By Ben Botkin, The Lund Report, August 31, 2020
A forum for current and former youth in foster care has called for sweeping changes to help children who have suffered trauma, are entering adulthood or belong to communities of color.
The recommendations are the product of the Oregon Foster Youth Connection Policy Conference, a biennial forum for lawmakers, state agency officials, advocates and others interested in the state safety net. The conference, sponsored by the advocacy group Our Children Oregon, has played a leading role in spearheading changes to the state’s beleaguered foster care system through the Legislature.
A group of 26 youth came up with the recommendations based on their own experience with the system.