Meantime, The Oklahoman's Randy Ellis reported that shelter overcrowding for older children remains a critical issue. The number of children staying overnight at Oklahoma City and Tulsa shelters actually increased in November compared with a year earlier. Combined, shelters in the cities housed an average of 123 children in November.
No one can pretend any of the solutions to strengthen the state's child welfare safety net are easy or cheap. But we hope all Oklahomans can agree that the only choice on behalf of children is to keep pushing forward, and every improvement is worth acknowledging if not celebrating.