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Mounting controversy over foster kids prompts Oregon governor to step in

Gov. Kate Brown is taking another whack at reforming Oregon’s beleaguered foster care system.

Brown announced Thursday, April 18, that she was creating a special board to oversee child welfare issues and ensure that reforms are enacted.

The move came two days after advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the state over its treatment of the thousands of children in foster care.

In recent weeks, journalists revealed that:

• About 80 foster children were sent out of state to refurbished jails.

• The state failed to report deaths of children in foster care.

• A pair of caseworkers in Polk County had sex near a child while they were charged with watching the child. 

• A 9-year-old Oregon girl was flown to Montana to be housed in a psychiatric residential treatment facility . . .