Oregon Foster Child Mauled by Dog

A 10-year-old foster child who already had a debilitating fear of dogs was placed in the foster home of a woman who rescued dogs, specifically Doberman Pinschers. The Oregon Department of Human Services contracted with Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, who had certified Lillian Yun as a foster care provider. Despite the boy’s fear of dogs, he was placed in her home in February 2014.

The boy was bitten at least once by one of the dogs in Yun’s home. Then last summer he was mauled so severely that he had to be taken to the hospital. He has permanent scars on his face and now has an attorney representing him in a lawsuit against the Oregon DHS, Catholic Community Services, as well as his foster mother, Lillian Yun. According to the suit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, he will need $50,000 for cosmetic surgery and for counseling. The suit is seeking $850,000 for pain and suffering.

The boy’s file included information regarding his fear of dogs, and so clearly DHS and Catholic Community Services should not have placed him in Yun’s home. This is according to the law suit.