Hi everyone, I want to update you on a story we've followed here at KGW, and one that's close to my heart... Where's Molly?
On KGW, and on my blog, we've told you about Jeff Daly's search for his long-lost sister who was sent to Fairview Training Center in Salem more than 50-years ago.
After his parents died, Jeff yearned to find his sister. We chronicled his journey in finding Molly, and how he helped pass an Oregon law that cuts through the privacy law bureacracy, making it easier for others to find siblings institutionalized in Oregon, and then moved to group homes.
There is also now a national link to help families find loved ones who were institutionalized decades ago.
Here's the link:
For decades, parents of children with disabilities were advised by professionals to institutionalize their children.
But times have changed, and thanks in large part to Jeff, Cindy,and Molly Daly, many states are following Oregon in cutting through red tape to make it easier for families to reunite.
The national organization ARC now has the "Family Find" link above.
Recently, I accepted an award on behalf of KGW from the ARC of Multnomah and Clackamas Counties for public service.
(ARC Executive Director Robert Shook presents Laural Porter and KGW its Community Service Award)
It was humbling to accept this award,because I feel it was my deep and sincere privilege to have been a part of this story, and the Dalys' incredible efforts.
Thank you to ARC, the Dalys,and to you for caring about people amongst us who have challenges,but make our lives so much richer.