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Member Spotlight: A Q&A With Judge Doris Fransein – District Judge, Juvenile Division

The Child Protection Coalition is grateful to have the Honorable Doris Fransein, District Judge of the Juvenile Division as a Charter Member. Earlier this month, our staff had the opportunity to ask a few questions about the work she and the Juvenile Court do on behalf of children in our community. Judge Fransein has been the chief judge of the juvenile division since 2005. She was re-elected in 2014 after running unopposed. Her current term expires on January 13, 2019. She received a B.A. from Drury College and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa. Judge Fransein is also an adjunct professor of juvenile law at the University of Tulsa College of Law

CPC: What are the challenges you face within the child welfare system in Tulsa County?

Judge Fransein: Court resources.  Case loads are heavy with inadequate time to fully address the issues that face the child and his or her family system.  Hopefully, we will have more space within the near future and court resources once the state’s budget crisis is behind us.

CPC: What do you feel are the positive impacts you make on kids’ lives in our community?

Judge Fransein: Ensuring that the children’s needs are being met and that they are safe – mentally, physically and emotionally.

CPC: What is one thing you would like the public to know about your job?

Judge Fransein: Our court teams are dedicated and work harder than any other division of the courts.

CPC: Why are you a part of the Child Protection Coalition in Tulsa County?

Judge Fransein: The Court is a very necessary part of the Child Welfare System and ensures that the legal rights of all parties are being met.  This adds a necessary balance to the Coalition.

THANK YOU to Judge Fransein and her staff for all they do for children in Tulsa County!


District Judge Doris Fransein, chief judge of the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, speaks during a deprived-child custody hearing in her courtroom.

District Judge Doris Fransein, chief judge of the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, speaks during a deprived-child custody hearing in her courtroom.

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Tulsa advocates, DHS working on dwindling Laura Dester Shelter numbers

The inevitable is coming: The Laura Dester Shelter will close, but it’s a painful winding-down.

Since the announcement a year ago from DHS with specific dates to end shelter use, Tulsa leaders have been meeting with DHS officials to resolve lingering concerns about what happens to children in emergency removals.

“There have been many substantive and productive meetings to date and we certainly have hit the reset button as far as discussions are concerned. … There are still challenges to overcome, but we can definitely see a path now for improvement in situations where children removed are emergently from dangerous situations.” said Kristine Bridges, Executive Director of the Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition.

Read the entire Tulsa World story by clicking HERE, published March 14, 2016.