Nonprofit group seeks to reduce number of children in foster care

Keeping children at home and out of foster homes is the mission of the Oklahoma Family Legal Advocates Inc., and the newly-formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit group and its initial efforts are on target.

News Story (Oklahoma)

Ralph Schaefer
Tulsa World
November 29, 2017

Tags: Foster Youth

Organizations mentioned/involved: Oklahoma Family Legal Advocates


The organization’s mission is to “reduce the number of children in foster care by providing free or low-cost legal and social support for families involved in or at risk of being involved in the Oklahoma child welfare system.”

Organizers realized there was a real gap for alternatives for kids in Department of Human Services custody or at risk of going into that custody, she said. That comes from Sears’ work with Tulsa Lawyers for Children, which she organized, and from being the Court Appointed Special Advocates director.

“We felt that if certain ancillary legal issues were handled before children went into DHS custody that situation could be avoided,” Sears said.