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Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan

June 28, 2016 - 1:26pm CDT

The Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan came about as a result of the settlement of a class action lawsuit in 2012. Funding for the plan over the past four years includes $108.8 million in earmarked appropriations and an additional $49.5 million DHS has redirected internally to Child Welfare Services. Achievemen... READ MORE

Improvements in Child Welfare System Encouraging

June 28, 2016 - 1:14pm CDT

By Ed Lake Oklahoma has made a substantial and wise investment over the past four years in improving its child welfare services. I have the privilege of leading the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the opportunity to see and hear stories every day that demonstrate why we do this work with s... READ MORE

Oklahoma Faith Community Steps Up for Children and Families

June 28, 2016 - 11:44am CDT

By Timothy Tardibono Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “pinnacle” as the point of greatest success or achievement. Pinnacle is the word used to describe the aspirations of Oklahoma’s child welfare system as published in the “Pinnacle Plan” by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). ... READ MORE

Walking the Talk

June 28, 2016 - 11:36am CDT

By Matt Pinnell It started with a tug on our heartstrings. A few years ago, my wife and I began to feel called to foster after being challenged by our pastor, Craig Groeschel, and his wife, Amy. Life.Church consistently reminds its members that we’re called not to be spiritual consumers, but spi... READ MORE

Compassionate, Effective Solutions … For the Children

June 28, 2016 - 10:29am CDT

By Jonathan Small Conservatives, as the readers of this magazine well know, emphasize the principles of individual liberty and personal responsibility over those of collective well-being and communal responsibility. Where there is a problem or a societal ill, we do not reflexively look first to g... READ MORE

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