Child Welfare in the 21st Century

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“Old Woman in the Shoe” just won’t leave Oklahoma!!!

Posted by lboyd544 on February 13, 2014

Yes, that “Old Woman”, who had so many children!  and didn’t know what to do!

Sadly and with alarm, Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division shared last week that 11.8% of the children in Oklahoma under age 18 are in state custody! Not juvenile justice…although that would be tragic also. But in child welfare for abuse or neglect!  (mostly neglect!)

Alarming, I’d say so!

Tragic, yep! Especially when some in the State Legislature are talking tax cuts (benefitting the ‘fittest’) vs. investment in vulnerable families whose children are without adequate food, shelter, health care, and solid educational opportunities.

Hopeless, no! Not if we, the citizens of Oklahoma demand that our elected officials follow a different set of fiscal priorities….maybe not if we share our time, our smiles, our extra ‘whatever’ with struggling families in our neighborhoods, schools, and churches….and not if we open our homes as foster placements and bridge-supporters to children and families who are in state custody. 

These children and families need us! to help…not to judge.

State child welfare needs us. Try as they might, infants as well as other youth still end up in shelter care!

And if you are a Christian, as I am, our ‘orders’ are extremely clear about what our actions on this should be.

Too much wailing? Tired of this plea? I am with you! So… please, HELP!

 

 

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