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Oregon lawmakers want to put more money into helping unaccompanied homeless youth before they enter adulthood without a home or future.
They live in the shadows, failed by their families, public schools and the foster care system.
On any given day, there are about 8,500 children ages 0-18 in foster care in Oregon. About 2,300 of them are in Portland's tri-county area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).
Portland-based coordinated care organization Health Share of Oregon is targeting what Bobby Martin calls an “extremely vulnerable, distinctly disadvantaged population” – foster children.
May 3, 2013 – Patrick Kindred went into foster care at the age of four and, at 21, has just “aged out” – meaning he's no longer able to receive care in foster homes.
While in foster care, Kindred told an audience of about 100 this week at a fundraiser for Children First of Oregon, he was subjected to severe physical and mental abuse.