Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

DHS Closes Emergency Children's Shelter

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

DHS Closes Emergency Children's Shelter

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has placed the last child remaining at the Pauline E. Mayer Shelter with a family and has declared the shelter officially closed.

The Pauline E. Mayer shelter at 5905 N. Classen Ct. in Oklahoma City is one of two large state-run emergency children's shelters in Oklahoma that are being closed.

DHS Director Ed Lake made the decision in January to close both the Mayer shelter in Oklahoma City and the Laura Dester Children's Shelter in Tulsa as part of the agency's efforts to reduce the use of emergency shelters statewide and place children directly into homes with families. These efforts are part of the Pinnacle Plan, the five-year improvement plan for the state's foster care system.

"The closure of the Pauline Mayer Shelter is a significant accomplishment that has both a real and a symbolic impact for our state," said Lake. …

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