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Adopting Out

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Foster children in Oregon who cannot be placed with family members in the state sometimes end up with relatives in other states or, in rare cases, other countries. Earlier this year, a series of Oregonian stories focused on the tragic results of one of those cases: Adrianna Romero Cram was placed with her father’s relatives in Mexico in 2004. Her case was still under Oregon’s jurisdiction when those relatives were convicted of murdering her a year later.

Her case led the state to place a temporary moratorium on sending Oregon foster children out of the country. That moratorium was lifted about a month ago, and now 10 children are slated to be sent to Mexico. Some state legislators are now working to pass two laws that would increase Oregon social workers’ contact with people in other countries who can help them track the progress and well-being of children after they are sent abroad.

Have you worked with Oregon foster children? Have your children been adopted by families outside the state? How can Oregon ensure the well-being of children adopted across borders and state lines?


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