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  • Refilling the nest: Limited help is available for empty nesters who agree to raise grandchildren in Oklahoma

    By Jessica Allison, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Skip-generation families in Oklahoma provided unique problems for grandparents and grandchildren. Help is available, but more is needed.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers pass DHS reform bill

    By Randy Ellis, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    A bill drafted in response to a Midwest City student with severe disabilities who died after DHS workers failed to respond appropriately to repeated allegations of abuse and neglect sailed through the Oklahoma state Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday.

  • Oklahoma DHS fires child welfare supervisor facing felony charge

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Supervisor Paul Kim Myers is already facing felony charge after police investigation of boy’s death

  • Too many children going into Oklahoma DHS custody, director says

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    DHS had 11,434 children in its custody Thursday.

  • Oklahoma foster mother charged with abuse after reports of monkey attacks

    By Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Deidre Anne Matthews, 46, of Jay, Oklahoma, is charged in Delaware County District Court with three counts of child abuse by injury, child endangerment and child neglect.

  • DHS child welfare specialist fired for gross neglect in Oklahoma

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Rachel Qualls,24, of Oklahoma City, was charged March 14 with neglect of duty in the death of a special-needs teenager.

  • Oklahoma DHS worker, supervisor face criminal charges

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    An Oklahoma DHS child welfare specialist and her supervisor were charged after police investigated the death of a special needs teenager.

  • Proposed Oklahoma law addresses DHS investigations

    Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    A proposed law called the “Quinten Douglas Wood Act of 2014” would require an Oklahoma DHS investigator to make an extra effort to ensure a child’s safety when the child cannot communicate effectively because of disability.

  • Oklahoma House approves state employee pay raise bill

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill designed to grant targeted pay raises to Oklahoma’s most underpaid employees this year, with an ultimate goal of raising all state employee salaries to 90 percent of the private market within four years.

  • Oklahoma human services director seeks $33 million

    Published: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The director of Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services is asking lawmakers to appropriate almost $33 million in state tax dollars to operate the agency through the end of June. DHS director Ed Lake discussed the agency’s supplemental funding request Monday at a meeting of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Human Services. Lake says the funding problems involve salaries for child welfare specialists, rate increases for family foster care, a funding shortfall for child welfare service positions and the growth in the number of children in DHS custody. Lake says the state funding can be used to leverage about $17 million in federal funds. The chairman of the budget panel,