Malheur community shows its heart for foster kids

The childhood account kept rattling around in my head.

An Ontario woman recounted how, as a young girl, she was removed from her parents by the state and put into foster care.

She described being told to go to her bedroom to gather her things. Then, she was told she could take very little.

She arrived at the homes of strangers without even a toothbrush.

Sadly, that happens too often in Malheur County. We have far too many parents neglecting or abusing their children, compelling the state to step in. And because state child protection workers have to act fast, there usually isn’t time for packing.

I heard of these accounts as I reported on the foster care system locally. At every turn, the system is strained. Too many kids. Too few caseworkers. Not enough foster . . .