This series was published over four weeks in early 2018 in the Malheur Enterprise, the result of several months of interviews and a review of state, county and court records.

PART 1:

Malheur County system in crisis

EXTRA: Volunteers focus on speaking for kids

PART 2:

Foster parents face state neglect

Citizens with power oversee government's care of foster children

PART 3:

Snake River proves barrier to relatives for foster kids

PART 4:

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

Extra: She's 10, she's adopted, and she wants to help other foster kids

Extra: Abused by her father, she found new life with foster mother

Extra: How YOU can help foster kids and the system

The faces of our series:

Wendy Hill, director of the Ontario district office of the state Department of Human Services. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Daniel, at home with his foster mom in Vale. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Janeille Bennett, a Vale foster mother, reads to chip. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Sylvia Medina, a Vale-area foster mom. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Christine Phillips, Ontario district manager of the state child welfare, talks with Sally Vergara-Clement, a foster home certifier. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Gary Kiyuna, a Nyssa attorney who often represents children put into foster care. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Malheur County Circuit Court Judge Lung Hung. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Anna, a 10-year-old Ontario girl who was once in foster care. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Breanne, 20, who once was in foster care and now is headed to college. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Monica Grenz, an Ontario foster mom. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Senior Judge Patricia Sullivan of the Malheur County Circuit Court. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

Les Zaitz: les@malheurenterprise.com, 541-473-3377

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