onths in March 2008.
Larry Johnson, director of DHS' Field Operations Division, said, "There is a real focus on the best interest of the child across the department and all staff are working on our mission of helping families help themselves lead safer, healthier, more independent and productive lives."
Sheryl Marseilles, interim state director for the Oklahoma Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, credited the child welfare system's shift in strategy, which creates a plan for children to go back home and puts an alternative plan in place if the child can't go home.
"This was all put in place several years ago," she said, "and it takes time for the system to kind of catch up and see results."
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.