Thursday, March 10, 2011

Steele’s Legislation Requiring Background Checks in DHS Cases Unanimously Passes House

House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, comments on HB 2136 approved yesterday by the House of Representatives which, in part, requires the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) to conduct criminal background checks on all adults living in a home before a foster child is reunited with a parent.

”Background checks are the most simple and sound step we can take to ensure children in vulnerable, at-risk situations are placed in a safe home when they are reunited with their family.

“Another crucial part of the legislation is to execute concise and consistent communication among the several state agencies involved with these cases. Sharing service reports will help equip those determining placement and hopefully prevent any child from slipping through the cracks.”

House Bill 2136 passed the House 97-0. It now proceeds to the Senate for consideration.
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