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Oklahoma DHS Puts Out Call for 1,000 New Foster Homes

The DHS goal is to recruit 1,000 foster families by July 2016. Katelynn Burns, DHS communications manager, said every effort possible is being made to raise people’s awareness about the need for foster homes. Gov. Mary Fallin added the voice of the governor’s office to the urgent call to state residents to step up and […]


Tulsa World: Committee Forms to Help With Closure of Laura Dester Shelter

“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 […]

Child Protection Coalition Announces Support of the OKDHS OK Fosters Initiative

In a press release on November 23, 2015 the Child Protection Coalition announced support of the OKDHS Oklahoma Fosters Initiative. Child Protection Coalition Executive Director, Kristine Bridges states, “While DHS is making strides towards meeting the Pinnacle Plan and developing [foster] placements, there is still much work to be done in our state to provide […]

Latest KIDS COUNT data ranks OK 39th overall in child well-being; Slight worsening in three of four economic factors

Oklahoma shows little to no improvement for major factors in child well-being according to the latest KIDS COUNT report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. OK ranked 39th overall, same as last year, and state data showed a slight worsening in three of four economic factors: children in poverty, children whose parents lack secure employment […]

Coalition mission and new leadership featured

The Tulsa County Child Protection Coalition was featured recently in the Tulsa Business & Legal News.  Executive Director Kristine Bridges discusses the Coalition’s mission and its key partnerships supporting the child protection system.  EDITOR’s NOTE: Children’s Action Network was mistakenly not listed as a founding member in this article. Read the full story