A ‘Critical Shortage’ for a Growing Void: Number of Foster Homes Diminishing in Lewis County, State

Aug. 23–Ashley MacDonald was spiraling in Kelso when Child Protective Services took her 5-year-old son Tyler away in the summer of 2011.

At 23 years old, she was barely 105 pounds because her drug addiction suppressed her appetite and she kept finding herself in relationships with violent, abusive men. She loved her son dearly; she couldn’t see through the fog to realize that she was failing him.

“Initially I felt like the victim. I couldn’t believe this was happening,” she said. “But then I realized I wasn’t the victimTyler was.”

MacDonald said she believes a lot of parents who have their children taken from them feel they’re being victimized, but now she thinks, “There’s a very good cause to why they’re taken away.”

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