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Foster care bill passes OK Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KFOR) –  Senate Bill 727, which proposes several improvements within the state’s foster care system, has unanimous passed the Senate.

According to KFOR, the bill would:

  • Ensure a more collaborative process between parents and DHS and more actively engage parents around decisions involving child placement.
  • Strengthen long-term accountability at DHS by requiring yearly public reports be submitted regarding the foster care system, child welfare staff workloads and other key metrics.
  • Increase support and resources for foster parents and strengthen the Foster Parents Bill of Rights.
  • Reduce liability for foster parents to allow children in DHS custody to participate in appropriate activities, such as permitting foster children to participate in football or basketball.
  • Lower the age from 16 to 14 for youth in DHS custody to receive annual credit reports

“There really isn’t a more important goal – both morally and for the future of our state – than making sure every child has a safe and loving home,” Joe Dorman said this was an important step forward in ensuring that Oklahoma children are safe and in stable homes. “This bill helps us to track our progress and identify potential areas of improvement within child welfare services, increases collaboration between parents and caseworkers, and provides more resources to foster parents.”

The bill now heads to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for consideration.

Information provided by KFOR. 

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