Bill fo­cuses on foster kids’ rights

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - METRO | STATE -

Leg­is­la­tion sent to the gov­er­nor last week would put pro­tec­tions and rights in place for foster chil­dren in cus­tody of the Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices.

House Bill 2552 fo­cuses on foster chil­drens’ place­ment, safety, pri­vacy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and per­sonal growth. It also di­rects DHS and child plac­ing agen­cies to de­velop griev­ance pro­ce­dures for chil­dren in cus­tody.

“Ok­la­homa has around 9,600 kids in state cus­tody and it’s our le­gal and moral re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect their rights and best in­ter­ests,” said state Sen. A.J. Grif­fin, R-Guthrie. “This bill will en­sure that these kids and their foster fam­i­lies are aware of those rights while also pro­vid­ing a safe way for foster kids to re­port griev­ances.”

The bill has been sent to the gov­er­nor’s desk.

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