Grant geared toward supporting families whose children are in foster care
A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization has been selected to lead a four-year pilot project geared toward reuniting parents with children who have been removed from home and placed in foster care.
The Arnall Family Foundation said the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) will receive a $1 million "transportation innovation" grant focused on families in Oklahoma County.
Participants will receive help with child visitation, and class, therapy session, and court hearing attendance, the foundation said in a grant announcement.
Services will include on-demand rides and one-on-one mobility coaching for biological parents. Planned and unanticipated trips necessary to fulfill obligations will be scheduled through a custom mobile app.
Foundation President Sue Ann Arnall said CTAA's experience "developing transportation solutions for social service as well as their collaborative approach with local partners made them the clear winner.”
The foundation announced the grant competition last August.
The winning organization gets four years and $1 million to develop a pilot program for improving transportation for parents working toward reunification with their children.
In announcing the competition, Arnall said transportation needs were identified by the United Way of Central Oklahoma as among the top three obstacles facing clients of the organization's partner agencies.
One goal is to develop ideas that could "be replicated to benefit other vulnerable populations, including those affected by the criminal justice system," she said.