Collinsville, Oklahoma
May 21, 2012
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Senator Brinkley On Foster Care

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Copyright 2012 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Senate Review by Sen. Rick Brinkley
(From April 30th): Foster Care & Other Topics
April 30, 2012


With just weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session, conference committees will soon begin to meet as we attempt to reach compromise on legislation. Budget negotiations have begun in earnest, as legislative leaders and Gov. Mary Fallin must reach an agreement in principal on the state’s fiscal year 2012 budget prior to the Legislature’s planned May 25 sine die adjournment.

I’m pleased to have been named to serve as a member of the General Conference Committee on Appropriations and look forward to working with my fellow legislators to craft a responsible, balanced budget within the next month.

In other news, May is Foster Care Appreciation Month. Relative to the size of our population, Oklahoma has a high number of foster children. Tragically, there are not enough healthy, stable foster homes in the state. Worse yet, this inequity doesn’t account for the many children in out-of-home placements because they require a higher level of care.

Living in a stable home is important to a child’s well-being and prospects for future success. The prospect of a foster child becoming a successful, productive citizen is significantly jeopardized if they lack a stable environment and support structure.

If you’re able to consider the responsibility of caring for a foster child, I hope you will call the Department of Human Services and request further information. The program represents an opportunity to positively impact a child’s life, while enriching your own. It can be an extraordinary gift for a child.

If you cannot take a child into your home, there are numerous opportunities to help. Most foster children are in need of clothing, shoes, schools supplies, and other necessities. If you’re interested in helping children in your area, you can donate items to your local DHS office. You can also make donations to the Foster Care Association of Oklahoma (FCAO), which helps raise funds to support Oklahoma’s foster families and children. This is a 501(c) 3 organization, so all cash contributions are tax deductible.

Last year, I co-authored a proposal creating a Task Force to examine the state’s foster care system. As a result of the Task Force’s recommendations, legislation is currently advancing at the state Capitol to significantly reform the state’s foster care system and give foster children better, more stable environments.

The importance of recruiting and retaining good foster parents cannot be overstated.

Please feel free to contact me at the state Capitol by calling (405) 521-5566 or by email at


Contact: Senator Rick Brinkley (Vice Chair, Finance)
Senate District 34
State Capitol: (405) 521-5566

Home Representative Club (May Meeting)
Twelve members of the GFWC Home Representative Club and special guest Ellen Mitchell gathered May 1, 2012 at the Baptist Tabernacle Church, for a salad supper, and the final meeting of the year.

Business items included preparations for the Apron Style Show, scheduled for June 24, 2-4 PM - the show will be part of the ongoing Smithsonian Exhibit on the history of food at the Collinsville Library. Rick Brinkley will emcee the event.

At upcoming school assemblies, Louise Brazeal will present a $500 scholarship to graduating Senior Tiarra Reed, and Rusti Brinkley will present a plaque to HOBY winner Chandler Hunt. Perfect attendance awards were given to club members Louise Brazeal, Jeanie Barnes, Linda Pfeffer, and Margaret Waldorf.

The evening concluded with the revealing of Secret Sister gifts and "giftees" - some surprises, and some "I knew it all along!"

--Submitted by Linda Pfeffer (5/11/2012)

May Hostesses Alberta Bonebrake and Krista Nall

Tia Reed & Louise Brazeal

Chandler Hunt & Rusti Brinkley
Patchwork Quilters (May Meeting)
The Collinsville Patchworkers and guest Linda Hare met May 8 at the Library's community room. Members discussed organizing a retreat weekend, and volunteers will research possible locations. Program Chairman Janice Coke shared hints regarding turntable cutting mats and her favorite marking pencils, in addition to sharing patterns from previous programs.

Door prizes were awarded, and the color "lime green" was chosen for the "dozen 5" squares exchange" at the June 12 meeting.

--Submitted by Linda Pfeffer (5/11/2012)

President Tonya Rosamond, with her "wonky tree" quilt.