Laura Dester Children’s Center is in Tulsa. [File photo by MattĀ Barnard, Tulsa World]

Citing an alarmingly high rate of maltreatment, out-of-state experts overseeing Oklahoma’s child welfare reforms have ordered the state to stop placing children immediately in Tulsa’s Laura Dester shelter.

State DHS officials have asked for more time to address the situation, saying many of the children at Laura Dester exhibit extremely violent behaviors and they currently have no other place to put them.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has confirmed seven complaints of maltreatment involving 10 children over a recent 12-month period, the three out-of state monitors said in a March 5 letter to DHS Director Ed Lake.




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