Report says DHS failed to care for young victims

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A report filed in connection with a lawsuit
against the state Department of Human Services says DHS failed to
care for children who are victims of abuse or neglect.
The report was filed Wednesday in Tulsa in a federal
class-action lawsuit that calls for reform of Oklahoma's child
welfare system. It was prepared by consultant Peg McCartt Hess for
New York-based Children's Rights.
Hess says DHS failed to keep children safe in each of seven
cases she reviewed. She says in one case it took two years to refer
a sex abuse victim for psychological or psychiatric evaluation
despite the child cutting herself.
DHS attorney Donald Bingham of Tulsa says he hasn't had a chance
to review the report.


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