Gov. Kate Brown on Friday spoke on the phone with Mia Storm, the subject of a Statesman Journal/Oregon Public Broadcasting story on the shortcomings of Oregon’s foster care system.
Brown called Storm in response to the story, thanked her for speaking out and asked for her suggestions about how to improve foster care, Communications Director Kristen Grainger said in an email.
Storm said she told the governor that for foster care to improve, the Oregon Department of Human Services needs to follow laws that protect children — laws that a recent audit showed haven’t been properly enforced. Another necessity, Storm said, is less tangible: Good leadership among DHS officials.
Storm was in foster care for 14 years during the ‘80s and ‘90s. She was bounced between nearly 20 foster homes, according to her case file records. She said she suffered physical and sexual abuse while in state custody and was prescribed antipsychotic medications by foster care doctors for conditions she didn’t have.
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