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Lawsuit alleges neglect, abuse of child in Oregon foster system

The lawsuit alleges the child saw child welfare workers having sex on the bed next to him while he was there.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — A lawsuit filed against Oregon’s foster system alleges a 15-year-old foster child saw two state workers having sex and suffered neglect and abuse at an out-of-state facility.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that the child was raised in a Bulgarian orphanage until he was 12 and his Oregon adoption fell through.

He is now a ward of the state.

The lawsuit says the boy speaks limited English but has been denied Bulgarian interpreters.

It alleges he was living in a hotel in Dallas, Oregon even though there were foster parents available and saw child welfare workers having sex on the bed next to him while he was there.

Oregon placed 88 foster youth in out-of-state facilities.

Thirty-two of those children have been brought back amid reports of abuse and neglect.

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