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Oregon Struggles To Maintain Foster Care System In Pandemic

Oregon's foster care system for children already had a number of challenges in carrying out its mission. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and physical distancing guidelines stopped caseworkers from making their monthly visits to children in care.

The guidelines also put a temporary halt on parents seeing their own children who are in foster care. Electronic visits have replaced physical ones.

We get an overview of how the Department of Human Services is handling the changes in a visit with a member of the department.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.