Bill would give alternative to foster care

Statesman Journal

Passing House Bill 4023Jim Seymour believes that children should be raised by a community, not government. But currently, the latter is the case for a small group of children in the foster care system.

Seymour, executive director of Catholic Community Services, estimates about 3 to 5 percent of Oregon’s foster youths are raised by the state.

They enter it as babies and bounce from 10 to 30 homes before aging out of the system, he said.

But unlike children who grow up with a loving family, these foster youths don’t have any place or any one to turn to if they flunk out of college, run into financial problems or make other mistakes that adolescents sometimes do.

Seymour hopes that will change with the help of House Bill 4023, which has Chief Justice Paul De Muniz’s support.

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