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A welcome change at DHS

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 3, 2013

The new year brought new laws, and one deserving notice is a minor change at the Department of Human Services.

Although voters approved major changes in the agency’s administration in November, a law that took effect Jan. 1 modified how the agency investigates child abuse.

In the past, DHS standards for investigating alleged abuse in foster homes or state-owned shelters weren’t as stringent as in cases where parents or caretakers were accused of abusing children in private settings. That inconsistency was cited in a recent class-action lawsuit that ultimately led to last year’s DHS reforms.

Abuse should be thoroughly investigated wherever it occurs. If anything, standards for children in state custody should be higher, not lower, so this is welcome change. Too bad it took a lawsuit to make it happen.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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