Oklahoma children’s home saved from closure for now

OKLAHOMA CITY (BestGrowthStock) – An Oklahoma children’s home facing closure at the end of this year has been given at least a temporary lifeline after the state attorney general convinced a judge to keep the home open.

“These kids count on the American Legion Children’s home for shelter, safety and sustenance,” Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson said. “To take that away is unconscionable. We must find a workable solution.”

Kay County District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday to stop the closing of the American Legion Children’s Home in Ponca City, which cares for 44 children. He will consider a more permanent remedy in a hearing slated for December 14.

The shelter was founded in 1929 primarily to care for needy children who were descendants of active and former military servicemen and women.

The home relies heavily on Medicaid funding and has struggled financially. At the end of October, an executive committee of the home voted to close it on December 31 and auction off its assets.

“Shame on the American Legion and especially the home’s board for their callous indifference to the plight of 44 children,” Edmondson said. “That it’s almost Christmas only serves to worsen the impact of this decision.”

A spokesman for the American Legion declined to comment.

The school offers services and care for children with learning disabilities and emotional problems and provides independent living training for children 16 and older.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam, editing by Peter Bohan)

Oklahoma children’s home saved from closure for now