Oklahoma Strong Family Defense Fund is a grassroots effort to help families with the legal expenses involved in defending against a court’s efforts to terminate parental rights.
Why would a court attempt to terminate the parental rights of good parents? In Oklahoma, a holistic approach to kids with mental health needs doesn’t exist. Consequently, kids who need intensive mental health care don’t get it, and they often develop behaviors that make them a threat to themselves, the other children in their family, and their parents. With nowhere to turn, parents are made the scapegoat by a broken justice system which often files termination of parental rights, and parents are forced to hire legal representation in an effort to keep their families together.