Duncan… The Magazine Winter 2018 - Page 28

Where do foster care children fit into Christmas? By Sara Orenalla-Paape Foster care is a hot topic in the state. In July of 2012 the state reached an agreement after a lawsuit following the death of multiple children in two shelters, the Pinnacle Plan. The goal of the plan was to create a safe place for children to live while their parents worked through issues and learned to be safe parents. The plan stated a home like environment, with two parents, was the ideal setting for the healing process to start. And in the second half of 2012, the state began to work the program. It is six years later, shelters are utilized less, foster care families more. According to the Oklahoma Fosters Initiative, over 9,600 children are estimated to be in 28 DUNCAN MAGAZINE | WINTER 2018