Safe Place For Kids
Tuesday, March 13th 2007, 6:00 am
By: News On 6
Tulsa County's Safe Place program has helped more than 1,000 kids in crisis situations since the program began over 15 years ago. This week is National Safe Place Week, where Tulsa's program and others across the U.S. are being recognized.
Six In The Morning reporter Carina Sonn reports there are more than 160 Safe Place locations across Tulsa County. For kids in need, it is over 160 ways to freedom. "Any kind of situation where they feel threatened and they don't know where else to go, but their lives aren't in immediate danger, then we tell them to go to a Safe Place site," says Safe Place coordinator Lyn Kent.
Tulsa County is just one of more than 700 government entities in 37 states with a Safe Place program. In Tulsa, children can go to any fire station, QuikTrip, or Tulsa Transit bus station for help. Employees there will call someone from Youth Services of Tulsa. According to Lyn Kent, a Youth Services representative will come and figure out what that child needs. She says if called for, the child is taken to a Youth Services shelter. In many cases, the child returns to his or her home and the family comes back to Youth Services of Tulsa for counseling.
Youth Services of Tulsa is currently in need of volunteers. To find out how you can help logon the Youth Services of Tulsa's website for more information.