Organization suing Oklahoma Department of Human Services submits remedies

Children’s Rights, a child advocacy group based in New York, has submitted its list of remedies in its lawsuit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

The organization is pursuing a class action lawsuit against the state for allegations of child abuse to children in the state’s foster care system.

U.S. District Judge Greg Frizzell ordered the organization to submit a list of potential remedies at a hearing in January.

Among the Children’s Rights suggestions:

Capping the amount of cases per DHS caseworker More training for caseworkers and foster parents An assessment of resources before foster care placement is determined Stick monitoring of rules for foster care supervisors Require DHS to meet the outcome measures of foster care children established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services A system to measure DHS quality of treatment and services A monitor set up by the federal court to oversee any mandates handed down by the federal court to DHS.

Children’s Rights is suing the state on behalf of nine children alleged to have been abused while in the state’s foster-care system. The organization is seeking to have the lawsuit upgraded to class action to sue the state on behalf of all children in state custody.

The organization states in its brief to the judge, that the two parties should first discuss a plan of action agreed by both sides before pursuing court ordered mandates. “Scott Cooper

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