American Legion Children's Home Turned Over To New Management

Thursday, February 24th 2011, 3:39 pm
By: News 9

Jacqueline Sit, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A children's home for foster children in Ponca City will remain open after an executive board agreed to turn over the home to another organization.

Oklahoma State Attorney General Scott Pruitt received a letter from the board stating they're willing to surrender all control over to a new entity.

"We're still holding our breaths because nothing has been signed yet, but this means we get to stay open and the kids have a place to stay," Bill Alexander, American Legion Children's Home Executive Director, said.

Alexander said they will never forget what the American Legion has done for 82 years in their service for Oklahoma foster children and their families.

"This is a sad day for American Legion but we'll go on, we will not let one decision made by 16 people determine what the home has done for 8,000 children," Alexander said.

Alexander added there are several potential board members for the newly elected board.

"The attorney general will put together a list and make his recommendations to the judge before a board of directors is appointed," Alexander said.