• Oklahoma Supreme Court sets standards for DNR orders involving children in DHS care

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday established a firm standard on when a hospitalized child in state Department of Human Services care can be allowed to die. Justices decided a judge can authorize the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment only if there is clear and convincing evidence it is in the best interest of the child.

  • Grandfather of child abuse victim dies in prison in Lexington, Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Don Luke, a former newspaper editor in McAlester, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the death of his grandson, Ryan Luke, 2. Luke, 74, died of cancer Thursday at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.

  • Midwest City police find body of father accused in son's death

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A Midwest City father charged in the death of his son, Quinten Wood, killed himself Monday, police said.

  • CARE Center CEO talks about child abuse

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Stacy McNeiland, CARE Center CEO, is trying to raise awareness about child abuse, which she says is an epidemic in Oklahoma County, affecting one in three girls, and one in five boys.

  • Governor names Jari Askins special adviser on child welfare and Pinnacle Plan Implementation

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Former Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Jari Askins was named Thursday as special adviser to the governor on child welfare and Pinnacle Plan implementation.

  • DHS admits mistakes found after foster mom murdered 2 -year-old girl placed in her care

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    A DHS supervisor failed to fully investigate the background of a Tahlequah woman before approving her as a foster mother. A little more than three months later, the foster mother murdered a 2-year-old girl placed in her care. DHS workers also twice failed to call the DHS child abuse and neglect hotline after the girl was hurt in the foster home.

  • Fired Oklahoma Department of Human Services worker charged with identity theft, computer crime

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Brenda McAlister, 56, of Shawnee, was charged with two felony counts Monday in Pottawatomie County District Court. The former Oklahoma Department of Human Services worker is accused of using her DHS computer and a co-worker’s personal information to fraudulently apply for a student loan for her own daughter.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Child welfare reforms will be funded, legislators say

    By M. Scott Carter, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Despite a budget hole of $611 million, a court-ordered reform of Oklahoma’s child welfare system will be funded for the 2016 fiscal year, the chairmen of the Legislature’s budget-writing committees said Monday.

  • DHS failed to investigate call about Oklahoma grandmother who dressed as witch

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A girl’s mother called the Oklahoma Department of Human Services hotline last June after finding cellphone video of a woman who dressed as a witch to discipline the child. DHS officials say the child welfare specialist acted appropriately in declining to investigate because the caller did not say the child was being abused in the video.

  • 3 facts you should know about Oklahoma babies born with drugs or alcohol in their system

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Nearly 400 Oklahoma babies born in 2014 were born addicted to drugs or alcohol. Here are 3 quick facts you should know about the issue.

  • Former Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare supervisor on probation for altering computer records after boy's death

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Former DHS child welfare supervisor Paul Kim Myers, 58, of Edmond, accepted plea deal that makes him a convicted felon to avoid possibility of prison.

  • DHS worker reported smelling marijuana at home of foster parents

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Services failed to remove foster children from a home despite a worker having reported smelling marijuana in the home during a visit, a report states. A 3-year-old boy, Andrew Prior, later died of suspected child abuse.

  • Recommendations to Oklahoma DHS are sent out

    Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services must review plans to develop new foster homes, prepare weekly caseload reports and develop a remediation plan to reduce a Child Protective Services backlog. Those are among the improvements ordered by monitors supervising Oklahoma’s settlement of a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged DHS victimized foster children by failing to find safe homes for them and inadequately monitored their safety because employees were overworked and poorly managed. The so-called Pinnacle Plan is Oklahoma’s $153 million blueprint for remaking the system.




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