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]
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