For Immediate Release
February 20, 2017
Foster Care Reform and Improvement Bill Advances
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) today thanked lawmakers for advancing a bill to help better serve children and parents within the state’s foster care system. Senate Bill 727, by Sen. AJ Griffin (R-Guthrie) would:
The bill was heard today in the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, where lawmakers voted unanimously (11-0) to advance the bill.
OICA CEO Joe Dorman said the legislation is part of a long-term strategy to improve foster care in Oklahoma.
“All children deserve loving, safe and stable homes,” said Dorman. “This bill helps us get closer to that goal by increasing accountability within the foster care system, encouraging collaboration between parents and DHS caseworkers, and supporting the adults who have made the decision to become foster parents and open their homes to children-in-need.
“In the last several years, the state has made great strides in improving foster services through the Pinnacle Plan. This bill helps build on that momentum and ensure we continue to move forward and seek additional improvements at DHS. My thanks go out to AJ Griffin for her work on this important legislation, and all the lawmakers who have supported it. My hope is for this bill to make it to the governor’s desk quickly so we can begin seeing additional positive changes at DHS.”