Facts about foster and adoptive care:

Facts about foster and adoptive care:

400 children in Jackson County are now under foster care. Before 2003, 200 children were in foster care in this county. Methamphetamine use is a factor in 54 percent of placements in foster care. In Oregon, 7,497 children were placed in foster care in 2005. Of these, 1,033 were adopted out. 87 percent of children adopted had special needs, including emotional and mental disabilities or other medically diagnosed conditions, including drugs. All children adopted have a history of abuse or neglect. In one-third of the cases of children who are adopted out, mediation is required to determine visitation or whether cards or letters can be sent between, say, birth parents and adoptive parents. One caseworker is assigned to 20 to 22 families, a level set in the 1970s. The Oregon Department of Health and Human Services is hoping for extra money to change the ratio to one caseworker for every 15 families, which would be more in line with other states.

— Source: DHS.