Foster parents are always needed. But the need is perhaps greatest for minors who have not only been separated from their biological families, but have also committed crimes that have landed them in the care of the Oregon Youth Authority.
Every year, people who work in the child welfare field come together in Portland to talk about how to better care for kids. This year, Oklahoma pediatrician and foster care advocate Deb Shropshire is one of the keynote speakers. We’ll get her perspective on fostering Oregon Youth Authority kids. And we’ll talk to a long-time foster mom, Maria Mihm and her foster son Michael, who came into her home a few years ago straight from detention at the Oregon Youth Authority.
Do you have experience with fostering kids in the Oregon Youth Authority?