It’s expensive to become a licensed driver in Washington State. There are permitting fees, driver's ed classes, testing and insurance costs. For foster children or their caregivers it’s often a significant hurdle.
A bill that makes sweeping changes to Oregon's oversight of foster care providers takes effect next month. The reforms were proposed after numerous media reports of abuse and neglect at several foster care providers.
Each year in Washington, some 400 foster youth run away. Some run multiple times. The state of Washington is now under court order to address this problem. This is the story of one teen who ran multiple times from multiple homes.