Oregon foster kids removed from jail that limited tampon access

Lawyers and state lawmakers raised concerns that girls didn't have access to free tampons.

Posted: Mar 29, 2019 6:58 AM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 7:18 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon child welfare officials are removing foster children from a Klamath Falls residential program located in a county juvenile jail, after lawyers and state lawmakers raised concerns that girls didn't have access to free tampons.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports girls recently were given access to three free tampons at a time, but only if they turned over their used hygiene products to staff.

A Department of Human Services spokesman said four girls in foster care were assigned to the program as of this week and the state will move them to other locations by April 1.

Lawyers who represent the children first sounded the alarm about the hygiene products earlier this month, after one teenager complained that staff would only provide tampons if she earned points for good behavior.

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