  15. Oregon…do the right thing by these children. Uphold the rights of children to not be out in jeopardy.
    If you choose not to this story will be given to Dan Rather’s News and Guts and you will be exposed for the horrible abusers you are!

  16. #OregonDHS Shame on any law enforcement agency that is not protecting the women and her children. HAVE YOU NOT LEARNED ANYTHING! OR are you waiting for it to be too late.

  17. This is beyond sad. It could happen to any one of us. And to think the system that’s supposed to keep families safe perpetuates and allows the abuse to continue. It’s plain sickening. What is wrong with the system? Something is seriously wrong and I hope President Trump gets involved and that people lose jobs. This level of incompetence should be nipped in the bud from the top down.

  18. Trisha is a mother to be highly respected for all she has done for her children and others thru Isabella’s Aviary. She is always doing 110 percent for her children despite the obstacles of a violent marriage. Her children need to be in her home with her nuturing love…..safe from her mother and ex husband. I cannot express my heartfelt sorrow that Oregon has put these chilren into the hands of abusers. Trisha and her children are an incredible family of love, compassion, and a team in all ways. Oregon should be penalized for making these children suffer at the hands of abusers. Trisha has made extreme efforts to keep her kids safe…….and now Oregon has failed her

  19. Please protect these children and give Trisha full custody and protection. I cannot believe how this has been handled!!!! These children are in grave danger without their mother. I am losing hop in the judicial system.

  20. Lance is a douche-canoe. I have had the misfortune of knowing him for years. He is probably a sociopath, smart dude, but opportunistic, cold, self serving, and always the victim. He’s a big guy, at least 6’4 and 240. Trish is tiny, maybe 120. He beat the crap out of her more times than I can count. I’d come to the house and there would be holes in the wall, stuff broken, and she would be covered in bruises. I was so thankful that she escaped with her life and was able to save herself and the kids. Later I found out that Lance has been beating on women for over 30 years, starting with his first baby mama, continuing with the next, and then Trish. I can’t imagine that kind of violence changes after so long, hopefully articles like this can alert the next girlfriend before she becomes his next victim.

    Lance is a guy that has no regard for laws. He has more traffic violations than I can count. Instead of being thankful for his job making over 120k per year he stole from Microsoft and was canned. He seems to get off on breaking laws just to prove he can, beating and raping his wife was no different. Maybe this case and his role in it will be his coup de grace.

    Lance should be in prison, instead Oregon DHS has allowed him to revictimize his victim. The state is as guilty as he is for allowing it.

  21. This is truly appalling! I thought DA Underhill was supposed to be a champion for victims of domestic violence. Why would he allow his underlings to empower a perpetrator of domestic violence and give him a role in which to perpetuate his abuse? You can do better, Mr. Underhill. With a lifetime restraining order in place, this should be a no-brainer for you. Please do right by this family and put an end to this travesty.

  22. WOW this is so unfair to take her children from her mother ,this is not fair .i don’t understand how this man can get away with being out in the streets he should be in jail.

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