Though Oklahoma’s reported number of released children is relatively low at 212, the nationwide number is staggering.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement says more than 30,000 unaccompanied minors have been released to sponsors across the US between January 1 and July 7.
The ORR was created because “U.S. policy allows refugees of special humanitarian concern entrance into our country, reflecting our core values and our tradition of being a safe haven for the oppressed,” according to their website.
Once the agency receives a child from the Department of Homeland Security, it is their responsibility to continuously seek a proper place to put the child.
Sponsors are typically family members, but if no family member can be found they are released into the custody of a family friend.
All sponsors are required to pass a background check.
Oklahoma's Fort Sill has been housing unaccompanied minors since June.
More information here.