WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s recent Executive Order strengthening child welfare and promoting permanency in the foster care and adoption system.
“As adoptive parents of three, Christie and I are committed to ensuring every child has a forever family,” Mullin said. “Too often, the foster system fails children and they have a difficult transition into adulthood. We must do more to give them the support they need, and this Executive Order will help do that. I am grateful to President Trump for taking this action to improve outcomes and help children and families thrive.”
The Executive Order will:
- Increase partnerships between public, private, faith-based, and community organizations to help keep families together and, when that is not possible, to find children forever families.
- Improve the resources available to both caregivers and children, including by increasing the accessibility of trauma-informed training.
- Drive transparency on key statutory child welfare requirements and guide states on how best to support high-quality legal representation for parents and children.
The full Executive Order can be found here.
There are currently 7,789 children in custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, with 498 waiting on forever families. There is also a need for 898 foster families in Oklahoma this year.