The attorneys suing DHS cited the two cases as "graphic proof” that the safety and welfare of Oklahoma’s foster children are not being adequately protected by DHS and the state juvenile court system. They want a Tulsa federal judge to declare their case to be a class action so they can represent all children in DHS custody. There are about 7,230 Oklahoma children in foster care. DHS attorneys want the judge to dismiss the case. DHS spokesman George Johnson referred questions to attorney Don Bingham, who did not return telephone calls seeking comment. Bingham is a Tulsa private attorney who is helping defend DHS in the case. The next hearing is scheduled Jan. 7 in Tulsa federal court.
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