We are honored to announce Judge Doris L. Fransein, Chief Judge, Juvenile Division, Tulsa County District Court, as our Guardian Angel 2017. Throughout her distinguished legal and judicial career, Judge Fransein has been a strong advocate for juvenile justice reform and a tireless champion for children and their parents who are in distress and in trouble.
We are recognizing Judge Fransein for her vision, compassion, determination and willingness to collaborate that led her to launch the Tulsa Safe Babies Court Team in partnership with The Parent Child Center of Tulsa, the Zero To Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and Tulsa County OKDHS Child Welfare. Tulsa became just the 14th jurisdiction in the nation to take bold action to transform the way babies and toddlers are cared for and protected while in state custody. According to Judge Fransein, this initiative will bring Tulsa’s juvenile court and child welfare system “so much closer to achieving the goal of healthy development, permanency and well-being for every Tulsa County infant and toddler in foster care while saving significant financial and human cost.”
Also in 2014, Tulsa County Juvenile Court was selected as one of eight sites for the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges Model Court Project whose purpose is to improve court practices in child abuse and neglect cases and improve outcomes for children and families.
“At a time when it is all too easy to rage against failures in our juvenile justice system, Judge Fransein channels her energy into finding thoughtful, workable solutions to problems facing children and their families,” said Tulsa Lawyer Magazine (March 2016).
We couldn’t agree more!