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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

Home Economics: These Moms Deserve Our Appreciation

July 1, 2015 - 11:42am CDT

America recently celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to applaud the 3.5 million schoolteachers in this country, including some 400,000 working in private schools. But there are hundreds of thousands more teachers who also deserve our gratitude, including one who lives under my own roof. Th... READ MORE

Families, Not Government, Can Reduce Generational Poverty

May 7, 2014 - 4:23pm CDT

I have previously written in these pages (“Black Leaders Say Personal Responsibility Key to Economic Opportunity,” July 2013) about the mayor of a great city, a prize-winning economist, and an award-winning actor who all speak about the need for stable families. Just last month I discussed the inne... READ MORE

Family Intactness, Parental Participation, and Student Performance

April 9, 2014 - 4:28pm CDT

When President Obama was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly of FOX News, O’Reilly made the statement that poverty is driven by the dissolution of the American family. He specifically asked the president, “Why isn’t there a campaign by you and the First Lady to address this very explicitly?” President Oba... READ MORE

Family Structure, Geography, and Income Mobility

March 12, 2014 - 4:29pm CDT

Politicians and economists from the left and the right have been decrying the lack of economic mobility in the United States and offering different solutions to solve the problem. In a recent interview on CNBC, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, said that although we shou... READ MORE

The Negative Impact of Multi-Generational Welfare

February 12, 2014 - 4:31pm CST

Government welfare programs were originally designed to be temporary to help people get back on their financial feet. Today, that is no longer true. For instance, SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid system, imposes no time limits on the recipients as long as they meet various income-eligibility requirem... READ MORE

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