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Monitors Report Inadequate Foster Care Reform Efforts by Oklahoma DHS

Monitors Report Inadequate Foster Care Reform Efforts by Oklahoma DHS

Public Radio Tulsa, August 31, 2018

“After noting “discernible progress” in January toward improvements laid out in the Pinnacle Plan, the monitors, known as co-neutrals, noted nine areas where DHS is not making good faith efforts, up from three in their last semi-annual review. ‘I think the people who, obviously, pay taxes ought to be very concerned what their tax money is going for, but it is not going to protect children who are the most vulnerable — those children in foster care,’ said A Better Childhood Executive Director Marcia Robinson Lowry, who was co-lead counsel in the lawsuit that led to the Pinnacle Plan.”

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JUDGE ORDERS DHS TO RELOCATE REMAINING CHILDREN AT LAURA DESTER CENTER BY JUNE 30 (06.06.18)

Judge orders DHS to relocate remaining children at Laura Dester Center by June 30

Tulsa World, June 6, 2018

“When the state refuses to act and jeopardizes the well-being of children, the monitoring group has the right to turn their order into a federal court order that the children’s lawyers can enforce,” said Lowry, who also was co-lead plaintiffs’ attorney in the lawsuit against DHS. “That is what has happened here.”

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‘ABUSE AND NEGLECT’ CITED AS OVERSIGHT PANEL ASKS JUDGE TO ORDER LAURA DESTER CHILDREN’S SHELTER CLOSED BY JUNE 30 (05.24.18)

‘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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