Oklahoma’s KIDS COUNT Podcast

 

1 in 10 children in Oklahoma have experienced parental incarceration. Oklahoma incarcerates women at a higher rate per capita than anywhere else in the world. What can be done about these staggering statistics?

Today we’re talking with someone devoted to tackling this epidemic, Kris Steele. He is Oklahoma’s former Speaker of the House and current Executive Director of TEEM, a nonprofit dedicated to giving those trying to re-enter society a hand up. We think you’ll enjoy this insightful and informative interview.

Learn More:

Read Annie E. Casey’s report on children of incarcerated parents here –  A Shared Sentence

Visit the TEEM website and learn more about the work Kris Steele and his team are doing to help those struggling with past incarceration.

What “ingredients” would it take to “tip” the scales in favor of children? How can we create an Oklahoma where child abuse and neglect are near obsolete? Is this possible? We talk about this and more in part two of our interview with Dr. Deborah Shropshire.

Dr. Deborah Shropshire, a pediatrician with OU Children’s Physicians in Oklahoma City. She provides medical care to children at the Pauline Mayer foster shelter and in the Fostering Hope clinic at OU, and also serves as the medical director for foster care for OKDHS, assisting case workers, working on projects related to foster health issues, and providing training on the health of foster kids. She loves to engage her audience in the story of foster kids, and to encourage others to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”.

Below are some helpful links for those interested in children in systems of care.

Fostering Hope Project – Dr. Deb’s blog citing her first hand experiences with children in systems of care and her devotional on Experiencing God’s Heart for Foster Children

OK Fosters – foster care info

America’s Kids Belong – Adoption videos

Oklahoma Heart Gallery – Adoption info, photos, stories, videos

www.careportal.org (faith based, case worker enters family needs and emails go out to churches to help meet the needs – active in 10 counties here in OK, including OKC and Tulsa, and active in 12 states and growing rapidly)

Children are individuals with their own thoughts and perceptions.Their experiences cannot be pieced and parceled into compartments, but do our government agencies and the way we treat children in systems of care reflect that? How, in this age has the child welfare system evolved to help our most vulnerable children transition into adulthood successfully?

Today we’re talking to Dr. Deborah Shropshire, a pediatrician with OU Children’s Physicians in Oklahoma City. She provides medical care to children at the Pauline Mayer foster shelter and in the Fostering Hope clinic at OU, and also serves as the medical director for foster care for OKDHS, assisting case workers, working on projects related to foster health issues, and providing training on the health of foster kids. She loves to engage her audience in the story of foster kids, and to encourage others to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”.

Below are some helpful links for those interested in children in systems of care.

OK Fosters – foster care info

America’s Kids Belong – Adoption videos

Oklahoma Heart Gallery – Adoption info, photos, stories, videos

www.careportal.org (faith based, case worker enters family needs and emails go out to churches to help meet the needs – active in 10 counties here in OK, including OKC and Tulsa, and active in 12 states and growing rapidly)

In light of the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the foiled bombing attempt in OKC by someone allegedly motivated by white supremacy views, how can parents and caring adults talk with children and youth about racism? How can individuals and groups address racism and promote tolerance in their communities? Today we’re talking with Tulsa’s Chief Resilience Officer, DeVon Douglass, to help us weed through this sensitive and often intimidating topic.

DeVon Douglas served as an economic opportunity and poverty policy analyst for the Oklahoma Policy Institute in 2015 – 2016. December of 2016 she was appointed by Tulsa Mayor, G.T. Bynum, to the position of Chief Resilience Officer. She holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science from Missouri State University and a law degree from the University of Tulsa. As the Chief Resilience officer for the City of Tulsa, Ms. Douglas has stated her top priority is addressing the city’s racial divide.

In today’s special episode we’re talk with OICA’s CEO and in-office political guru, Joe Dorman, about what happened at the Oklahoma Supreme Court last week and what it means for OK kids.

What happens when a child discloses abuse? There’s no magic wand that ferries children into a safe, happy, and healthy space. Is our judicial and child welfare system set up in a thoughtful holistic way?

Today we’re talking with Maria Rosales-Lambert, Founder, Program Director, and Bi-lingual Forensic Interviewer at Oklahoma Interviewing Services (OIS). She provides forensic interviews in English and Spanish and training for law enforcement agencies, Department of Human Services (DHS) and Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) throughout the state of Oklahoma.

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Are our kids in Oklahoma getting the best education available? Is what’s available enough? In 2016 The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Oklahoma 42nd in the nation when it comes to education. Our guest will explore a new kind of educational system with us. We’re talking with Dr. John Thompson about “Community Schools.” Is there a better way to approach education?- you weigh in. Have you heard of this concept before– Good, bad, feasible? Let us know what you think on our facebook page 

Thompson is an award-winning historian with a PhD from Rutgers. His varied life experiences include serving as a legislative lobbyist, a school teacher, an oilfield roughneck, and a full range of blue collar jobs.

In the 1980s, John’s neighborhood became a center for drugs and gangs. He became attached to the kids living in homes affected by drug abuse and violence. This experience drove him to become an inner city teacher. Thompson taught for 18 years at John Marshall and Centennial high schools in Oklahoma City. After retiring he continued to teach part time and write. His book, A Teacher’s Tale, is a case study of teaching in the age of school reform.

What do kids from the age 0-5 have to do with economic development? Our guests today explain why entrepreneurs and CEO’s across our state are investing in kids long before they reach the workforce, and the one thing you can do today to make tomorrow better.

Pat Potts is the founder and former CEO of the Potts Family Foundation. At the time of recording, Pat was CEO and Craig Knutson was VP of Advocacy and Outreach at the Foundation. Currently, Pat has retired and Craig has assumed the role of CEO.

OICA CEO, Joe Dorman discusses, life at the state capitol, term limits, the state of educational funding in Oklahoma and more. Join us today on the Oklahoma KIDS COUNT Podcast.

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