Now four DHS employees — two supervisors, two case workers — are on administrative leave pending an agency investigation. DHS could release a report on that investigation this week. Meantime, House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, who has backed legislation designed to help keep foster children safe, is questioning the agency's approach: “The outcome of Serenity's case is totally unacceptable.”
Steele's right, it is. But his is only the latest bit of railing against DHS. There have been many others, and plenty of efforts through the years to curb the large number of Oklahoma children abused and neglected. Yet it continues to happen.
If DHS mishandled this case, then those responsible should be held accountable. The shame is that Oklahoma has so many cases just like it every year — so many that the news stories about them have become almost formulaic.