Deaths since 2010
Committee members hope that by studying the deaths they can determine whether changes can be made in policies and procedure to prevent future deaths. Lane said the committee chose to initially focus on deaths since January 2010 because that's when the child welfare agency fully implemented a new practice model for handling child welfare cases.
Lane said he is still recruiting members for his committee but hopes to complete the process within 30 days.
Dr. Robert Block, of Tulsa, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity, Lane said.
Individuals who have already agreed to serve on the committee, he said, include: Barbara Bonner, director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in Oklahoma City; Terri White, commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; and Sandra Park, deputy