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Kinship Fostering comes Full Circle

Little did Edward and Shelley Keefner know in 2013, both in their mid-50’s , that the unexpected kinship foster of their then 2-1/2 year old granddaughter would lead to their decision to open their home for respite care and the eventual fostering of 10 children. Most recently they adopted five of these children into their home. Their selfless […]

A part of our recent journey to safety was a sneak preview of DVIS new shelter and transitional living facilities.

A part of our recent journey to safety was a sneak preview of DVIS new shelter and transitional living facilities. Domestic Violence Intervention Services celebrated the opening of its new emergency shelter and transitional apartment complex Tuesday. The new facilities, including 80 beds in the shelter and 20 apartments, are part of a $25 million […]

Tulsans take a journey to safety for abused kids

The brown paper sacks had all types of colorful homes drawn on them. Many were large, Disney-type houses with lawns and happy people. Some were shaped like hearts. Rainbows were pretty common and sunshine was universal. Mine was made by 8-year-old Sarah and featured a two-story home with a red roof, long sidewalk and well-lit […]

Tulsa’s Domestic Violence Summit, Feb. 27, 2015

Thanks to the Tulsa Mayor’s office in partnership with the Tulsa Police Department, DVIS, and the Family Safety Center, approximately 130 people came together to draw attention to domestic violence and discuss ways to end it in our community. Do you know . . .? Oklahoma is 3rd in the nation for the number of […]

Indian Children, A Road Less Traveled

Attorney Angel Smith recently told her amazing personal story, interwoven with the primary points of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) at a workshop for DHS child care workers. Born a 6th generation Cherokee baby, Smith survived a traumatic journey through the foster care system and is now an attorney advocating for Indian children. […]

Good News for Foster Families

Foster parents in Oklahoma have a newly named ombudsman to help them resolve complaints or grievances with OKDHS. Lisa Buck, Oklahoma City, with numerous years of experience in professional advocacy and as a foster parent, is heading a new position in DHS’ Office of Client Advocacy, which promotes client safety and professional delivery of services. […]

Coalition Honors Two Heroes for Kids in Custody

Congratulations to two of Tulsa’s heroes who are sharing their time and expertise to make life better for abused and neglected kids. The Child Protection Coalition is honored to recognize these compassionate and smart women, attorney April Merrill and Johna Smasal, Ph.D. Coalition Director Lynn Sossamon presented the awards at a recent Coalition gathering. April […]

Why this matters

A new partnership is out of the starting gate in Tulsa Public Schools! Called “Fostering Community Recruitment,” the idea is to keep abused and neglected foster kids in the same school, recruit more school-related families to foster kids entering custody, and engage volunteers to support kids and families. A 23-year-old former foster youth for most […]

A+ News is On the Way!

Stay tuned for good news about a new collaboration bringing together Tulsa Public Schools personnel and foster home recruiters, along with the Department of Human Services! There are about 1,500 kids in DHS care in Tulsa County and, of those who are school-age, more than 300 attend Tulsa Public Schools. It is a challenge for […]