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Oklahoma DHS looks to overhaul foster children services

Published: Nov. 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM CST
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is currently reviewing plans to overhaul their services for foster children.

The recommendations for improvements have been ordered by monitors supervising Oklahoma's settlement of a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges DHS victimized foster children by failing to find safe homes for them and inadequately monitored their safety because employees were overworked and poorly managed. The so-called Pinnacle Plan is Oklahoma's $153 million blueprint for remaking the system.

A progress report issued last month by the monitors found that the department's shortcomings included more than 1,000 child abuse and neglect investigations that were overdue.