Monitors in child-welfare settlement won't approve Oklahoma DHS plan as-is

BY GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World Modified: May 9, 2012 at 10:12 am •  Published: May 9, 2012
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The monitors overseeing the child-welfare improvement plan for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services will not give their approval to the latest version, according to a statement Wednesday morning.

The improvement plan -- referred as the Pinnacle Plan -- is the agreement made to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Children's Rights seeking changes in how the foster-care system operates.

In the statement, the panel called the plan a "very positive step forward for the children and families of Oklahoma."

But the statement added, "This process is critically important, and all parties agree some additional time is required to conclude our work together to achieve the best possible reform plan for Oklahoma's children."

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