Court documents cite 'severe disarray' within DHS

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Documents filed in a federal lawsuit brought against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services cite "severe disarray" within the state's foster care system.

Attorneys for Children's Rights, a New York-based child advocacy group, made the claim in documents filed yesterday in federal court in Tulsa.

The attorneys claim the lack of organization within DHS led to nine foster children having contact with 176 primary caseworkers, 125 secondary workers and 190 supervisors who oversaw the care of the children.

Don Bingham, an attorney who is representing DHS, says the reason why the children had so many changes in primary caseworkers is being looked into.

He says the number of secondary workers wasn't a primary concern, because such workers might have just performed a clerical task involving a particular case.

Children's Rights sued DHS in February, seeking a complete overhaul of the state's child welfare system.

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