Testimonials

“OLFC will take on, on a one lawyer to one child basis, the representation that a child needs to have the full benefits of the child protection system….. OLFC is a major resource for the courts, the child welfare system, and the children. When I am involved in a case that is going awry, everyone is getting confused, the issues are compounding on each other, and we clearly need a committed legal advocate for the child, I pick up the phone and contact OLFC. I know that they will respond and take a leadership role in getting the child protected and the case back on track.

…There is no other organization that provides this level of free services for children.”

Barbara L. Bonner, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
CMRI/Jean Gumerson Endowed Chair
Director, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

“I have come to trust OLFC as an indispensable resource for helping some of the most vulnerable members of our society. It is an unfortunate reality that far too many children find themselves in less than perfect conditions and caught in the machinery of the judicial system. OLFC offers these children the help, support, and commitment they need to deal with these troubles. Child welfare issues can be heart-wrenchingly difficult and OLFC willing and effectively takes on these challenges with compassion and professionalism.”

John Langford
Assistant General Counsel
Oklahoma Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Division

“Lawyers for Children has reduced that burden [Public Defender’s Office having a case load nearly 7 times that of the suggested caseload for children’s attorneys, according to the American Bar Association]….In addition, [O]LFC Volunteers take on cases and actively represent children thorough jury trial, if necessary, in the deprived cases in which the PD’s Office has conflicted out.”

The Honorable Richard W. Kirby
Associate District Judge
Seventh Judicial District, State of Oklahoma

“[OLFC brings] resources to a severely under-funded Public Defender’s (PD) office and hundreds of pro-bono advocate attorneys to the aid of children. OLFC catapulted the representation of children, the reputation of juvenile court to the level of respect it deserved and greatly raised the awareness of the deprived needs within our community. The awareness created has helped all of us whose missions involve making life better for abused and neglected children.”

Lee Ann Limber
Executive Director
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)

“The juvenile court Judges in Oklahoma County are extremely proud of and blessed by OLFC, and pray that their services will go on forever.”

The Honorable Richard W. Kirby
Associate District Judge
Seventh Judicial District, State of Oklahoma

The Honorable Roger Stuart, Stephen Alcorn & Larry Shaw
Special District Judges
Seventh Judicial District, State of Oklahoma

“OLFC [is] an indispensable resource to the courts, to the lawyers, and to the workers, but more importantly to the children. I have worked with OLFC [and] have observed its dedication and genuine desire to help those children, who through no action of their own, find themselves as part of the ‘system’. If a need is identified that can be resolved with the assistance of a private attorney or trained volunteer, OLFC quickly responds to meet the need….The needs met by OLFC are real. They involve a vulnerable sector of our population who, have little, if any, control over their lives. OLFC fills a void in the child welfare system.”

Gene Gist Callaway
Assistant General Counsel
Oklahoma Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Division

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