Bill focuses on foster kids’ rights
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.