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State officials need to step up efforts to provide relief for Malheur County foster kids

The foster care system has plenty of challenges in providing for children. In Malheur County, we’re short of just about everything – foster parents, caseworkers, even overnight bags so kids have underwear when they show up at a foster home. One pending change could quickly reduce some misery, and it’s time for government to adopt it.

The state too often has seen the need to remove children from their parents in Malheur County. State workers step in to disrupt abuse and neglect, focusing on the safety of the children. But once children are removed . . .