Oklahoma Program Builds a Place for Siblings in Foster Care
In Oklahoma, if a sibling group of three kids is taken into foster care, there is about a one-in-three chance they will be split up. A few years ago, one of the state’s child welfare providers decided to do something about it.
Legendary Child Rights Litigator Staffs Up to Storm the Big City
Marcia Lowry, the crusading child welfare attorney, works out of an office on Hardscrabble Road. She didn’t name this leafy suburban New York lane, but it suits her reputation: The slew of big-ticket settlements she’s secured against large foster care systems made her one of the nation’s most respected, winning and – in some quarters – loathed attorneys for vulnerable youth.
Faith-Based Laws and Foster Care: Destined for Supreme Court?
Two more states have joined the ranks of those that have acted legislatively to guarantee the right of faith-based child welfare contractors to discriminate against parents – and in some cases children – whose lifestyles do not comport with the religious views of the organization.
Oklahoma Governor Signs Faith-Based Foster Care Bill, Kansas is Likely Next
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed into law a bill that permits the state’s faith-based child welfare partners to discriminate against same-sex couples, single or unmarried people, and possibly even LGBTQ youth.
Oklahoma Senate Passes Faith-Based Protection Bill
The Oklahoma State Senate has passed a bill to enable faith-based child welfare providers to discriminate against LGBTQ couples, and perhaps even children in the system. Senate Bill 1140 is authored by State Sen.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Surveys Differential Response
This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a brief about the efficacy of differential response (DR) and child safety in six states that have implemented this child protection strategy for over ten years.
From Group Home to Foster Care Community, Oklahoma Agency Adapts to Trends
In 1952, the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch (OLBR) opened as a family-style group home to serve young men in trouble. The ranch evolved to serve boys who could not be maintained in a foster home because of their behavior.
High Court Limits Scope of Indian Child Welfare Act
Amidst a slate of higher-profile decisions, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision today that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) only applies in situations where a child is being removed from a Native American household, and does not protect the rights of a biological parent with no active role in a child’s life.