Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement after signing Senate Bill 123, establishing a Foster Youth Bill of Rights that guarantees basic rights for the 13,000 foster children in state care:
"Foster youth deserve to know their rights and should be empowered to assert those rights. While we need to reduce the need for foster care, we also have a responsibility to do everything possible to make foster care safe and supportive. The Foster Youth Bill of Rights ensures Oregon's foster youth have access to tools and support they deserve while helping them reach their full potential. I commend the Oregon Foster Youth Connection members who helped advocate for this important legislation."