SALEM, Ore. — Current and former foster children and their advocates headed to Salem Monday to celebrate the signing of the Foster Care Bill of Rights.
Senate Bill 123A explains the basic rights of Oregon’s foster kids to things like food, clothes and safety. It also requires that the case workers go over those rights with people entering or already in the foster care system.
Those in the foster care system say it can be complicated and confusing and this bill is a step in the right direction.
“It’ll give them another tool to advocate for themselves. Often times foster care kids don’t feel other people know how to advocate for them; but they don’t really have the tools to advocate for themselves, and I think this gives them one of those kinds of tools to advocate for themselves,” said youth leader Patrick Kindred.
There are currently more than 10,000 kids in foster care in Oregon and 1,200 of those are in Lane County.