Local News in Brief : Funds for Care of Ecclesia Youths OKd

An Oregon legislative subcommittee has agreed to appropriate $500,000 to pay the state’s cost of caring for the 53 children removed from the Watts-based Ecclesia Athletic Assn. camp in October.

The subcommittee of the Legislative Emergency Board made the recommendation after being told by the state Department of Justice that there was little chance of getting the money from the children’s families.

The 53 children have been in state custody since Oct. 14 after the death of Dayna Broussard, 8, the daughter of Ecclesia founder Eldridge Broussard Jr. The children have been kept at the Hillcrest School for Girls, the MacLaren School for Boys and with foster families.