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Former foster child tells of years of abuse, neglect and how she survived

Breanne endured neglect for years before finally moving to a home where she learned what normal parents are like. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

The state worker’s directive on a school night shocked the young girl: “Go pack your things.”

Breanne went to her room, where she clung to her bunk bed.

She didn’t want to go.

The state worker insisted.

“Say goodbye to your mom,” the worker said.

And with that Breanne continued her odyssey in Oregon’s child welfare system that put her in a string of foster and adoptive homes, exposed her to abuse and neglect, and challenged everything a child comes to expect of home and adults.

Today at age 20, Breanne is a survivor. She and her two sisters ended up with an Albany family . . .