Oregon lawmakers did not find a way in the 2017 short session to expand a pilot program to improve legal representation for foster kids statewide. But they did approve a modest expansion, and the pilot will be running in five of Oregon's 36 counties.

Oregon lawmakers did not find a way in the 2017 short session to expand a pilot program to improve legal representation for foster kids statewide. But they did approve a modest expansion, and the pilot will be running in five of Oregon's 36 counties.

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'Think Out Loud' On Oregon's Child Welfare System

You can read all of the articles and listen to the conversations in this series here:Part 1: How a Landmark Audit Could Change Oregon's Child Welfare DepartmentPart 2: Oregon Child Welfare Workers Say They Can't Keep Up, Do Prevention WorkPart 3: Former Child Welfare Director: DHS Must Reprioritize PreventionPart 4: Past And Present Foster ParentsPart 5: Stories From Inside Oregon's Troubled Foster Care SystemPart 6: Improving Legal Representation And Outcomes For Foster KidsPart 7: Contrasting Political Takes On Reforming The System

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