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Child Well-being Advocates Decry Funding Reductions for Parents of Foster and Adopted Children Featured

Written by  Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:21
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By Joe Dorman

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman today expressed disappointment that payments for families who foster and adopt children will be reduced by 5 percent (approximately $1/day). The Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced the reduction as part of a plan to slash $29 million in programs that support children and elderly adults.

 

“As a state, we have got to find a better way to fund services that directly support vulnerable children,” said Dorman. “I understand it was a very difficult budget year, but the fact is the Department of Human Services, like many agencies, is not getting the support it needs to do the best job it can. The people who suffer from chronic underfunding and yearly cuts in services are children, low income adults and the elderly. It isn’t right. I urge our policymakers to find long term solutions to fix our budget and find a way to adequately fund core government services.”

 

 

About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens seeking to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

 

Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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