For Immediate Release
April 18, 2017
Foster Care Improvement and Reform Package Passes Without Opposition in Oklahoma House of Representatives
OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to improve and reform the state’s foster care services passed 86-0 today in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman called it a major victory for the state’s vulnerable children, foster parents and social workers. Senate Bill 727 would:
SB 727 passed unanimously in the Oklahoma Senate last month. The House voted today on a slightly amended version of the bill, meaning it will go back to the Senate for a final vote before being sent to the governor for her signature.
Dorman said the legislation will help every child “find a safe, stable and loving home.”
“This bill provides a permanent framework for improvement within the foster care system,” said Dorman. “Parents, guardians and social workers often have to make really difficult decisions, and this legislation helps to ensure there is a collaborative process focused on children and their best interests. It also provides foster parents with more support and resources while strengthening accountability and transparency within the Department of Human Services.”
Dorman thanked and praised the authors of the bill, Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) and Sen. AJ Griffin (R-Guthrie).
“Their leadership is a big part of the reason SB 727 is advancing so quickly and with so little opposition,” said Dorman. “I appreciate their passion for promoting child welfare and improving how the state cares for our youngest and most vulnerable residents.”