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When I was a public defender, I was sometimes assigned to represent children in foster care. I think the child attorneys in Portland are good but in the other counties, the attorneys representing children just sign papers and show up for court. The Oregon State Bar has guidelines for representing children and that includes visiting the foster home and checking it out. I did get one child removed from their foster home after I discovered they kept missing school due to lice. The child was placed in a better home after that but it was really embarrassing to the caseworker who obviously was not checking on these details...like school attendance and cleanliness. I just figured they were dealing with abuse cases and not so interested in neglect. The child attorneys really have to be more assertive and be child advocates. That is my opinion. Thanks
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