What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children?
Studies show that the more stable a child’s home life is, the more chance that child has for success. Stability would include both parents in the home, no worries about food security, and parents involved in the child’s life. While the State cannot ensure these are available to every child, we can take steps to ensure a strong economy so that parents have opportunities to meet needs for their children. For children that come from households that are broken, we really need to step in have support for foster families and more support for the Department of Human Services system that can provide care and services to those children who need it the most.
What have you done to support children prior to this election?
I work with programs through my church to provide meals for families and adults that would not otherwise be able to have meals once per month, another program that is essentially the only ‘Toys for Tots’ for our community which gives Christmas gifts to families referred by DHS, I have been a chaperone and team leader at youth camps for our own youth group and I help with our van ministry which brings underserved children to church services every Sunday and provides them with a hot lunch. In addition to these church activities, our local Bar Association gives gifts to foster kids every Christmas and I have volunteered at food banks and with other groups to help to serve where and when I can.
What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected?
I will help to enact statutes that will provide incentive for strong, working families. I will help support the mission and work of DHS as they look to expand foster families and care for those children in our state most in need of care and help. I will work with district attorneys and advisors for meaningful criminal justice reforms that will focus on true rehabilitation and improvement of persons seeking such help rather than extended sentences.