• Report shows DHS needs help to improve child welfare practices

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Updated: Thu, Oct 24, 2013

    THREE out-of-state experts who are monitoring the state's child welfare reform efforts rapped the Department of Human Services pretty good in their first progress report Wednesday. The report also included this message for the Legislature and the general public: Their help is also needed. The experts, called “co-neutrals,” were understandably troubled that DHS had submitted inaccurate data related to foster homes and shelter stays by kids in state custody. DHS initially said 1,543 new foster homes and adoptive homes were recruited during fiscal year 2011. After the co-neutrals found several homes that had been double counted or shouldn't have been included, the figure dropped by nearly 400.