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The plight of foster parents in Malheur County

Daniel, 11, is in a foster home in Vale, attending school, doing his homework and sharing with his foster parents news of the day and whether there were any "hard times." (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ONTARIO – The abused 5-year-old was suddenly homeless.

His guardian, unwilling to host him any longer, dropped him off with state workers in Ontario.

They moved quickly that Thanksgiving eve two years ago to find someone to care for him. They found Tamara Uriarte.

Uriarte, retired, knew of the youngster through church and . . .