‘Abuse and neglect’ cited as oversight panel asks judge to order Laura Dester children’s shelter closed by June 30

Tulsa World, May 24, 2018

“The state of Oklahoma has exacerbated this situation by placing only children with the greatest problems at the shelter, and then failing to move them into appropriate placements with staff who are specially trained to care for these children,” Lowery said. “This reflects the state’s continuing failure to plan for the placement of special needs children. The only solution is to prohibit the placement of any more children at Laura Dester, and to close intake immediately.”

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