On Thursday, February 26th, 111Tulsa had the opportunity to attend the Child Welfare Services partner meeting in OKC. Overall we are really excited about the energy and involvement of community organizations in this meeting. The meeting was designed to begin gathering ideas but then also creating action plans on which to continue to encourage positive changes on the state of foster care in our state.
We were all asked to be prepared to talk about the following chart below. We were excited about the progress that the 111Tulsa community and other partners were making towards really filling in some of the below gaps.
We have attached the following to begin the conversation with some of you and involve you in the process. Secondly, we have attached a pdf of the powerpoint presented at this meeting that includes some of the current statistics on the current state of foster care. Obviously, this information shows the long road that we still have ahead of us but it does show that we are making some progress. We would encourage everyone to keep the discussion positive, looking for solutions for the future not complaints about the past.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead” – Philippians 3:13
Child Welfare Partners “Homework” for February 26
|Topic Area||What is your organization currently doing related to this topic?||What could your organization possibly do to address this topic?||As a community, what else should we be doing to address this topic?|
|Preventing removals when it’s safe to do so
|Recruiting AND supporting foster parents
|Reducing reliance on shelter care
|Safely achieving reunification or other permanency options sooner for children|