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$600,000 Grant to Eastern Oklahoma Girl Scouts (Oct 14, 2010)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is receiving a $600,000 grant for its program helping children whose parents are jail or prison.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it is awarding the grant to the Scouts' Beyond Bars program. The program works to reconnect incarcerated women with their children.

The program also received a two-year, $300,000 grant in September from the U.S. Justice Department. The George Kaiser Family Foundation added $100,000 to go with that grant. The Tulsa World Reported the latest grant will allow the Scouts to add 200 children to the Beyond Bars program.

An estimated 27,000 children in Oklahoma have at least one parent in prison.


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