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My heart breaks for the children who are being kept from their extended families by being in "care" and raised by paid care providers. My grandsons have a cousin who misses them terribly - who they will never see again in life, as well as an uncle and other family members. The Agency does NOT work to reunite family... quite the contrary. My grandsons have been moved 3 times that I know of - always in the middle of the school year - They will never make long term friends, and this will severly impact their self esteen and confidence - which will affect them for life.
Thank you NPR and OPB for airing this show. I would also add - not one elected official will help -- it seems no one has oversight of this agency. Everyone claims they cannot help or do anything - that they have no power. This agency runs on its own written, self-administered policies... and for its own job security - as mentioned in Rigny's story.
My heart breaks for my grandsons and all the other children in the state "care." The children found in chicken wire cages in Gresham Foster home, the ones found dead in communities across this state.
That Oregon takes and places children at a rate 70% above the national average - speaks only to how well the government employees have mastered the methods to bring in federal funding ... on the backs of each taken and placed child.
The mattress companies who have "donate a coat to the poor foster children" drives -- allow middle class people to ease their conscience by tossing in a coat or two - to the barrell .... but No one will actually HELP these children.
America's shame. The social service industry replaced the prison industry - for making money off of the unfortunate poor.
"at risk" is scary sounding code - for "being poor." But it works. Say "at risk" and immediately any judge will follow your recommendation. There is no hope. Poor children caught in the Oregon system are doomed to live a life with strangers -- IF they survive... at all.
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