We can't say enough about the people who've stepped up to provide foster care to our state's most vulnerable children. We also recognize the herculean effort this requires from DHS workers, who are ultimately responsible for certifying and finding appropriate homes and the ongoing monitoring required of each foster care placement. The load is especially heavy given the rate at which the agency is adding new foster homes.
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.