Fixing Foster Care In Oregon
Foster care for children always begins with a crisis.
Child welfare agencies do not have the luxury of planning in advance to remove children from biological parents and place them with foster parents.
But several voices in Oregon say the state can do a better job making sure children in the system are properly cared for. The voices include state Rep. Duane Stark of Grants Pass, himself a foster parent.
Stark helped pass some bills relating to foster care in the recently completed legislative session. He joins us to talk about the new laws and what they're designed to accomplish.