FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Oregon’s leading advocates and champions for 11,000 of Oregon’s most vulnerable children, Oregon Foster Families First (OFFF) have endorsed David Molina to represent Forest Grove, Cornelius and West Hillsboro in the Oregon Legislature. “It is unconscionable the way Oregon treats our most vulnerable children, who through no fault of their own find themselves in Oregon’s foster care system. The horrific tragedies highlighted in the recent foster care audit compiled by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s audit team speaks volumes. In my time in the Army these agency leaders would have been relieved of command and their post. I look forward to working with Paul Rummell and his team to hold agency leaders accountable and reform the system so these gross incidents never happen again,” said David Molina, candidate for House District 29. “We need to fund foster care so that Oregon’s foster children can grow up and become invested members of our communities.”
According to Paul Rummell, a foster parent, OFFF PAC chair, “We want to change the culture and laws preventing foster children from safely reconnecting with their birth families or reaching full adoption status with a family who will provide a stable environment free of abuse. Our legislative priorities range from changing the systemic dysfunction which has paralyzed the Department of Human Services for decades to simple things like expanding school choice options and allowing foster kids to travel on an out-of-state family vacation.”
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Kids are dying. We need foster care changes now: Guest opinion - Oregon Foster Families First held its first rally on the front lawn of the Oregon State capitol on Monday. As adoptive foster parents, we wanted to call attention to the horrific tragedies highlighted in the recent foster care audit compiled by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s audit team. We also wanted to share optimistic solutions for the 2019 legislative session. Sadly, only six lawmakers cared enough to step outside of the “emergency” special session to learn more about the real crisis impacting Oregon’s foster children.