IN BRIEF: Oregon gives up on taking foster child from Kentucky home

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Oregon gives up on
taking foster child from Kentucky home

The state of Oregon has given up on taking a foster child from her Kentucky home.

After months of fighting the state of Oregon over custody, the Kentucky family that wants to adopt a 4-year-old girl from Klamath Falls claimed victory on Friday.

Oregon child welfare officials sent Laila Sloan to live temporarily with her aunt and uncle in Kentucky two years ago, with the understanding they would likely adopt her.

But last year, that state decided it would be better for an unrelated Klamath Falls couple to adopt Laila. The goal was to reunite Laila with a younger brother she’d never met who already lived with the Oregon foster family.

Laila’s Kentucky foster parents, James and Angela Sloan, hired lawyers in both states to fight Oregon’s decision. And over the summer, a Kentucky judge granted the couple custody and the right to adopt Laila, according to a lawyer appointed to represent Laila’s interests in the Oregon foster child system.

Most court records regarding adoption are sealed.

Oregon officials were not ready to give up, however, and The Oregonian/OregonLive reported earlier this month that they hired lawyers in Kentucky to fight the judge’s decision.

But now, all has been settled. The child can stay in Kentucky.

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