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Oregon foster teen sent to Utah facility speaks to lawmakers

A bill sponsored by Sen. Sara Gelser, a Democrat from Corvallis, would increase supervision of the out-of-state facilities if the state continues to use them.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 7:32 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- An Oregon teenager who was sent to an out-of-state facility while he was in the custody of Oregon's child welfare system told state lawmakers that he saw staff physically restrain children for minor infractions.

Caleb La Chance was part of a growing number of foster children Oregon sent to residential treatment facilities out-of-state.

The number spiked between 2016 and 2018 by 168%. Many, including La Chance, were sent to Red Rock Canyon School in St. George, Utah.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Sara Gelser, a Democrat from Corvallis, would increase supervision of the out-of-state facilities if the state continues to use them.

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