“The Laura Dester Children’s Shelter was never intended to serve as long-term placement for deprived children,” said Kristine Bridges, executive director of the Child Protection Coalition. “However, the children currently living at Laura Dester represent the populations of deprived children for which our child welfare system has a shortage of placements: developmentally delayed services, therapeutic foster care and transition to adulthood care for older children.”
The coalition committee has been meeting with shelter staff and a monitor for the Pinnacle Plan to ensure quality placements for children.
It is also a participant in the Oklahoma Fosters statewide campaign. It has set a goal to recruit more than 1,000 foster families by the end of June by rallying state, tribal and local governments with businesses, nonprofits and the faith communities.