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Officials say shelter’s closing resulting in children waiting in offices, police cars, for hours

The closure of the Laura Dester Shelter has caused some foster children to be removed from their homes to wait for hours in office buildings and cars at odd times while placements can be found, say Tulsa police and prosecutors.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services agreed to shutter the state’s two emergency shelters for abused and neglected children as part of the Pinnacle Plan, which is the improvement plan from a negotiated settlement agreement to a federal lawsuit approved in 2011. It began implementation the following year in many areas such as caseloads, worker pay, shelter use and number of child transitions.

Oklahoma City’s shelter officially closed in November.

Read the entire Tulsa World article by clicking HERE, published on January 12, 2016.